A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essense of inhumanity.
All great truths began as blasphemies.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
If you do not say a thing in an irritating way, you may as well not say it at all because people will not trouble themselves about anything that does not trouble them.
Lack of money is the root of all evil.
Socialism means equality of income or nothing... under socialism you would not be allowed to be poor. You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you like it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner; but whilst you were permitted to live you would have to live well.
I also made it quite clear that Socialism means equality of income or nothing, and that under socialism you would not be allowed to be poor. You would be forcibly feed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you like it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner; but whilst you were permitted to live you would have to live well.
An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
The right to know is like the right to live. It is fundamental and unconditional in its assumption that knowledge, like life, is a desirable thing.
Nobody can live in society without conventions. The reason why sensible people are as conventional as they can bear to be is that conventionality saves so much time and thought and trouble and social friction of one sort or another that it leaves them much more leisure time for freedom than unconventionality does.
Imprisonment, as it exists today, is a worse crime than any of those committed by its victims.
Martyrdom is the only way a person can become famous without ability.
When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.
The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'