Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.
A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
The disease which inflicts bureaucracy and what they usually die from is routine.
God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers, And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face, A gauntlet with a gift in it.
Light tomorrow with today!
The moral man is necessarily narrow in that he knows no other enemy than the ‘immoral’ man. ‘He who is not moral is immoral!’ and accordingly reprobate, despicable, etc. Therefore, the moral man can never comprehend the egoist.
Man has not really vanquished Shamanism and its spooks till he possesses the strength to lay aside not only the belief in ghosts or in spirits, but also the belief in the spirit.
In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.