All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know.
Christ: I dislike him very much. Still, I can stand him. What I cannot stand is the wretched band of people whose profession is to hoodwink us about him.
Mr. Tennyson has said that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, but he wisely refrains from saying whether they are good or bad things.
The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.
If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.
If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.
We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms.
Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon atmosphere that common sense can rarely reach them.
Theist and atheist: the fight between them is as to whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name.
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
We are not won by arguments that we can analyse but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself.
Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.
Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, adultery and desertion, he would probably get one.
Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.
No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing to logic in cases which are beyond her jurisdiction.
Logic is like the sword - those who appeal to it, shall perish by it.
An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.
The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger, but we care less about it.
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
The Ancient Mariner would not have taken so well if it had been called The Old Sailor.
Though analogy is often misleading, it is the least misleading thing we have.
The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable.
People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.
God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.
The dead should be judged like criminals, impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.
Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.
Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.
To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.
There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.
Think of and look at your work as though it were done by your enemy. If you look at it to admire it, you are lost.
Young people have a marvelous faculty of either dying or adapting themselves to circumstances.
Priests are not men of the world; it is not intended that they should be; and a University training is the one best adapted to prevent their becoming so.
A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those worth committing.
Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.
People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely, but according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.
There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.
Death is only a larger kind of going abroad.
Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.