Those whose lives are fruitful to themselves, to their friends, or to the world are inspired by hope and sustained by joy: they see in imagination the things that might be and the way in which they are to be brought into existence.
All the conditions of happiness are realized in the life of the man of science.
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.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Bertrand Rus
Writing can be either readable or precise, but not at the same time.
For my part, the thing I would wish to obtain from money would be leisure with security. But what the typical modern man desires to get with it is more money, with a view to ostentation, splendour, and the outshining of those who have hitherto been his equals.
All the important human advances that we know of since historical times began have been due to individuals of whom the majority faced virulent public opposition.
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
A widespread belief is more often likely to be foolish than sensible.
It is essential to happiness that our way of living should spring from our own deep impulses and not from the accidental tastes and desires of those who happen to be our neighbors, or even our relations.
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is its exact opposite
Love is wise â€“ Hatred is foolish.
All movements go too far.
The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
It seems to me now that mathematics is capable of an artistic excellence as great as that of any music, perhaps greater; not because the pleasure it gives (although very pure) is comparable, either in intensity or in the number of people who feel it, to that of music, but because it gives in absolut
I used often to go to America during Prohibition, and there was far more drunkenness there then than before; the prohibition of pornography has much the same effect.
More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit in which the teaching is given
To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.
One must care about a world one will not see.
None of our beliefs are quite true; all have at least a penumbra of vagueness and error.
The essence of the liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held; instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.
The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
Every great idea starts out as a blasphemy.
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
To expect a personality to survive the disintegration of the brain is like expecting a cricket club to survive when all of its members are dead.
I FIND IT SO DIFFICULT NOT TO HATE, WHEN I DO NOT HATE I FEEL WE FEW ARE SO LONELY IN THE WORLD
Suppose atomic bombs had reduced the population of the world to one brother and sister; should they let the human race die out?
A million million years gives us some time to prepare for the end . . . let us make the best of it.
One of the commonest things to do with savings is to lend them to some Government. In view of the fact that the bulk of the public expenditure of most civilized Governments consists in payment for past wars or preparation for future wars, the man who lends his money to a Government is in the same po