A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.
The person 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.
All desirable things… are desirable either for the pleasure inherent in themselves, or as a means to the promotion of pleasure and the prevention of pain.
Citizens, not less generous than myself, let your most precious moments be employed in causing the past to be forgotten; let all my fellow-citizens swear never to recall the past; let them receive their misled brethren with open arms, and let them, in future, be on their guard against the traps of bad men.
What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
The American Communists had thrived as champions of domestic reform.
The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day’s toil of any human being.
Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.