Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.
Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.
If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.
It is as wrong for one person to rule many as for many to rule one.
True life is lived when tiny changes occur.
If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
It's too easy to criticize a man when he's out of favour, and to make him shoulder the blame for everybody else's mistakes.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
Every man had his personal habits, passions, and impulses toward goodness, beauty, and truth.
We live in this world like a child who enters a room where a clever person is speaking. The child did not hear the beginning of the speech, and he leaves before the end; and there are certain things which he hears but does not understand.
Quite often a man goes on for years imagining that the religious teaching that had been imparted to him since childhood is still intact, while all the time there is not a trace of it left in him.
He who is looking for wisdom is already wise; and he who thinks that he has found wisdom is a stupid man.
The activity of art is... as important as the activity of language itself, and as universal.
They ought to find out how to vaccinate for love, like smallpox.
A man is free only when he lives in truth, and truth can be perceived only by the intellect.
To love life is to love God. Harder and more blessed than all else is to love this life in one's sufferings, in undeserved sufferings.
He had learned that, as there is no situation in the world in which a man can be happy and perfectly free, so there is no situation in which he can be perfectly unhappy and unfree.
But there was another class of people, the real people. To this class they all belonged, and in it the great thing was to be elegant, generous, plucky, gay, to abandon oneself without a blush to every passion, and to laugh at everything else.
Wealth will no give you satisfaction. The more your wealth grows, the more your requirements grow with it.
I often think that men don't understand what is noble and what is ignorant, though they always talk about it.
There is a condition in which a person feels himself the architect of his life. It occurs when he concentrates all his efforts and all his intellect on the present moment.
War is not a polite recreation but the vilest thing in life, and we ought to understand that and not play at war. Our attitude towards the fearful necessity of war ought to be stern. It boils down to this: we should have done with humbug, and let war be war and not a game. Otherwise, war is a favourite pastime of the idle and frivolous...
The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.
Science fulfills its purpose, not when it explains the reasons for the dark spots on the sun, but when it understands and explains the laws of our own life, and the consequences of violating these laws.
Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.
The further you progress, the higher the ideal of perfection toward which you strive rises.
And where love ends, hate begins .
There are many people who claim to be teachers of others who should themselves be taught first of all.
The error arises from the learned jurists deceiving themselves and others, by asserting that government is not what it really is, one set of men banded together to oppress another set of men, but, as shown by science, is the representation of the citizens in their collective capacity.
Power is a word the meaning of which we do not understand.
And those who only know the non-platonic love have no need to talk of tragedy. In such love there can be no sort of tragedy.
Outer consequences are not in our power to control; it is only possible to make an effort, and inner consequences always follow from our effort.
I am the tool with which God works. My virtue is to participate in this work, and I can do so if I keep the instrument which is given to me, namely my soul, in immaculate condition.
If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.
The subject of history is the life of people and mankind.