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" The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape. "
" Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies. "
" The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art. "
" A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted. "
" Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim. "
" Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality. "
" The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure, yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions that strangers may cast on her character. "
" Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are. "
" Knowledge is not eating, and we cannot expect to devour and possess what we mean. Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace. "
" If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved. "
" 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. "
" By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all. "
" The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age. "
" The wisest mind has something yet to learn. "
" Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. "
" Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit. "
" Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy. "
" The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it. "
" To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography. "
" The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk. "
" It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands. "
" Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another; people are friends in spots. "
" Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament. "
" To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. "
" Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily. "
" Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings, without attaching them to events or objects in the world. "
" Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny. "
" Sanity is madness put to good use. "
" For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep. "
" Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it. "
" One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human. "