Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized.
We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners.
They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords. Lords without anger and honor, who dare not carry their swords. They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes; They look at our labor and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.
The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.
Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze.
It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.
What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.
Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged.
Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.
The mere brute pleasure of reading --the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.