After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.
Folly is often more cruel in the consequences than malice can be in the intent.
Experience teaches only the teachable.
Death … It’s the only thing we haven’t succeeded in completely vulgarizing.
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
When truth is nothing but the truth, its unnatural, it's an abstraction that resembles nothing in the real world. In nature there are always so many other irrelevant things mixed up with the essential truth.
The silent bear no witness against themselves.
At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas.
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.
Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.
To us, the moment 8:17 A.M. means something - something very important, if it happens to be the starting time of our daily train. To our ancestors, such an odd eccentric instant was without significance - did not even exist. In inventing the locomotive, Watt and Stevenson were part inventors of time.
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.
That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiosity and tolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you
Things somehow seem more real and vivid when one can apply somebody else's ready-made phrase about them.
Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced.
Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that is your own self. So you have to begin there, not outside, not on other people. That comes afterwards, when you have worked on your own corner.