I acknowledge and do not deny that you love me before I existed, and that you love me unspeakably much, as one gone mad over your creature.
It is a misery to be born, a pain to live, a trouble to die.
If you want to know how your girl will treat you after marriage, just listen to her talking to her little brother.
A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second, hand.
Ideas are like shadows — substantial enough until we try to grasp them.
The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.
Each of you is perfect the way you are ... and you can use a little improvement.
Success is just a little more effort.
When history looks back, I want people to know the Nazis weren't able to kill millions of people and get away with it.
When we come to the other world and meet the millions of Jews who died in the camps and they ask us, 'What have you done?' there will be many answers. You will say, 'I became a jeweler.' Another will say, 'I smuggled coffee and American cigarettes.' Another will say, 'I built houses.' But I will say, 'I didn't forget you.'
At the bottom of the heart of every human being, from earliest infancy until the tomb, there is something that goes on indomitably expecting, in the teeth of all experience of crimes committed, suffered, and witnessed, that good and not evil will be done to him. It is this above all that is sacred in every human being.
I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
For strange effects and extraordinary combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more daring than any effort of the imagination.
It saved me from ennui, he answered, yawning. Alas! I already feel it closing in upon me. My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little problems help me to do so.
I would rather be an opportunist and float than go to the bottom with my principles round my neck.
The die-hard opinions of George III couched in the language of Edmund Burke.
The real need of the day is ... moral and spiritual rearmament ... God's Living Spirit can transcend conflicting political systems, can reconcile order and freedom, can rekindle true patriotism, can unite all citizens in the service of the nation, and all nations in the service of mankind.
In the great debates of early-nineteenth century geology, catastrophists followed the stereotypical method of objective science-empirical literalism. They believed what they saw, interpolated nothing, and read the record of the rocks directly.
Included in this almost nothing, as a kind of geological afterthought of the last few million years, is the first development of self-conscious intelligence on this planet—an odd and unpredictable invention of a little twig on the mammalian evolutionary bush. Any definition of this uniqueness, embedded as it is in our possession of language, must involve our ability to frame the world as stories and to transmit these tales to others. If our propensity to grasp nature as story has distorted our perceptions, I shall accept this limit of mentality upon knowledge, for we receive in trade both the joys of literature and the core of our being.
No rational order of divine intelligence unites species. The natural ties are genealogical along contingent pathways of history.