It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values.
Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.
Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself.
There are no rewards or punishments - only consequences.
It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.
Originality is undetected plagiarism.
We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.
Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.
No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.
True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.
I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.
To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.
The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.
Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.
Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average person.
Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.
In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and a common hatred of its neighbors.
The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.
Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.
What is originality ? undetected plagiarism!
Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.
Events in the past maybe roughly divided into those which and probably never happened and those which do not matter.