Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.
By philosophy the mind of man comes to itself, and from henceforth rests on itself without foreign aid, and is completely master of itself, as the dancer of his feet, or the boxer of his hands.
Man should be ever better than he seems.
Natural science will in time incorporate into itself the science of man, just as the science of man will incorporate into itself natural science: there will be one science.
Each man must have his I; it is more necessary to him than bread; and if he does not find scope for it within the existing institutions he will be likely to make trouble.
A man has generally the good or ill qualities, which he attributes to mankind.
Our religion is itself profoundly sad – a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man’s own language – so long as he knows anguish and is a painter.
Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.
A child who does not think about what happens around him and is content with living without wondering whether he lives honestly is like a man who lives from a scoundrel’s work and is on the road to being a scoundrel.
A ‘new thinker’, when studied closely, is merely a man who does not know what other people have thought.