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When one walks, one is brought into touch first of all with the essential relations between one's physical powers and the character of the country one is compelled to see it as its natives do. Then every man one meets is an individual. One is no longer regarded by the whole population as an unapproachable and uninteresting animal to be cheated and robbed.
To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.
To the eyes of a god, mankind must appear as a species of bacteria which multiply and become progressively virulent whenever they find themselves in a congenial culture, and whose activity diminishes until they disappear completely as soon as proper measures are taken to sterilize them.
The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.
I was asked to memorize what I did not understand and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.
It sometimes strikes me that the whole of science is a piece of impudence that nature can afford to ignore our impertinent interference. If our monkey mischief should ever reach the point of blowing up the earth by decomposing an atom, and even annihilated the sun himself, I cannot really suppose that the universe would turn a hair.
The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.
There are hardly half a dozen writers in England today who have not sold out to the enemy. Even when their good work has been a success, Mammon grips them and whispers: More money for more work.
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