The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.
England is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, anomalies, hobbies and humors.
The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others.
The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.
The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.
The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age.
To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
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.
Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own finitude, and his finitude is, in one sense, overcome.
The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.
It is characteristic of spontaneous friendship to take on, without enquiry and almost at first sight, the unseen doings and unspoken sentiments of our friends; the part known gives us evidence enough that the unknown part cannot be much amiss.
Every actual animal is somewhat dull and somewhat mad. He will at times miss his signals and stare vacantly when he might well act, while at other times he will run off into convulsions and raise a dust in his own brain to no purpose. These imperfections are so human that we should hardly recognise ourselves if we could shake them off altogether. Not to retain any dulness would mean to possess untiring attention and universal interests, thus realising the boast about deeming nothing human alien to us; while to be absolutely without folly would involve perfect self-knowledge and self-control. The intelligent man known to history flourishes within a dullard and holds a lunatic in leash. He is encased in a protective shell of ignorance and insensibility which keeps him from being exhausted and confused by this too complicated world; but that integument blinds him at the same time to many of his nearest and highest interests. He is amused by the antics of the brute dreaming within his breast; he gloats on his passionate reveries, an amusement which sometimes costs him very dear. Thus the best human intelligence is still decidely barbarous; it fights in heavy armour and keeps a fool at court.
I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty.
Topics: Liberty, Simplicity
Nothing so much enhances a good as to make sacrifices for it.
Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them.
Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.
Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.
Topics: Women, Friendship, Men and Women, Men & Women, Men
Self-assurance is contemptible and fatal unless it is self-knowledge.
Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth.
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