There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.
I do not pretend to start with precise questions. I do not think you can start with anything precise. You have to achieve such precision as you can, as you go along.
The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.
I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe – because, like Spinoza’s God, it won’t love us in return.
Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.
Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions, just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias.
The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.
Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.
The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history.