The vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have always been derided as fools and madmen.
A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
So long as men worship dictators, Caesars and Napoleons will arise to make them miserable.
Good is a product of the ethical and spiritual artistry of individuals; it cannot be mass-produced.
Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.
Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unshown marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves.
Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of great sculpture.
Every civilization is, among other things, an arrangement for domesticating the passions and setting them to do useful work.
The horror no less than the charm of real life consists precisely in the recurrent actualization of the inconceivable
The history of any nation follows an undulatory course. In the trough of the wave we find more or less complete anarchy; but the crest is not more or less complete Utopia, but only, at best, a tolerably humane, partially free and fairly just society that invariably carries within itself the seeds of its own decadence.
Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
A competent portraitist knows how to imply the profile in the full face.
Finding bad reasons for what one believes for other bad reasons - that's philosophy
A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.
My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.