The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living.
Affectations can be dangerous.
I am one of you and being one of you
Is being and knowing what I am and know.
Yet I am the necessary angel of earth,
Since, in my sight, you see the earth again,
Cleared of its stiff and stubborn, man-locked set
And, in my hearing, you hear its tragic drone
Rise liquidly in liquid lingerings,
Like watery words awash; like meanings said
By repetitions of half-meanings. Am I not,
Myself, only half a figure of a sort,
A figure half seen, or seen for a moment, a man
Of the mind, an apparition appareled in
Apparels of such lightest look that a turn
Of my shoulders and quickly, too quickly, I am gone?
Propaganda is that branch of lying which often deceives your friends without ever deceiving your enemies.
The poets were not alone in sanctioning myths, for long before the poets the states and the lawmakers had sanctioned them as a useful expedient. They needed to control the people by superstitious fears, and these cannot be aroused without myths and marvels.
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite.
Charles Sanders Peirce
We only think when we are confronted with a problem.
More men have become great through practice than by nature.
Nothing can be created from nothing.
Wealth and poverty: the one is the parent of luxury and indolence, and the other of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent
A very dangerous state of mind: thinking one understands.
A state without some means of change is without the means of its conservation.
The real cause, the effective one, that makes men lose power is that they have become unworthy to exercise it.
Alexis De Tocqueville
The hero is no braver than the ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Either move or be moved.
Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity
Man is not like other animals in the ways that are really significant: Animals have instincts, we have taxes.