Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
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 dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.
Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.
The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for those who don't understand it.
The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.
Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.
It is possible to be a master in false philosophy, easier, in fact, than to be a master in the truth, because a false philosophy can be made as simple and consistent as one pleases.
All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible.
Love is only half the illusion; the lover, but not his love, is deceived.
That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
Half our standards come from our first masters and the other half from our first loves.
I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty.
Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them.
Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.
It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.
One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.
Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude, and his infinitude is, in one sense, overcome.
Intolerance itself is a form of egoism and to condemn egoism intolerantly is to share it.
Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.
Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
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.
Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.
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.
I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.
The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.
Bid, then, the tender light of faith to shine By which alone the mortal heart is led Unto the thinking of the thought divine.
Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.