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The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
The whole conception of 'sin' is one which I find very puzzling, doubtless owing to my sinful nature.
War grows out of ordinary human nature.
Neither love without knowledge nor knowledge without love can produce a good life.
It is evident as a matter of logic that, since they (world religions) disagree, not more than one of them can be true.
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
If our logic is to find the common world intelligible, it must not be hostile, but must be inspired by a genuine acceptance such as is not usually to be found among metaphysicians.
A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked not endured with patient resignation.
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
The true spirit of delight the exultation the sense of being more than Man which is the touchstone of the highest excellence is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.
It is preoccupation with possession more than anything else that prevents men from living freely and nobly.
To be able to use leisure intelligently will be the last product of an intelligent civilization.
Self-respect will keep a man from being abject when he is in the power of enemies and will enable him to feel that he may be in the right when the world is against him.
Happiness, as is evident, depends partly upon external circumstances and partly upon oneself.
Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know
Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.
The more we realize our minuteness and our impotence in the face of cosmic forces the more astonishing becomes what human beings have achieved.
To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.
In this lies Man's true freedom: in determination to worship only the God created by our own love of the good.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.
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.
We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs.
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
We have two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice and the other which we practice but seldom preach.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one which we preach, but do not practice, and another which we practice, but seldom preach.
A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked not be endured with patient resignation.
Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
The man who can centre his thoughts and hopes upon something transcending self can find a certain peace in the ordinary troubles of life, which is impossible to the pure egoist.
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already 3-parts dead.
In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is very important.
Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one.
Real life is to most men a long second best a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible.
Unless a man has been taught what to do with success after getting it the achievement of it must inevitably leave him a prey to boredom.
Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so sure of themselves and wiser people so full of doubts.
Having knowledge of an unethical act and allowing it to continue can spread a contagion that can affect multiple beings in society
The search for something permanent is one of the deepest of the instincts leading men to philosophy.
No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.
I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.
Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.
Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live.
There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.