The essence of good manners consists in making it clear that one has no wish to hurt. When it is clearly necessary to hurt, it must be done in such a way as to make it evident that the necessity is felt to be regrettable.
Love is a slippery eel that bites like hell
No opinion has ever been too errant to become a creed.
We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power.
You must believe that you can help bring about a better world.
One who believes, as I do, that the free intellect is the chief engine of human progress, cannot but be fundamentally opposed to Bolshevism, as much as to the Church of Rome.
Look at me. Look at me is one of the fundamental desires of human heart.
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.
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
Man can be scientifically manipulated.
At all times, except when a monarch could enforce his will, war has been facilitated by the fact that vigorous males, confident of victory, enjoyed it, while their females admired them for their prowess.
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.
The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.
Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.
Human nature being what it is, people will insist upon getting some pleasure out of life.
Science is what we know, and philosophy is what we don't know.
The philosophies that have been inspired by scientific technique are power philosophies, and tend to regard everything non-human as mere raw material. Ends are no longer considered; only the skillfulness of the process is valued. This also is a form of madness. It is, in our day, the most dangerous
Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
Thomas Aquinas states parenthetically, as something entirely obvious, that men are more rational than women. For my part, I see no evidence of this.
The . . . increase in the power of officials is a constant source of irritation to everybody else.
A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime.
Any pleasure that does no harm to other people is to be valued.
Even in the most purely logical realms, it is insight that first arrives at what is new.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
Whatever we know without inference is mental.
Belief systems provide a programme which relieves the necessity of thought.
The resistance to a new idea increases by the square of its importance.
... the word "theory" ... was originally an Orphic word, which Cornford interprets as "passionate sympathetic contemplation" ... For Pythagoras, the "passionate sympathetic contemplation" was intellectual, and issued in mathematical knowledge ... To those who have reluctantly learnt a little mathema
Modern American politicians have the same cowardice about denying an equally bloodthirsty even sillier god, Jehovah.None of us would seriously consider the possibility that all the gods of Homer really exist... I think that all of us would say in regard to those gods that we were atheists. In regard
(on A History of Western Philosophy) I was sometimes accused by reviewers of writing not a true history but a biased account of the events that I arbitrarily chose to write of. But to my mind, a man without a bias cannot write interesting history - if, indeed, such man exists.