Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.
All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.
To attempt to be religious without practicing a specific religion is as possible as attempting to speak without a specific language.
Even under the most favorable circumstances no mortal can be asked to seize the truth in its wholeness or at its center.
Love, whether sexual, parental, or fraternal, is essentially sacrificial, and prompts a man to give his life for his friends.
There is no tyranny so hateful as a vulgar and anonymous tyranny. It is all-permeating, all-thwarting; it blasts every budding novelty and sprig of genius with its omnipresent and fierce stupidity. Such a headless people has the mind of a worm and the claws of a dragon.
The mediocrity of everything in the great world of today is simply appalling. We live in intellectual slums.
To be happy you must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passion, and learned your place in the world.
Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
We should have to abandon our vested illusions, our irrational religions and patriotisms.
If you prefer illusions to realities, it is only because all decent realities have eluded you and left you in the lurch; or else your contempt for the world is mere hypocrisy and funk.
Skepticism is a discipline fit to purify the mind of prejudice and render it all the more apt, when the time comes, to believe and to act wisely.
Wisdom lies in taking everything with good humor and a grain of salt.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
It is war that wastes a nations wealth, chokes its industries, kills its flower, narrows its sympathies, condemns it to be governed by adventurers, and leaves the puny, deformed, and unmanly to breed the next generation.
Perhaps the universe is nothing but an equilibrium of idiocies.
I like to walk about amidst the beautiful things that adorn the world.
Beauty is a pledge of the possible conformity between the soul and nature, and consequently a ground of faith in the supremacy of the good.
The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
There must ... be in our very nature a very radical and widespread tendency to observe beauty, and to value it. No account of the principles of the mind can be at all adequate that passes over so conspicuous a faculty.
People are usually more firmly convinced that their opinions are precious than that they are true.
Life is judged with all the blindness of life itself.
The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.
A conceived thing is doubly a product of mind, more a product of mind, if you will, than an idea, since ideas arise, so to speak,by the mind's inertia and conceptions of things by its activity. Ideas are mental sediment; conceived things are mental growths.
Music is essentially useless, as life is; but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
People who feel themselves to be exiles in this world are mightily inclined to believe themselves citizens of another.
The quality of wit inspires more admiration than confidence
The soul, too has her virginity and must bleed a little before bearing fruit.
Logic, like language, is partly a free construction and partly a means of symbolizing and harnessing in expression the existing diversities of things; and whilst some languages, given a man's constitution and habits, may seem more beautiful and convenient to him than others, it is a foolish heat in a patriot to insist that only his native language is intelligible or right.
The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art.
Our knowledge is a torch of smoky pineThat lights the pathway but one step aheadAcross a void of mystery and dread.
An operation that eventually kills may be technically successful, and the man may die cured; and so a description of religion thatshowed it to be madness might first show how real and warm it was, so that if it perished, at least it would perish understood.
Unmitigated seriousness is always out of place in human affairs.
In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality....The most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and animal and one of the most ephemeral.
Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
Ideal society is a drama enacted exclusively in the imagination.
Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.
The sophisticated concern about art sinks before a spontaneous love of reality, and I thank the photograph for being so transparent a vehicle for things...