With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.
Whatever the immediate gains and losses, the dangers to our safety arising from political suppression are always greater than the dangers to the safety resulting from political freedom. Suppression is always foolish. Freedom is always wise.
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
Do you know anything that in all its innocence is more humiliating than the funny pages of a Sunday newspaper in America?
The degree of one’s emotions varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts.
You only live a short time… and you are dead a long time.
Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less.
Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities.
It is the goal of the American university to be the brains of the republic.