Music is essentially useless, as life is.
The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.
The profoundest affinities are the most readily felt; they remain a background and standard for all happiness and if we trace them out we succeed.
Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own finitude, and his finitude is, in one sense, overcome.
There is nothing sweeter than to be sympathized with.
It is wisdom to believe the heart.
Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.
Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.
Self-assurance is contemptible and fatal unless it is self-knowledge.
Men become superstitious, not because they have too much imagination, but because they are not aware that they have any.
Our dignity is not in what we do but what we understand. The whole world is doing things.
The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others.
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.
That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.
The universe, as far as we can observe it, is a wonderful and immense engine…. If we dramatize its life and conceive its spirit, we are filled with wonder, terror and amusement, so magnificent is the spirit.
Topics: Space, World
To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.
The loneliest woman in the world is a woman without a close woman friend.
Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body.
It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.
There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar: It keeps the mind nimble, it kills prejudice, and it fosters humor.
Intolerance itself is a form of egoism, and to condemn egoism intolerantly is to share it.
The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age.
My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image to be servants of their human interests.
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