We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.— H. G. Wells
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If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble.
Our true nationality is mankind.
Advertising is legalized lying.
The New Deal is plainly an attempt to achieve a working socialism and avert a social collapse in America; it is extraordinarily parallel to the successive 'policies' and 'Plans' of the Russian experiment. Americans shirk the word 'socialism', but what else can one call it?
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
There is no upper limit to what individuals are capable of doing with their minds. There is no age limit that bars them from beginning. There is no obstacle that cannot be overcome if they persist and believe.
Sometimes, you have to step outside of the person you've been and remember the person you were meant to be. The person you want to be. The person you are.
If there is no God, nothing matters. If there is a God, nothing else matters.
I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.
I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.
I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.
Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
The true strength of rulers and empires lies not in armies or emotions, but in the belief of men that they are inflexibly open and truthful and legal. As soon as a government departs from that standard it ceases to be anything more than 'the gang in possession,' and its days are numbered.
If we don't end war, war will end us.
Losing your way on a journey is unfortunate.
But, losing your reason for the journey is a fate more cruel.
The only true measure of success is the ratio between what we might have done and what we might have been on the one hand, and the thing we have made and the things we have made of ourselves on the other.
The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought.
What really matters is what you do with what you have.
Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless.
There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.
The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.
It is the system of nationalist individualism that has to go.
...We are living in the end of the sovereign states....In the great struggle to evoke a Westernized World Socialism, contemporary governments may vanish....Countless people...will hate the new world order....and will die protesting against it.
A downtrodden class... will never be able to make an effective protest until it achieves solidarity.
For all my desire to be interesting, I have to confess that for most things and people I don't give a damn.
He who does not contemplate the future is destined to be overwhelmed by it.
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
Leaders should lead as far as they can and then vanish.
Their ashes should not choke the fire they have lit.
Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write!
A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own.
The true objection to slavery is not that it is unjust to the inferior but that it corrupts the superior.
Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future.
It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow.
Wait for the common sense of the morning.
Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
The German people are an orderly, vain, deeply sentimental and rather insensitive people. They seem to feel at their best when they are singing in chorus, saluting or obeying orders.
The uglier a man's legs are, the better he plays golf - it's almost a law.
Biologists can be just as sensitive to heresy as theologians.
The study of Nature makes a man at last as remorseless as Nature.
There is no more evil thing in this world than race prejudice, none at all.
[...] It justifies and holds together more baseness, cruelty, and abomination than any other sort of error in the world.
once you lose yourself, you have two choices: find the person you used to be, or lose that person completely.
In all the round world of Utopia there is no meat.
There used to be, but now we cannot stand the thought of slaughterhouses. And it is impossible to find anyone who will hew a dead ox or pig. I can still remember as a boy the rejoicings over the closing of the last slaughterhouse.
Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.
Anthropology has been compared to a great region, marked out indeed as within the sphere of influence of science, but unsettled and for the most part unsubdued. Like all such hinterland sciences, it is a happy hunting-ground for adventurers.
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
The science hangs like a gathering fog in a valley, a fog which begins nowhere and goes nowhere, an incidental, unmeaning inconvenience to passers-by.
If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it.
This is the end and the beginning of an age.
This is something far greater than the French Revolution or the Reformation and we live in it.
We were not making war against Germany, we were being ordered about in the King's war with Germany.