He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation.
In this world, which is so plainly the antechamber of another, there are no happy men. The true division of humanity is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness. Our aim must be to diminish the number of the latter and increase the number of the former. That is why we demand education and knowledge.
It is the essence of truth that it is never excessive. Why should it exaggerate? There is that which should be destroyed and that which should be simply illuminated and studied. How great is the force of benevolent and searching examination! We must not resort to the flame where only light is required.
There are fathers who do not love their children, but there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.
God created the flirt as soon as he made the fool.
Liberation is not deliverance.
Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern.
There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
One cannot be a good historian of the outward, visible world without giving some thought to the hidden, private life of ordinary people; and on the other hand one cannot be a good historian of this inner life without taking into account outward events where these are relevant. They are two orders of fact which reflect each other, which are always linked and which sometimes provoke each other.
Category: History And Historians
Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.
Category: Human Rights
Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.