Matter is a term contrary to soul. But nonsoul is its contradictory. Whatever is not soul is nonsoul.
Category Archive: 1864
Christians well know that the much-decorated statue of the Church, as it now stands, is not of pure chiseled marble, but of clay, cemented together by blood and tears and hardened in the fires of hatred and persecution.
The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.
The central ideas of Christianity, an angry God and vicarious atonement, are contrary to every fact in nature, as also to the better aspirations of the human heart; they are, in our present stage of enlightenment, absurd, preposterous, and blasphemous propositions.
There is no true love save in suffering, and in this world we have to choose either love, which is suffering, or happiness. Man is the more man – that is, the more divine – the greater his capacity for suffering, or rather, for anguish.
I am not old but mellow like good wine.
Man dies of cold, not of darkness.
Suffering is the substance of life and the root of personality, for it is only suffering that makes us persons.
What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it.
A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man.