A charlatan makes obscure what is clear; a thinker makes clear what is obscure.
A concern with the perfectibility of mankind is always a symptom of thwarted or perverted development.
Bacon's not the only thing that's cured by hanging from a string.
Charity may cover a multitude of sins, but success transmutes them into virtues.
Every false philosophy is an imagination of a world propitious to irrational demands and unregulated desires.
Friends are God's apology for relations.
Ideas get substance and value not by being discussed but by being lived.
It is difficult to love mankind unless one has a reasonable private income, and when one has a reasonable private income one has better things to do than loving mankind.
Most of the avoidable suffering in life springs from our attempts to escape the unavoidable suffering inherent in the fragmentary nature of our present existence.
Society is based on the assumption that everyone is alike and that no one is alive.
The public mind is a cloudy region where only the simplest shapes are discerned with any accuracy.
The reward of renunciation is some good greater than the thing renounced.
There are dons who care for the intellect and the imagination, and there are priests who care for the spirit; but broadly speaking the function of universities and churches alike is to trim and tame enthusiasm, to suppress curiosity, and, in short, to whittle immortal souls into serviceable props of the established order.
We expect immortal satisfactions from mortal conditions, and lasting and perfect happiness in the midst of universal change.
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