Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.
Politics is concerned with herds rather than with individuals, and the passions which are important in politics are, therefore, those in which the various members of a given herd can feel alike.
Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths.
The theoretical understanding of the world, which is the aim of philosophy, is not a matter of great practical importance to animals, or to savages, or even to most civilised men.
Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power.
The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
God is a reality of spirit... He cannot... be conceived as an object, not even as the very highest object. God is not to be found in the world of objects.
Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
People are zealous for a cause when they are not quite positive that it is true.
Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.
It is illegal in England to state in print that a wife can and should derive sexual pleasure from intercourse.
A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.
The secret of happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible, horrible, horrible.
Conquer the world by intelligence, and not merely by being slavishly subdued by the terror that comes from it.
If one lived for ever the joys of life would inevitably in the end lose their savour. As it is, they remain perennially fresh.
The wise man thinks about his troubles only when there is some purpose in doing so; at other times he thinks about other things.
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.
This is patently absurd but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.
It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.
Civilized life has altogether grown too tame, and, if it is to be stable, it must provide a harmless outlets for the impulses which our remote ancestors satisfied in hunting.
It is because modern education is so seldom inspired by a great hope that it so seldom achieves great results. The wish to preserve the past rather than the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the young.
By self-interest, Man has become gregarious, but in instinct he has remained to a great extent solitary; hence the need of religion and morality to reinforce self-interest