Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.
The quality of moral behaviour varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.
But that doesn't seem enough. It's not enough for the phrases to be good; what you make with them ought to be good too.
Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning, truth and beauty can't.
Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
That all men are equal is a proposition which at ordinary times no sane individual has ever given his assent.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
New ideas are reasonable if they can be fitted into an already familiar scheme, unreasonable if they cannot be made to fit. Our intellectual prejudices determine the channels along which our reason shall flow.
Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.
As a lover or a dipsomaniac, I've no doubt of your being a most fascinating specimen. But as a combiner of forms, you must honestly admit it, you're a bore.
On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.
What a hideous colour khaki is.
The mind is its own place; she carried her hell about with her.
Each one of us, of course," the Controller meditatively continued, "goes through life inside a bottle. But if we happen to be Alphas, our bottles are, relatively speaking enormous.
Near Shepherd's Bush two thousand Beta-Minus mixed doubles were playing Riemann-surface tennis.
To pore over the literary shortcomings of twenty years ago, to attempt to patch a faulty work into the perfection it missed on its first execution, to spend one's middle age in trying to mend the artistic sins committed and bequeathed by that different person who was oneself in youth – all this is surely vain and futile.
Alone among the animals, we suffer from the future perfect tense. Rover the Dog cannot imagine a future world of dogs in which all fleas will have been eliminated and doghood will finally have achieved its full glorious potential.
Almost all of us long for peace and freedom; but very few of us have much enthusiasm for the thoughts, feelings, and actions that make for peace and freedom.
Feeling are communicated by means of ideas, which are their intellectual equivalent; at the sound of the words conveying the ideas the appropriate emotion is evoked.
You can't make tragedies without social instability.
People believe in God because they've been conditioned to believe in God.