We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.
True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.
Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.
Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.
Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.
The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.
Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.
Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.
Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to the average person.
I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.
I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.
The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself.
There are no rewards or punishments - only consequences.