That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one
During the last considerable epidemic at the turn of the century, I was a member of the Health Committee of London Borough Council, and I learned how the credit of vaccination is kept up statistically by diagnosing all the revaccinated cases (of smallpox) as pustular eczema, varioloid or what not---
All great Truth first starts as Blasphemy.
I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.
I do not want actors and actresses to understand my plays. That is not necessary. If they will only pronounce the correct sounds I can guarantee the results.
No age or condition is without its heroes . The least incapable general in a nation is its CÃ¦sar, the least imbecile statesman its Solon , the least confused thinker its Socrates , the least commonplace poet its Shakespeare .
The whole world is strewn with snares, traps, gins and pitfalls for the capture of men by women.
Never forget that if you leave your law to judges and your religion to bishops, you will presently find yourself without either law or religion.
The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.
The frontier between hell and heaven is only the difference between two ways of looking at things.
You know, Tolstoy, like myself, wasn't taken in by superstitions like science and medicine.
I am very subtle; but Man is deeper in his thought than I am. The woman knows that there is no such thing as nothing: the man knows that there is no such day as tomorrow. I do well to worship them.
Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
This souls'prison we call England.
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
Thus, I blush to add, you can not be a philosopher and a good man, though you may be a philosopher and a great one.
Faith in reason as a prime motor is no longer the criterion of the sound mind, any more than faith in the Bible is the criterion of righteous intention.
I do not waste my time writing pot-boilers: the pot must be boiled, and even my pot au feu has some chunks of fresh meat in it. ...I have no time to boil myself down; and anyhow I could not do so and preserve all the necessary nutriment and the flavoring on which the digestibility depends.
The worst cliques are those which consist of one man.
A man without an address is a vagabond; a man with two addresses is a libertine.
Brigham Young lived to become immortal in history as an American Moses by leading his people through the wilderness into an unpromised land.
Give women the vote, and in five years there will be a crushing tax on bachelors.
An index is a great leveller.
Take the utmost care to get well born and well brought up.
Those who won't hesitate to vivisect, won't hesitate to lie about it as well.
If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.
Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.
Of all human struggles there is none so treacherous and remorseless as the struggle between the artist man and the mother woman.
When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them.