People are beginning to see that the first requisite to success in life is to be a good animal.
All socialism involves slavery. That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labours under coercion to satisfy anothers desires.
Reading is seeing by proxy.
When a man’s knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has, the greater will be his confusion.
The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.
A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. This principle is contempt prior to examination.
Marriage: A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman.
The question of questions for the politicians should ever be-What type of social structure am I tending to produce? But this is a question he never entertains.
The more specific idea of Evolution now reached is—a change from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity to a definite, coherent heterogeneity, accompanying the dissipation of motion and integration of matter.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.
No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy.
Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom
Not education, but character, is man’s greatest need and man’s greatest safeguard.
Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold.
Aggression which is flagitious when committed by one, is not sanctioned when committed by a host.
A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it.
Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources.
An argument fatal to the communist theory, is suggested by the fact, that a desire for property is one of the elements of our nature.
Never educate a child to be a gentleman or lady only, but to be a man, a woman.
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.
Topics: Arguments, Ignorance, Questions, Wisdom, Information
How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.
It was remarked to me by the late Mr. Charles Roupell … that to play billiards well was a sign of an ill-spent youth.
A man’s liberties are none the less aggressed upon because those who coerce him do so in the belief that he will be benefited
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