It appears first, that liberty is a natural, and government an adventitious right, because all men were originally free.
There isn’t much in the way of pure communist spirit, because the whole nation seems to be engaged in capitalistic enterprises. Much of the country still operates under government control.
In short, we need to recover the courage we celebrate in our heroes, and in particular, the courage to tolerate, for the sake of a free society, a level of risk we hardly ever imagined in the past.
Infelicity is an ill to which all acts are heir which have the general character of ritual or ceremonial, all conventional acts.
In 50 years – or 20 years, or 200 years – our current epistemic horizon (the Big Bang, roughly) may look as parochial as the horizon Newton had to settle for in his day, but no doubt there will still be good questions whose answers elude us.
Usually it is uses of words, not words in themselves, that are properly called vague.
We should get used to the idea that we’ll probably never be able to find – and confirm – a good explanation of the ultimate origin of the universe, though I see no reason to believe that we can’t press much further on this question than we have managed to date.
I may attempt a novel. I think that no matter what you write, it requires being honest with oneself, and you have to pull yourself out of the whirlwind of daily life.
Darwin’s idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition.
If the history of resistance to Darwinian thinking is a good measure, we can expect that long into the future, long after every triumph of human thought has been matched or surpassed by ‘mere machines,’ there will still be thinkers who insist that the human mind works in mysterious ways that no science can comprehend.