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The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
[T]he infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.
Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.
Fear is the main source of superstition and one of the main sources of cruelty.
Man needs for his happiness not only the enjoyment of this or that but hope and enterprise and change.
No matter how eloquently a dog may bark he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest.
To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it.
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
The problem of finding a collection of “wise” men and leaving the government to them is thus an insoluble one. That is the ultimate reason for democracy.
Most people would die sooner than think in fact they do.
The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.
Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn
Science tells us what we can know, but what we can know is little, and if we forget how much we cannot know, we become insensitive to many things of great importance.
The affection of parents makes infants feel safe in this dangerous world, and gives them boldness in experimentation and in exploration of their environments.
Science is what you know philosophy is what you don't know.
Grammar and ordinary language are bad guides to metaphysics. A great book might be written showing the influence of syntax on philosophy.
Nothing can penetrate the loneliness of the human heart except the highest intensity of the sort of love the religious teachers have preached.
To teach how to live with uncertainty and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can still do for those who study it.
Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable and praised when they are not praiseworthy.
Whenever one finds oneself inclined to bitterness it is a sign of emotional failure.
The Victorian Age, for all its humbug, was a period of rapid progress, because men were dominated by hope rather than fear. If we are again to have progress, we must again be dominated by hope.
Three passions simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love the search for knowledge and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.
Drunkenness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely negative a momentary cessation of unhappiness.
Continuity of purpose is one of the most essential ingredients of happiness in the long run and for most men this comes chiefly through their work.
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
For my part, I prefer the ontological argument, the cosmological argument and the rest of the old stock-in-trade, to the sentimental illogicality that has sprung from Rousseau.
The secret of happiness is this: Let your interests be as wide as possible and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
In all affairs love religion politics or business it's a healthy idea now and then to hang a question mark on things you have long taken for granted.
Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attibutable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.
A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety.
All that alcohol does for them is to liberate the sense of sin, which reason suppresses in saner moments.
Philosophy, from the earliest times, has made greater claims, and achieved fewer results, than any other branch of learning.
Advocates of capitalism like to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.
Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist since at least half of the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
Where envy is unavoidable it must be used as a stimulus to one’s own efforts, not to the thwarting of the efforts of rivals.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.
In Labor movements generally, success through violence can hardly be expected except in circumstances where success without violence is attainable.
Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.
The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.
The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time.