The coward wretch whose hand and heart Can bear to torture aught below, Is ever first to quail and start From the slightest pain or equal foe.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation. Bertrand Rus
Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed.
Patriotism which has the quality of intoxication is a danger not only to its native land but to the world, and "My country never wrong" is an even more dangerous maxim than "My country, right or wrong."
I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
[Man] ... his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labour of the ages, all the devotion,
Speaking psycho-analytically, it may be laid down that any "great ideal" which people mention with awe is really an excuse for inflicting pain on their enemies. Good wine needs no bush, and good morals need no bated breath.
Owing to the identification of religion with virtue, together with the fact that the most religious men are not the most intelligent, a religious education gives courage to the stupid to resist the authority of educated men, as has happened, for example, where the teaching of evolution has been made
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence. Bertrand Russel
Everything that frees our spirit without giving us control of ourselves is ruinous.
Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.
It is as certain as it is strange that truth and error come from one and the same source. Thus it is that we are often not at liberty to do violence to error, because at the same time we do violence to truth.
Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
If a man knows where to get good advice, it is as though he could supply it himself.
Yet he who grasps the moment's gift, He is the proper man.
The written word has this advantage, that it lasts and can await the time when it is allowed to take effect.
If you don't know foreign languages, you don't know anything about your own.
A man doesn't learn to understand anything unless he loves it.
Character develops itself in the stream of life. Johann Wolfgang von Go
Hold your powers together for something good and let everything go that is for you without result and is not suited to you.
You'll never attain it unless you know the feeling.
Too rigid scruples are concealed pride.
Our foibles are really what make us lovable.
Presents at once? That's good. He is sure to succeed.
The world remains ever the same.
There is no patriotic art and no patriotic science.
Nature reacts not only to physical disease, but also to moral weakness; when the danger increases; she gives us greater courage
Character calls forth character.
The misfortune in the state is, that nobody can enjoy life in peace, but that everybody must govern; and in art, that nobody will enjoy what has been produced, but that every one wants to reproduce on his own account.