The best thing about the sciences is their philosophical ingredient, like life for an organic body. If one dephilosophizes the sciences, what remains left? Earth, air, and water.
Honor is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.
Charles Caleb Colton
The fear of death comes from limited awareness.
Levity is often less foolish and gravity less wise than each of them appears.
Where we cannot invent, we may at least improve.
Itâ€™s very hard to design something that you almost do not see because it just seems so obvious, natural and inevitable.
Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight forward and simple integrity in another.
Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.
To despise our own species is the price we must often pay for knowledge of it.
Nothing is too much trouble when one loves, and there is always time.
We own almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed.
Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
Life isn't like a book. Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess.
I told my wife the truth. I told her I was seeing a psychiatrist. Then she told me the truth: that she was seeing a psychiatrist, two plumbers, and a bartender.
The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves.
It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true.
Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.
You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.
It is the briefest yet wisest maxim which tells us to meddle not.
Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes.
If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.
Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominates it is passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual.
Never join with your friend when he abuses his horse or his wife, unless the one is to be sold and the other to be buried.
Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.
Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
Our income are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and trip.
Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.
Mystery is not profoundness.
Mystery magnifies danger, as a fog the sun, the hand that warned Belshazzar derived its horrifying effect from the want of a body.
Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely and conciliate those you cannot conquer.
Opinions, like showers, are generated in high places, but they invariably descend into lower ones, and ultimately flow down to the people as rain unto the sea.
Subtract from the great man all that he owes to opportunity, all that he owes to chance, and all that he gained by the wisdom of his friends and the folly of his enemies, and the giant will often be seen to be a pygmy.
Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them.
To look back to antiquity is one thing, to go back to it is another.
Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength
Philosophy is a bully that talks loud when the danger is at a distant; but, the moment she is pressed hard by an enemy, she is nowhere to be found and leaves the brunt of the battle to be fought by her steady, humble comrade, religion.
Pity is a thing often vowed, seldom felt; hatred is a thing often felt, seldom avowed.
In all societies, it is advisable to associate if possible with the highest; not that the highest are always the best, but because, if disgusted there, we can descend at any time; but if we begin with the lowest, to ascend is impossible.
To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it. The pains of power are real; its pleasures imaginary.
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