Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force.
The rules of evidence in the main are based on experience, logic, and common sense, less hampered by history than some parts of the substantive law.
Young man, the secret of my success is that at early age I discovered that I was not God.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.
Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.
Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.
As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.
Life is action and passion; therefore, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.
Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.
On the whole, I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirms the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.
It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure.
To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.
To be seventy years young is sometimes for more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.
Men do not quit playing because they grow old they grow old because they quit playing.
I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.
The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.
To be civilized is to be potentially master of all possible ideas, and that means that one has got beyond being shocked, although one preserves one's own moral aesthetic preferences.
Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing.
Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.
I think that we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country.
Knowledge like timber shouldn't be mush use till they are seasoned.
A person is always startled when he hears himself called old for the first time.
A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.
Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks.
The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.
I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy - I don't disparage envy, but I don't accept it as legitimately my master.
Memory is a net: one that finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook, but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking.
Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.
If I were dying, my last words would be: Have faith and pursue the unknown end.
People talk fundamentals and superlatives and then make some changes of detail.