Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.
Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.
It was one of those evenings when men feel that truth, goodness and beauty are one. In the morning, when they commit their discovery to paper, when others read it written there, it looks wholly ridiculous.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
Dream in a pragmatic way.
A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.
There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.
God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness.
Experience teaches only the teachable.
Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.
There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.
Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people's happiness.
My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
There isn't any formula or method. You learn to love by loving - by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.
One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.
Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history.
To his dog, every man is Napoleon hence the constant popularity of dogs.
Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy their second worst enemy is total efficiency.
The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own.
All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.