If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you'll find you've done it.
Be like the sun and meadow, which are not in the least concerned about the coming winter.
Life is too short for men to take it seriously.
When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters anymore. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get ahead in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.
Some men see things as they are and say why -- I dream things that never were and say why not.
Liberty is the breath of life to nations.
Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.
A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
Self-control is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive.
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
You are the only sort of man in whose existence I see much hope for in this deplorable world.
He who has never hoped can never despair.
Those who understand evil pardon it.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
When you loved me I gave you the whole sun and stars to play with. I gave you eternity in a single moment, strength of the mountains in one clasp of your arms, and the volume of all the seas in one impulse of your soul.
Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.
The heretic is always better dead. And mortal eyes cannot distinguish the saint from the heretic.
Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
A veteran journalist has never had time to think twice before he writes.
There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.
There is nothing more dangerous than the conscience of a bigot.
We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence... on pain of liquidation.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence.
What is virtue but the Trade Unionism of the married?
The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability.
My reputation grows with every failure.
Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.
When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.
An index is a great leveller.
An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.
I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.
Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
The minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong.
Very few people can afford to be poor.
The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.
We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it.
The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.
Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.
Caesar was a man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
When a man says money can do anything, that settles it: he hasn't got any.
An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.
Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him.
It's so hard to know what to do when one wishes earnestly to do right.
Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
You have learnt something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.
The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.
There are no secrets better kept than the secrets everybody guesses.
The frontier between hell and heaven is only the difference between two ways of looking at things.
You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, grub.
Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.
If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people's opinions will rush in from all quarters.
I never resist temptation, because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn't be anything for us to do.
Martyrdom: The only way a man can become famous without ability.
I want to be all used up when I die.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.
He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
Old men are dangerous: it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world.
We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered animals, how can we expect any ideal living conditions on this earth?
I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.
Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.
We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be.
Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts.
I am a Christian. That obliges me to be a Communist.
It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
Hell is full of musical amateurs.
Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned. May not one lost soul be permitted to abstain?
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.
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