It is becoming impossible for those who mix with their fellowmen to believe that the grace of God is distributed denominationally.
Let us remember, when we are inclined to be disheartened, that the private soldier is a poor judge of the fortunes of a great battle.
Our test is infallible. Whatever view of reality deepens our sense of the tremendous issues of life in the world wherein we move, is for us nearer the truth than any view which diminishes that sense.
There is no law of progress. Our future is in our own hands, to make or to mar. It will be an uphill fight to the end, and would we have it otherwise Let no one suppose that evolution will ever exempt us from struggle. You forget, said the Devil, with a chuckle, that I have been evolving too.
Literature flourishes best when it is half trade and half an art.
Is there, as the medieval mystics taught, a spark at the core of the Soul, which never consents to evil, a Divine nucleus in the heart of the personality, which can take no stain
Admiration for ourselves and our institutions is too often measured by our contempt and dislike for foreigners.
There are no rewards or punishments -- only consequences.
The soul is dyed with the color of its leisure thoughts
The effect of boredom on a large scale in history is underestimated. It is a main cause of revolutions, and would soon bring to an end all the static Utopias and the farmyard civilization of the Fabians.
The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born
The belief in progress, not as an ideal but as an indisputable fact, not as a task for humanity but as a law of Nature, has been the working faith of the West for about a hundred and fifty years.
The soul is dyed with the color of its leisure thoughts.
Man, as we know him, is a poor creature he is halfway between an ape and a god and he is travelling in the right direction.
The object of studying philosophy is to know one's own mind, not other people's.
Don't get up from the feast of life without paying for your share of it.
It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
If the universe is running down like a clock, the clock must have been wound up at a date which we could name if we knew it. The world, if it is to have an end in time, must have had a beginning in time.
A good government remains the greatest of human blessings and no nation has ever enjoyed it.
Faith is an act of rational choice, which determines us to act as if certain things were true, and in the confident expectation that they will prove to be true.
Faith always contains an element of risk, of venture and we are impelled to make the venture by the affinity and attraction which we feel in ourselves.
All faith consists essentially in the recognition of a world of spiritual values behind, yet not apart from, the world of natural phenomena.
To marry is to get a binocular view of life.
Democracy is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them.
It was said that Mr. Gladstone could persuade most people of most things, and himself of anything.