Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
If a dog jumps into your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.
In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat, but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress toward a victory.
No period of history has ever been great or ever can be that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it.
But you can catch yourself entertaining habitually certain ideas and setting others aside; and that, I think, is where our personal destinies are largely decided.
No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning, or destroyed it altogether.
The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals.
What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like and immorality is what they dislike.
Seek simplicity but distrust it.
Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.
Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
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