There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
Everyone knows that by far the happiest and universally enjoyable age of man is the first. What is there about babies which makes us hug and kiss and fondle them, so that even an enemy would give them help at that age?
The repudiation of the primacy of understanding means the repudiation of the norms of judgment as well, and hence the abandonment of all ethical standards.
Man’s mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men’s judgments of one another.
Prevention is better than cure.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.
In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king.