Marriage: A word which should be pronounced ‘mirage’.
– Herbert Spencer
Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom.
Education has for its object the formation of character.
When a man’s knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confusion.
Society exists for the benefit of its members, not the members for the benefit of society.
Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts – as the one which, more than any other, ministers to the human spirit.
The Republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature, a type nowhere at present existing.
Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
Old forms of government finally grow so oppressive that they must be thrown off even at the risk of reigns of terror.
Government is essentially immoral.
The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.
How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.
A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.
We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced.
Divine right of kings means the divine right of anyone who can get uppermost.
Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources.
A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it.
All socialism involves slavery.
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.
Our lives are universally shortened by our ignorance.
An argument fatal to the communist theory, is suggested by the fact, that a desire for property is one of the elements of our nature.
Marriage: a ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman.
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.
We do not commonly see in a tax a diminution of freedom, and yet it clearly is one.
Love is life’s end, but never ending. Love is life’s wealth, never spent, but ever spending. Love’s life’s reward, rewarded in rewarding.
People are beginning to see that the first requisite to success in life is to be a good animal.