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Inquiry is fatal to certainty.
 

It is an illuminating sign of beauty's generation by desire, that when the object of desire is securely won, the sense of its beauty languishes; few men are philosopher enough to desire what they have, and fewer still can find beauty in what no longer stirs desire.
 

It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.
 

Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.
 

Man became free when he recognized that he was subject to law.
 

Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.
 

Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years.
 

Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.
 

Never mind your happiness; do your duty.
[Goals]
 

No man who is in a hurry is quite civilized.
 

Nothing is new except arrangement.
 

Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a good thing to say.
[Action]
 

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
 

Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.
[Knowledge]
 

Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom.
 

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
 

So I should say that civilizations begin with religion and stoicism: they end with scepticism and unbelief, and the undisciplined pursuit of individual pleasure. A civilization is born stoic and dies epicurean.
[Civilization]
 

The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It's the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages.
 

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
 

The individual succumbs, but he does not die if he has left something to mankind.
 


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