Advertising is legalized lying.
The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought.
The New Deal is plainly an attempt to achieve a working socialism and avert a social collapse in America; it is extraordinarily parallel to the successive 'policies' and 'Plans' of the Russian experiment. Americans shirk the word 'socialism', but what else can one call it?
The only true measure of success is the ratio between what we might have done and what we might have been on the one hand, and the thing we have made and the things we have made of ourselves on the other.
The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.
The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships.
There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.
There's nothing wrong in suffering, if you suffer for a purpose. Our revolution didn't abolish danger or death. It simply made danger and death worthwhile.
We are living in 1937, and our universities, I suggest, are not half-way out of the fifteenth century. We have made hardly any changes in our conception of university organization, education, graduation, for a century - for several centuries.
While there is a chance of the world getting through its troubles, I hold that a reasonable man has to behave as though he were sure of it. If at the end your cheerfulness in not justified, at any rate you will have been cheerful.
You have learned something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.
A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own.
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.
Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true.
Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
Biologically the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
Cynicism is humor in ill health.
Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
Heresies are experiments in man's unsatisfied search for truth.
History is a race between education and catastrophe.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Human history in essence is the history of ideas.