It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth.
There is no arguing with the pretenders to a divine knowledge and to a divine mission. They are possessed with the sin of pride, they have yielded to the perennial temptation.
Social movements are at once the symptoms and the instruments of progress. Ignore them and statesmanship is irrelevant; fail to use them and it is weak.
The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief... that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.
The best servants of the people, like the best valets, must whisper unpleasant truths in the master's ear. It is the court fool, not the foolish courtier, whom the king can least afford to lose.
When distant and unfamiliar and complex things are communicated to great masses of people, the truth suffers a considerable and often a radical distortion. The complex is made over into the simple, the hypothetical into the dogmatic, and the relative into an absolute.
The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
The private citizen, beset by partisan appeals for the loan of his Public Opinion, will soon see, perhaps, that these appeals are not a compliment to his intelligence, but an imposition on his good nature and an insult to his sense of evidence.
The tendency of the casual mind is to pick out or stumble upon a sample which supports or defies its prejudices, and then to make it the representative of a whole class.
Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon.
In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men. It administers justice among men who conduct their own affairs.
When all men think alike, no one thinks very much.
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