Wrongs have to be redressed by reason, not by force.
Education is experience, and the essence of experience is self-reliance.
People commit suicide through weakness, not through strength.
My boy, you shall be everything in the world, animal, vegetable, mineral, protista, or virus, for all I care-before I have done with you-but you will have to trust my superior backsight. The time is not yet ripe for you to be a hawk... so you may as well sit down for the moment and learn to be a human being.
The unicorn was white, with hoofs of silver and graceful horn of pearl... The glorious thing about him was his eye. There was a faint bluish furrow down each side of his nose, and this led to the eye sockets, and surrounded them in a pensive shade. The eyes, circled by this sad and beautiful darkness, were so sorrowful, lonely, gentle and nobly tragic, that they killed all other emotions except love.
I can imagine nothing more terrifying than an Eternity filled with men who were all the same. The only thing which has made life bearable"has been the diversity of creatures on the surface of the globe.
The best thing for being sad ... is to learn something.
It is good to put your life in other people's hands.
The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else do it wrong without comment.
I am an anarchist, like any other sensible person. ~ Merlyn
Life is such unutterable hell, solely because it is sometimes beautiful. If we could only be miserable all the time, if there could be no such things as love or beauty or faith or hope, if I could be absolutely certain that my love would never be returned: how much more simple life would be. One could plod through the Siberian salt mines of existence without being bothered about happiness.
The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails.
Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.
We cannot build the future by avenging the past.
Is there anything more terrible than perpetual motion, than doing and doing and doing, without a reason, without a consciousness, without a change, without an end?
In war, our elders may give the orders...but it is the young who have to fight.
Perhaps we all give the best of our hearts uncritically-to those who hardly think about us in return.
Those who lived by the sword were forced to die by it.
The destiny of man is an individualistic destiny.
The bravest people are the ones who don't mind looking like cowards.
Might does not make right! Right makes right!
War is like a fire. One man may start it, but it will spread all over. It is not about one thing in particular.
There is a thing called knowledge of the world, which people do not have until they are middle-aged. It is something which cannot be taught to younger people, because it is not logical and does not obey laws which are constant. It has no rules. Only, in the long years which bring women to the middle of life, a sense of balance develops"when she is beginning to hate her used body, she suddenly finds that she can do it. She can go on living"
Cavall came simply and gave his heart and soul.
But there was a time when each of us stood naked before the world, confronting life as a serious problem with which we were intimately and passionately concerned... There was a time when Free Love versus Catholic Morality was a question of as much importance to our hot bodies as if a pistol had been clapped to our heads. Further back, there were times when we wondered with all our souls, what the world was, what love was, what we were ourselves.
The fate of this man or that man was less than a drop, although it was a sparkling one, in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea.
It is the bad people who need to have principles to restrain them.
It is only people who are lacking, or bad, or inferior, who have to be good at things. You have always been full and perfect, so you had nothing to make up for.
It seems, in tragedy, that innocence is not enough.
There were thousands of brown books in leather bindings, some chained to the book-shelves and others propped against each other as if they had had too much to drink and did not really trust themselves. These gave out a smell of must and solid brownness which was most secure.
The destiny of man is to unite, not to divide.
When shall I be dead and rid Of all the wrong my father did? How long, how long 'till spade and hearse Put to sleep my mother's curse?
The race will find that capitalists and communists modify themselves so much during the ages that they end by being indistinguishable as democrats...
The Victorians had not been anxious to go away for the weekend. The Edwardians, on the contrary, were nomadic.
A lot of brainless unicorns swaggering about and calling themselves educated just because they can push each other off a horse with a bit of a stick! It makes me tired.
Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.
It was called a tribute before a battle and a ransom afterwards.
Middle-aged people can balance between believing in God and breaking all the commandments without difficulty.
Aviators live by hours, not by days.
Were they, for some purpose almost too cunning for belief, only disguised as themselves?