Natural objects, for example, must be experienced before any theorizing about them can occur.
Spirit borrows from matter the perceptions on which it feeds and restores them to matter in the form of movements which it has stamped with its own freedom.
If all consciousness is subject to essential laws in a manner similar to that in which spatial reality is subject to mathematical laws, then these essential laws will be of most fertile significance in investigating facts of the conscious life of human and brute animals.
For life is tendency, and the essence of a tendency is to develop in the form of a sheaf, creating, by its very growth, divergent directions among which its impetus is divided.
Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.
Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools.
The laws of God, the laws of man he may keep that will and can; not I: let God and man decree laws for themselves and not for me.
The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.
Experience by itself is not science.
What is thematically posited is only what is given, by pure reflection, with all its immanent essential moments absolutely as it is given to pure reflection.