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Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth.
I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.
Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
In Greece wise men speak and fools decide.
Consciousness is a born hermit.
To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
Science is nothing but developed perception interpreted intent common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.
Nothing you can lose by dying is half so precious as the readiness to die which is man's charter of nobility.
The earth has its music for those who will listen.
In a moving world readaptation is the price of longevity.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
Boston is a moral and intellectual nursery always busy applying first principles to trifles.
England is the paradise of individuality eccentricity heresy anomalies hobbies and humours.
Well-bred instinct meets reason halfway.
The word experience is like a shrapnel shell, and bursts into a thousand meanings.
It is wisdom to believe the heart.
A man's memory may almost become the art of continually varying and misrepresenting his past according to his interest in the present.
Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another people are friends in spots.
Prayer among sane people has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end.
Each religion by the help of more or less myth which it takes more or less seriously proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.
To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
The man who is not permitted to own is owned.
Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.
If artists and poets are unhappy it is after all because happiness does not interest them.
History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
The wisest mind hath something yet to learn.
If a man really knew himself he would utterly despise the ignorant notions others might form on a subject in which he had such matchless opportunities for observation.
There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar: it keeps the mind nimble, it kills prejudice, and it fosters humor.
Since barbarism has its pleasures it naturally has its apologists.
Every real object must cease to be what it seemed and none could ever be what the whole soul desired.
My atheism like that of Spinoza is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image to be servants of their human interests.
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval
An artist may visit a museum but only a pedant can live there.
Art is a delayed echo.
Real unselfishness consists in sharing the interests of others.
Life is not a spectacle or a feast it is a predicament.
Popular poets are the parish priests of the Muse retailing her ancient divinations to a long since converted public.
Progress far from consisting in change depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are content to repeat it.
The fact of having been born is a bad augury for immortality.
The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.
Habit is stronger than reason.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
Everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence.
There is no cure for birth or death save to enjoy the interval.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them.