The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.
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.
In praising science, it does not follow that we must adopt the very poor philosophies which scientific men have constructed. In philosophy they have much more to learn than to teach.
Democracy is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them.
Love remembered and consecrated by grief belongs, more clearly than the happy intercourse of friends, to the eternal world; it has proved itself stronger than death.
I have no fear that the candle lighted in Palestine years ago will ever be put out.
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.
Bereavement is the sharpest challenge to our trust in God; if faith can overcome this, there is no mountain which it cannot remove.
All faith consists essentially in the recognition of a world of spiritual values behind, yet not apart from, the world of natural phenomena.
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.
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.
A good government remains the greatest of human blessings and no nation has ever enjoyed it.
Don't get up from the feast of life without paying for your share of it.
To marry is to get a binocular view of life.
Bereavement is the deepest initiation into the mysteries of human life, an initiation more searching and profound than even happy love.
Let none of us delude himself by supposing that honesty is always the best policy. It is not.
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.
What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
The soul is dyed with the color of its leisure thoughts.
The object of studying philosophy is to know one's own mind, not other people's.