The little word is has its tragedies; it marries and identifies different things with the greatest innocence; and yet no two are ever identical, and if therein lies the charm of wedding them and calling them one, therein too lies the danger. Whenever I use the word is, except in sheer tautology, I deeply misuse it; and when I discover my error, the world seems to fall asunder and the members of my family no longer know one another.
The empiricist … thinks he believes only what he sees, but he is much better at believing than at seeing.
Trying to solve a problem with the same thinking that created it
Nothing is impossible … until you try it.
When we blame the mess that the economical world has got us into, do we lay the blame on wicked financeers… profiteers… or do we sometimes ask ourselves how far we have contributed? … Nothing has so discredited the Christian Church as Her squalid submission to the economic theory of society.
Anyone taken as an individual is tolerably sensible and reasonable — as a member of a crowd, he at once becomes a blockhead.
Salute the tin god, then go about your business.
(Professor Schless was advising me to pursue a career in this society and not be distracted by absurdities and hypocracies.
Of course I’m me: I didn’t do it.)
All original ideas are at first ridiculed, then refuted, then taken for granted.
Marrying means to halve one’s rights and double one’s duties.
Man can indeed do what he wants, but he cannot will what he wants.
Numquam se minus otiosum esse, quam cum otiosus,
nec minus solum, quam cum solus esset.
He was never less idle than when he was idle,
and never less alone than when he was alone.
There was never yet philosopher
That could endure the toothache patiently.
May the dark ignorance of sentient beings be dispelled.
In my youth I worshipped Mars, the God of War. I turned from him to serve the Christian god; but today the Christian god forsook me; and Mars overcame me and took back his own. The Christian god is not yet. He will come when Mars and I are dust; but meanwhile I must serve the gods that are not the God that will be.
Lavinia: I’II strive for the coming of the God who is not yet.
Any fool can hang the wisest man in the country. Nothing he likes better.
I left the town this morning before sunrise, because it’s a rotten town, and I couldn’t bear to see it in the light.
Divided by a common language
Who am I to be objective?
War is cruelty and you cannot refine it.
Evolution: Sexual Selection: Males … tended to be what females wanted them to be.
Good judgment is based on experience, and experience is often based on poor judgment.
A human usually sets the premises in place before activating the logic process.
Superstition, the shadow side of logic
There’s no government like no government.
Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make wonderfully submissive slaves.
Even if we are all doomed to live under the state, it doesn’t follow that there is, or even can be, such a thing as a good state. … Thus does a “necessary evil” become an idol. Maybe we’re stuck with it. But do we have to worship it?
There can be no such thing as “limited government,” because there is no way to control an entity that in principle enjoys a monopoly of power …
The state: Maybe we’re stuck with it. But do we have to worship it?
A jury’s role in a free society is to try both the facts of an individual case and also the law itself.
… through all historic times, wherever any people have advanced beyond the savage state, and have learned to increase their means of subsistence by the cultivation of soil, a greater or less number of them have associated and organized themselves as robbers, to plunder and enslave all others, […] who had either accumulated any property that could be seized, or had shown, by their labor, that they could be made to contribute to the support or pleasure of those who should enslave them.
One of the great beauties of politics as an art form was its lack of restriction to merely standard forms of realism.
“What gives you any right to change the way people think?”
“Because we are artists.””What gives you any right to change the way the world works?”
“Because we are scientists.”
Realism is a matter of opinion.
The State calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.
Before what is sacred, people lose all sense of power and all confidence; they occupy a powerless and humble attitude toward it. And yet no thing is sacred of itself, but by my declaring it sacred, by my declaration, my judgment, my bending the knee; in short, by my conscience.
The Truth wears longer than all the gods; for it is only in the truth’s service, and for love of it, that people have overthrown the gods and at last God himself. “The truth” outlasts the downfall of the world of gods, for it is the immortal soul of this transitory world of gods; it is Deity itself.
Why, just this spring while writing a check I said to myself, this money is going to fund religious zealots bent on subverting everything I hold dear. But I mailed in my income tax anyway.
People will listen when you lie to them, and ignore you when you tell the truth.
Heads I win, tails don’t count.
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