There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy of Charles the Second. But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen.
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.
He was a rake among scholars, and a scholar among rakes.
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?
To sum up the whole, we should say that the aim of the Platonic philosophy was to exalt man into a god.
I shall not be satisfied unless I produce something which shall for a few days supersede the last fashionable novel on the tables of young ladies.
Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.
Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.
According to the Jain view, soul is that element which knows, thinks and feels. It is in fact the divine element in the living being. The Jain thinks that the phenomena of knowledge, feeling, thinking and willing are conditioned on something, and that that something must be as real as anything can be.
The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.