To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise.
Language is like money, without which specific relative values may well exist and be felt, but cannot be reduced to a common denominator.
Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.
The degree in which a poet’s imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.
Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.
It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.
A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one’s life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.
Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude, and his infinitude is, in one sense, overcome.
To reform means to shatter one form and to create another; but the two sides of this act are not always equally intended nor equally successful.
I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty.
The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape.
Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.
It is possible to be a master in false philosophy, easier, in fact, than to be a master in the truth, because a false philosophy can be made as simple and consistent as one pleases.