The result of cutting [political power] up into little bits is simply that the man who can sweep the greatest number into one heap will govern the rest... In a pure democracy the ruling men will be the wirepullers and their friends; but they will no more be on an equality with the voters than soldie
To try to regulate the internal affairs of a family, the relations of love or friendship, or many other things of the same sort, by law or by the coercion of public opinion, is like trying to pull an eyelash out of a man's eye with a pair of tongs. They may put out the eye, but they will never get h
A well-judging man will open his trunk-line of study in such a direction that, while habitually adhering to it, he may enjoy a ready access to such other fields of knowledge as are most nearly related to it.
Wisdom may be the ultimate arbiter, but is seldom the immediate agent in human affairs.
Not only are the varieties of morality innumerable, but some of them are conflicting with each other.
To me this question whether liberty is a good or a bad thing appears as irrational as the question whether fire is a good or a bad thing. It is both good and bad according to time, place, and circumstance, and a complete answer to the question, In what cases is liberty good and in what cases is it b
Each must act as he thinks best; and if he is wrong, so much the worse for him. We stand on a mountain pass in the midst of whirling snow and blinding mist through which we get glimpses now and then of paths which may be deceptive. If we stand still we shall be frozen to death. If we take the wrong
Persuasion, indeed, is a kind of force. It consists in showing a person the consequences of his actions. It is, in a word, force applied through the mind.
Originally consists in thinking for yourself, and not in thinking unlike other people.
Thus hope, aided by imagination, makes one man a hero, another a somnambulist, and a third a lunatic; while it renders them all enthusiasts.
The things which cannot be adequately represented by words are more important than those which can.
A liberal conservative is a man who thinks things ought to progress but would rather they remained as they are.
Parliamentary government is simply a mild and disguised form of compulsion. We agree to try strength by counting heads instead of breaking heads, but the principle is exactly the same... The minority gives way not because it is convinced that it is wrong, but because it is convinced that it is a min
Used with due abstinence, hope acts as a healthful tonic; intemperately indulged, as an enervating opiate. The visions of future triumph, which at first animate exertion, if dwelt upon too intently, will usurp the place of the stern reality; and, noble objects will be contemplated, not for their own
To try to make men equal by altering social arrangements is like trying to make the cards of equal value by shuffling the pack.
Power and courtly influence form an intoxicating draught even when raised to the lips of an ascetic and a saint.
Here's a Challenge: Study a complicated topic in such detail that anyone interested can nod their head and understand as you explain specific concepts within the topic.
Do not grow old, no matter how long you live.
Time has no independent existence apart from the order of events by which we measure it.
Things you can get access to, you should never memorize.
The question that drives me hazy is whether it is I or others who is crazy.
Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perennially rejuvenated illusions.
To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is a something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble reflection, this is religiousness. In this sense I am religious.
What you can't imagine, you can't discover.
Marie Curie is, of all celebrated beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted.
To me it is enough to wonder at the secrets
.. free and responsible development of the individual, so that he may place his powers freely and gladly in the service of all mankind. There is no room in this for the divinization of a nation, of a class, let alone of an individual. Are we not all children of one father, as it is said in religious
The longing to behold this pre-established harmony [of phenomena and theoretical principles] is the source of the inexhaustible patience and perseverance with which Planck has devoted himself ... The state of mind which enables a man to do work of this kind is akin to that of the religious worshiper
The field is the sole influence of the particle.
It is impossible to get out of a problem by using the same kind of thinking that it took to get into it.
There are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views
Education is not received. It is achieved.
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else has ever thought.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. Albert Eins
Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purposehe knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it.But without deeper reflection one knows from daily lifethat one exists for other people.