People intoxicate themselves with work so they won’t see how they really are.
A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.
An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.
Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
What with making their way and enjoying what they have won heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes – ah they have all the necessary leisure.
Words words words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time one’s never in contact with things only with the beastly words that stand for them.
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
Science has explained nothing the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.
Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded in certain circles as a kind of hallmark of true science.
The more powerful and original a mind the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself to multiply the ways in which he exists to make his life full significant and interesting.
All gods are homemade and it is we who pull their strings and so give them the power to pull ours.
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own.