The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies.
Killing time or killing yourself amounts to the same thing, strictly speaking.
Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
To look for a purpose in Life outside Life itself amounts to killing Life. Reason is given by Life, not vice versa. Life is prior to meaning... Human life is joyful interrogation. Any answer is blasphemy.
Man was born to be tested on this earth... If I am to live twenty more years, I will try to live enjoying each moment, instead of killing myself to get more... to be a man means to be responsible, to know when it is time to speak, to know what has to be said, to know when one must stay silent.
The possibility of killing one's self is a safety-valve. Having it, man has not right to say that life is unbearable.
The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.
We have too many men of science, and too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical midgets. We know more about war than we know of peace, more about killing than we know about living.
What no human soul desires there is no need to prohibit; it is automatically excluded. The very emphasis of the commandment, Thou shalt not kill, makes it certain that we spring from an endless ancestry of murderers, with whom the lust for killing was in the blood, as possibly it is to this day with ourselves.
Self-sacrifice of one innocent man is a million times more potent than the sacrifice of a million men who die in the act of killing others.
You do not destroy an idea by killing people; you replace it with a better one.
There’s no difference between one’s killing and making decisions that will send others to kill. It’s exactly the same thing, or even worse.
I believe that only by being in the presence of beauty and the great things in the world around us can man eventually get the goddam hatred of wanting to kill each other out of his system. We begin to understand, that we're only in this world such a short time it’s incredible we should spend these few years hating and killing each other.
It is essential to persuade the soldier that those he is being urged to massacre are bandits who do not deserve to live; before killing other good, decent fellows like himself, his gun would fall from his hands.
Unhappiness lies in not knowing what we want out of life and killing ourselves to get it.
Unhappiness is in not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.
If we could have ended the war by showing the power of science without killing a single person, all of us would be much happier, more reasonable, and much safer.
No body of men can be induced to do another man’s killing for him unless he can convince them that they may honorably do so. The percentage of blackguards and sadists who enjoy cruelty for its own sake have to pretend that they are patriots and ministers of justice to secure the toleration of their fellow citizens.
The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of humor that ends by killing the victim's sympathies.
Time: That which people are always trying to kill, but which ends in killing them.