Diversity is essential to happiness and in Utopia there is hardly any. This is a defect in all planned social systems.
I have found, for example, that if I have to write upon sum rather difficult topic, the best plan is to think about it with very great intensity-the greatest intensity of which I am capable-for a few hours or days, and at the end of that time give orders, so to speak (to my subconscious mind) that t
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
Neither the Church nor modern public opinion condemns petting, provided it stops short at a certain point.
Righteousness cannot be born until self-righteousness is dead.
The morality of work is the morality of slaves, and the modern world has no need of slavery.
There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.
The frequency with which a man experiences lust depends upon his own physical condition, whereas the occasion which rouse such feelings in him depend upon the social conventions to which he is accustomed
What is matter? Never mind.
Children, after being limbs of Satan in traditional theology and mystically illuminated angels in the minds of educational reformers, have reverted to being little devils; not theological demons inspired by the evil one, but scientific Freudian abominations inspired by the unconscious.
God and Satan alike are essentially human figures, the one a projection of ourselves, the other of our enemies.
It is odd that neither the Church nor modern public opinion condemns petting, provided it stops short at a certain point. At what point sin begins is a matter as to which casuists differ. One eminently orthodox Catholic divine laid it down that a confessor may fondle a nun's breasts, provided he doe
It is, of course, clear that a country with a large foreign population must endeavour, through its schools, to assimilate the children of immigrants. It is, however, unfortunate that a large part of this process should be effected by means of a somewhat blatant nationalism.
Socrates was the chief saint of the Stoics throughout their history ; his attitude at the time of his trial, his refusal to escape, his calmness in the face of death , and his contention that the perpetrator of injustice injures himself more than his victim, all fitted in perfectly with Stoic teachi
I do so hate to leave this world.
Altogether it will be found that a quiet life is characteristic of great men, and that their pleasures have not been of the sort that would look exciting to the outward eye.
What Galileo and Newton were to the seventeenth century, Darwin was to the nineteenth.
There is no difference between someone who eats too little and sees Heaven and someone who drinks too much and sees snakes.
I do not pretend that birth control is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing. There are others, which, one must suppose, opponents of birth control would prefer.
Great God in Boots! â€“ the ontological argument is sound!
In a Balkan country, not so many years ago, a party which had been beaten by a narrow margin in a general election retrieved its fortunes by shooting a sufficient number of the representatives of the other side to give it a majority. . . . Cromwell and Robespierre . . . acted likewise..
A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.
I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
I do not believe that I am now dreaming, but I cannot prove that I am not. I am, however, quite certain that I am having certain experiences, whether they be those of a dream or those of waking life.
The road to happiness and prosperity lies in an organized diminution of work.
What vanity needs for its satisfaction is glory, and it's easy to have glory without power.
I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy.
A democrat need not believe that the majority will always reach a wise decision. He should however believe in the necessity of accepting the decision of the majority, be it wise or unwise, until such a time that the majority reaches another decision.
The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.
Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit.