The idea of freedom is inspiring. But what does it mean? If you are free in a political sense but have no food, what's that? The freedom to starve?
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.
A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives - of approving of some and disapproving of others
I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.
The spirit of man is an inward flame; a lamp the world blows upon but never puts out.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.
In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.
Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.
Boards don't hit back.
Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.
Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.
The poor are prevented from thinking by the discipline of others, the rich by their own.
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
All that spirits desire, spirits attain.
A jug fills drop by drop.
I don't try to imagine a personal god; it suffices to stand in awe at the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.
Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.
Society is now one polished horde, Formed of two mighty tribes, The Bores and the Bored.