Born Wednesday 16 December 1863, died Friday 26 September 1952
Professions: Novelist, Philosopher, Poet
The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be.
Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.
The tendency to gather and to breed philosophers in universities does not belong to ages of free and humane reflection: it is scholastic and proper to the Middle Ages and to Germany.
That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.
The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.
The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.
Language is like money, without which specific relative values may well exist and be felt, but cannot be reduced to a common denominator.
Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.
Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.
The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism.
Philosophers are very severe towards other philosophers because they expect too much.
The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art.
The word experience is like a shrapnel shell, and bursts into a thousand meanings.
It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.
There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.
The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.
Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings, without attaching them to events or objects in the world.
Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
Habit is stronger than reason.