Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.
If a man aspires to the highest place, it is no dishonor to him to halt at the second, or even at the third.
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.
Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man.
I have sworn upon the alter of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil; nor temperate, who considers pleasure the highest good.
In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears form the eyes of woman.
The philosophical point of view of the average man - if that term may be applied to his naive realism - has a claim to the highest consideration.
An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.
This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
The novel is the highest form of human expression so far attained. Why? Because it is so incapable of the absolute.
The house is not an object, "a machine to live in"; it is the universe that man constructs for himself by imitating the paradigmatic creation of the gods, the cosmogony.
The plain man is familiar with blindness and deafness, and knows from his everyday experience that the look of things is influenced by his senses; but it never occurs to him to regard the whole world as the creation of his senses.
To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.
The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.
A man should never put on his best trousers when he goes out to battle for freedom and truth.
Because only man is capable to laugh, that means laughter is the highest point of consciousness, the highest point of understanding,the highest point of evolution. That's why I have started calling laughter "the prayer time."
The presentations and conceptions of the average man of the world are formed and dominated, not by the full and pure desire for knowledge as an end in itself, but by the struggle to adapt himself favourably to the conditions of life.
Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.
Now, the external work of man is of the most varied kind as regards the force or ease, the form and rapidity, of the motions used on it, and the kind of work produced.
A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance.
In the Christian world... it is believed that angels were created at the beginning, and that heaven was formed of them; and that the Devil or Satan was an angel of light, who, becoming rebellions, was cast down with his crew, and that this was the origin of hell.
When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.