When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.
A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
Most of our energy goes into upholding our importance... if we were capable of losing some of that importance, two extraordinary things would happen to us. One, we would free our energy from trying to maintain the illusory idea of our grandeur;and two we would provide ourselves with enough energy to... catch a glimpse of the actual grandeur of the universe.
The belief that there are other life forms in the universe is a matter of faith. There is not a single shred of evidence for any other life forms, and in forty years of searching, none has been discovered. There is absolutely no evidentiary reason to maintain this belief.
Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act.
I sometimes think that the price of liberty is not so much eternal vigilance as eternal dirt.
A universe comes to birth from its center; it spreads out from a central point that is, as it were, its navel.
I wanted to be a decorator. I wanted to interior design homes and do everything myself.
My first time in England, in the '60s, the interiors were somehow familiar to me, probably because of the books I'd read and the images I'd seen.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.
Our tragedy is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it... the basest of all things is to be afraid.
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
Near the sun is the center of the universe.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
Everything you'll ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body.
The sea is the universal sewer.
I heard what was said of the universe, heard it and heard it of several thousand years; it is middling well as far as it goes - but is that all?
Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.
If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation.
By space the universe encompasses me and swallows me up like an atom; by thought I comprehend the world.
There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: Napoleon and liberty. For want of the great man, let us have the great thing.
If we do discover a complete theory, it should be in time understandable in broad principle by everyone. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people be able to take part in the discussion of why we and the universe exist.
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.