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, 1872 -
The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.
A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.
No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful?
I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.
The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform.
Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.
Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.
A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short.
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 than hostile.
To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it.
Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so.
I do not pretend to start with precise questions. I do not think you can start with anything precise. You have to achieve such precision as you can, as you go along.
We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts.
Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.
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