It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power.
It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.
To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it.
The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
It's easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence
I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others.
What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer.
We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs.
We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.
Too little liberty brings stagnation and too much brings chaos.
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.
Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, the chief glory of man.
This is patently absurd but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.
This is one of those views which are so absolutely absurd that only very learned men could possibly adopt them.
There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
There are two motives for reading a book one, that you enjoy it the other, that you can boast about it.
The wise man thinks about his troubles only when there is some purpose in doing so; at other times he thinks about others things.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
The thing that I should wish to obtain from money would be leisure with security.
The secret of happiness is this: Let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather that hostile.
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.
The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.
The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
The mind is a strange machine which can combine the materials offered to it in the most astonishing ways.
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 frendship or affection.