Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments of their tyranny enslave them.
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it ca.
The working of great institutions is mainly the result of a vast mass of routine, petty malice, self interest, carelessness, and sheer mistake. Only a residual fraction is thought.
The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.
There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect.
Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it.
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.
Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.
An ideal cannot wait for its realization to prove its validity.
It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to.
Memory itself is an internal rumour.
Culture is on the horns of this dilemma: if profound and noble it must remain rare, if common it must become mean