The laughter of the aphorism is sometimes triumphant, but seldom carefree.
An aphorism is true where it has fixed the impression of a genuine experience
The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
He that is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
How many of us have been attracted to reason; first learned to think, to draw conclusions, to extract a moral from the follies of life, by some dazzling aphorism.
An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.
Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.
Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
Both liberty and equality are among the primary goals pursued by human beings through many centuries; but total liberty for wolves is death to the lambs, total liberty of the powerful, the gifted, is not compatible with the rights to a decent existence of the weak and the less gifted.
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
A man can do what he wants. But he can’t want what he wants.
The memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime.
The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen, and thinking what nobody has thought.
Evidence that contradicts the ruling belief system is held to extraordinary standards, while evidence that entrenches it is uncritically accepted.
The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
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