The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
“Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
“To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already 3-parts dead.
In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.
“It's easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you
Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.
The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.