Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.
Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of great sculpture.
Great scientific discoveries have been made by men seeking to verify quite erroneous theories about the nature of things.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
Maybe this world is another planet’s Hell.
Every civilization is, among other things, an arrangement for domesticating the passions and setting them to do useful work.
Every man’s memory is his private literature.
The essay is a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything.
Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons.
Almost all of us long for peace and freedom; but very few of us have much enthusiasm for the thoughts, feelings, and actions that make for peace and freedom.
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.