A civilized society is one that exhibits the five qualities of truth, beauty, adventure, art and peace.
A man really writes for an audience of about ten persons. Of course if others like it, that is clear gain. But if those ten are satisfied, he is content.
A race preserves its vigour so long as it harbours a real contrast between what has been and what may be, and so long as it is nerved by the vigour to adventure beyond the safeties of the past. Without adventure, civilization is in full decay.
A science which hesitates to forget its founders is lost.
Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced.
An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words.
Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
But you can catch yourself entertaining habitually certain ideas and setting others aside; and that, I think, is where our personal destinies are largely decided.
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.
Education with inert ideas is not only useless; it is above all things harmful.
Every organism requires an environment of friends, partly to shield it from violent changes, and partly to supply it with its wants.
Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.
Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination.
From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.
God is in the world, or nowhere, creating continually in us and around us. Insofar as man partakes of this creative process does he partake of the divine, of God, and that participation is his immortality ….
How the past perishes is how the future becomes.
Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.
Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.
If a dog jumps into your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.
Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
It is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or philosophical author writes with a misty profundity, he is talking nonsense.
It is the business of the future to be dangerous.
It must be admitted that there is a degree of instability which is inconsistent with civilization. But, on the whole, the great ages have been unstable ones.
Knowledge does not keep any better than fish.
Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows: for details are swallowed up in principles.
Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the universe.
Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.
Mathematics is thought moving in the sphere of complete abstraction from any particular instance of what it is talking about.
Not a sentence or a word is independent of the circumstances under which it is uttered.
Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge.
Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophical thought has done its best, the wonder remains.
Religion is what a man does with his solitariness.
Religion is what an individual does with his solitariness.
Routine is the god of every social system; it is the seventh heaven of business, the essential component in the success of every factory, the ideal of every statesman.
Some of the finest moral intuitions come to quite humble people. The visiting of lofty ideas doesn’t depend on formal schooling. Think of those Galilean peasants.
Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.
The antithesis between a technical and a liberal education is fallacious. There can be no adequate technical education which is not liberal, and no liberal education which is not technical.
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.
The essence of Christianity is the appeal to the life of Christ as a revelation of the nature of God and of his agency in the world.
The factor in human life provocative of a noble discontent is the gradual emergence of a sense of criticism, founded upon appreciation of beauty, and of intellectual distinction, and of duty.
The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, seek simplicity and distrust it.
The major advances in civilization are processes which all but wreck the societies in which they occur.
The only justification in the use of force is to reduce the amount of force necessary to be used.
The only use of a knowledge of the past is to equip us for the present.
The power of Christianity lies in its revelation in act, of that which Plato divined in theory.
The present contains all that there is. It is holy ground; for it is the past, and it is the future.
The record is fragmentary, inconsistent and uncertain… But there can be no doubt as to the elements in the record that have evoked the best in human nature.
The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development.
The task of a university is the creation of the future, so far as rational thought and civilized modes of appreciation can affect the issue.
The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.
The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervor, live for it, and if need be, die for it.
The worship of God is not a rule of safety – it is an adventure of the spirit, a flight after the unattainable. The death of religion comes with the repression of the high hope of adventure.
There are no whole truths: all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
There are no whole truths: all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays to the devil.
There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
Vigorous societies harbour a certain extravagance of objectives.
We cannot think first and act afterward. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought
We think in generalities, but we live in detail.
What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike.
When you are average, you are just as close to the bottom as you are the top.
Without adventure civilization is in full decay
Anger and hatred lead to fear; compassion and concern for others allow us to develop self-confidence, which breeds trust and friendship.Dalai Lama