A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.
In war, the army is not merely a pure consumer, but a negative producer.
New York is the perfect model of a city, not the model of a perfect city.
Nothing is unthinkable, nothing impossible to the balanced person, provided it comes out of the needs of life and is dedicated to life’s further development.
Without fullness of experience, length of days is nothing. When fullness of life has been achieved, shortness of days is nothing. That is perhaps why the young have usually so little fear of death; they live by intensities that the elderly have forgotten.
A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.
Life is the only art that we are required to practice without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures and botches, that are essential for training.
War is the supreme drama of a completely mechanized society.
Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.
One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intelligence.