Offense

Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.

I cannot think of the results of your labors without shame at the little we do.

Practice humility and patience.

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.

Only the liberation of the natural capacity for love in human beings can master their sadistic destructiveness.

Modern reality has got such a hold on us that... when we attempt to reconstruct the ancient days in our thoughts...the minor events of our lives tear us away from our meditations, and... thrust us back into our personal [problems]

I am looking for the novelists whose writing is an extension of their intellect rather than an extension of their neurosis.

All's oblique; there's nothing level in our cursed natures but direct villainy. Therefore be abhorred all feasts, societies, and throngs of men!

O my lord, Press not a falling man too far! 'Tis virtue His faults lie open to the laws; let them, Not you, correct him.

O, my sweet sir, news fitting to the night, black, fearful, comfortless, and horrible.

The doctrine of man as creator, as I can easily show to such as can think philosophically, necessarily leads to an assumption of a greater creative force immanent in nature. . . . Human life, weak as it is, shadowlike as undoubtedly it is, fleet-footed as it is, gains strength in the thought that the All-life lives and supports the individual life, which is not wiped away as the little ripplets are in the broader stream.