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Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.

The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors.
In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.
If there were only one religion in England there would be danger of despotism, if there were two, they would cut each other's throats, but there are thirty, and they live in peace and happiness.
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
When he to whom a person speaks does not understand, and he who speaks does not understand himself, that is metaphysics.
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.
In this country it's a good thing to kill an admiral now and then to encourage the others.
Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.
Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; she requires the hand of time.
He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.
Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.
The punishment of criminals should serve a purpose. When a man is hanged he is useless.
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.
Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy.
The public is a ferocious beast. One must either chain it up or flee from it.
Weakness on both sides is, the motto of all quarrels.
A long dispute means that both parties are wrong
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives; very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Liberty, then, about which so many volumes have been written is, when accurately defined, only the power of acting.
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.
Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.
By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.
Animals have these advantages over man: They have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.
I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.
I believe that there never was a creator of a philosophical system who did not confess at the end of his life that he had wasted his time. It must be admitted that the inventors of the mechanical arts have been much more useful to men that the inventors of syllogisms. He who imagined a ship towers considerably above him who imagined innate ideas.
Shun idleness is the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.
History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.
Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
For he who lives more lives than one: More deaths than one must die.
One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.
The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the body. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul and body alike. The first is called the Prince. The second is called the Pope. The third is called the People.
Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things.
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence.
The first duty of life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one as yet discovered.
Oh, duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
He who dies before many witnesses always does so with courage.
Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one.
It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.
He who doesn't have the spirit of his time, has all its misery.
A witty saying proves nothing.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
I know of no great man except those who have rendered great services to the human race.
I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.
Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them.
The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
Common sense is not so common.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.
You can never correct your work well until you have forgotten it.
He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
Truth is a fruit which should not be plucked until it is ripe.
To announce truths is an infallible receipt for being persecuted.
Every abuse ought to be reformed, unless the reform is more dangerous than the abuse itself.
Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.
Joys are our wings, sorrows our spurs.
A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
Except for an occasional heart attack I feel as young as I ever did.
The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon.
Drawing on my fine command of the language, I said nothing.
Not all who wander are lost
To be a tourist is to escape accountability. Errors and failings don't cling to you the way they do back home. You're able to drift across continents and languages, suspending the operation of sound thought. Tourism is the march of stupidity. You're expected to be stupid. The entire mechanism of the host country is geared to travelers acting stupidly. You walk around dazed, squinting into fold-out maps. You don't know how to talk to people, how to get anywhere, what the money means, what time it is, what to eat or how to eat it. Being stupid is the pattern, the level and the norm. You can exist on this level for weeks and months without reprimand or dire consequence. Together with thousands, you are granted immunities and broad freedoms. You are an army of fools, wearing bright polyesters, riding camels, taking pictures of each other, haggard, dysenteric, thirsty. There is nothing to think about but the next shapeless event.
I have been a stranger in a strange land.
Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.
Girls who put out are tramps. Girls who don't are ladies. This is, however, a rather archaic usage of the word. Should one of you boys happen upon a girl who doesn't put out, do not jump to the conclusion that you have found a lady. What you have probably found is a lesbian.
You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
Contrary to popular opinion, the hustle is not a new dance step -- it is an old business procedure.
The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.
But you think that it is time for me to have done with the world, and so I would if I could get into a better before I was called into the best, and not die here in a rage, like a poisoned rat in a hole.
Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own; which is the chief reason for that kind of reception it meets in the world, and that so very few are offended with it.
I refused to attend his funeral. But I wrote a very nice letter explaining that I approved of it.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
A solitary traveler can sleep from state to state, from day to night, from day to day, in the long womb of its controlled interior. It is the cradle that never stops rocking after the lullaby is over. It is the biggest sleeping tablet in the world, and no one need ever swallow the pill, for it swallows them.
I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for, President Truman worked for, and President Kennedy died for.
Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad.
The world has become uglier since it began to look into a mirror every day; so let us settle for the mirror image and do without an inspection of the original.
A faith is something you die for, a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world.
It's the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you're mad, then dangerous, then there's a pause and then you can't find anyone who disagrees with you.
I did not enter the labor Party forty-seven years ago to have our manifesto written by Dr. Mori, Dr. Gallup and Mr. Harris.
What vast additions to the conveniences and comforts of living might mankind have acquired, if the money spent in wars had been employed in works of public utility; what an extension of agriculture even to the tops of our mountains; what rivers rendered navigable, or joined by canals; what bridges, aqueducts, new roads, and other public works, edifices, and improvements might not have been obtained by spending those millions in doing good, which in the last war have been spent in doing mischief.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.
Broken friendships can be soldered, but never sound.
If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies.
Nature abhors a vacuum. When a head lacks brains, nature fills it with conceit.
Don't mind criticism. If it is untrue, disregard it; if unfair, keep from irritation; if it is ignorant, smile; if it is justified it is not criticism, learn from it.
Knowledge in the form of an informational commodity indispensable to productive power is already, and will continue to be, a major --perhaps the major --stake in the worldwide competition for power. It is conceivable that the nation-states will one day fight for control of information, just as they battled in the past for control over territory, and afterwards for control over access to and exploitation of raw materials and cheap labor.
Eclecticism is the degree zero of contemporary general culture: one listens to reggae, watches a western, eats McDonald's food for lunch and local cuisine for dinner, wears Paris perfume in Tokyo and retro clothes in Hong Kong; knowledge is a matter for TV games. It is easy to find a public for eclectic works.
Rock and roll doesn't necessarily mean a band. It doesn't mean a singer, and it doesn't mean a lyric, really. It's that question of trying to be immortal.
Our culture has become something that is completely and utterly in love with its parent. It's become a notion of boredom that is bought and sold, where nothing will happen except that people will become more and more terrified of tomorrow, because the new continues to look old, and the old will always look cute.
Good and bad men are less than they seem.
Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.
Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?
The government is becoming the family of last resort.
Do not tell a friend anything you would conceal from an enemy.
Woman is not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so.
It is fancy rather than taste which produces so many new fashions.
I learned very early in my life in Whitehall, the acid test of any political question is; What is the Alternative?
No question is so difficult to answer as that which the answer is obvious.
It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.
By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all.
Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it.
Can it be that chance has made me one of those women so immersed in one man that, whether they are barren or not, they carry with them to the grave the shriveled innocence of an old maid?
But just as delicate fare does not stop you from craving for saveloys, so tried and exquisite friendship does not take away your taste for something new and dubious.
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
It is always good policy to tell the truth unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar. It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I'm looking for the truth. and so it goes away. Puzzling.
Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a thirty thousand page menu, and no food.
What a heavy burden is a name that has become famous too soon.
The best is the enemy of the good.
In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.
I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age.
Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create.
Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.

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