Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows.
Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.
War: a massacre of people who don't know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don't massacre each other.
Man's great misfortune is that he has no organ, no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought, or all thought, when he wants to.
A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.
The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.
Every beginning is a consequence — every beginning ends some thing.
The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect.
That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
A man who is of sound mind is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
A man's true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others.
Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.
What others think of us would be of little moment did it not when known so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.
To write regular verses destroys an infinite number of fine possibilities, but at the same time it suggests a multitude of distant and totally unexpected thoughts.
Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.
In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.
An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.
The future, like everything else, is not what it used to be.
The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.
A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas; he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas.
Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
Long years must pass before the truths we have made for ourselves become our very flesh.
Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.
Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.