Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man.
The luxury to disparage freedom is the privilege of those who already possess it.
Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears, is painful, but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of comforting fairy tales.
Altogether it will be found that a quiet life is characteristic of great men, and that their pleasures have not been of he sort that would look exciting to the utward eye. No great achievement is ossible without persistent work, so absorbing and so difficult that little energy is left over for the more strenuous kinds of amusement.
Men who allow their love of power to give them a distorted view of the world are to be found in every asylum. Highly similar delusions, if expressed by educated men in obscure language, lead to professorships of philosophy; and if expressed by emotional men in eloquent language, lead to dictatorships.
Nature and books and (later) mathematics saved me from complete despondency.