We say that a girl with her doll anticipates the mother. It is more true, perhaps, that most mothers are still but children with playthings.
— F. H. Bradley
The force of the blow depends on the resistance. It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation. Either fly or yield at once.
The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge.
There are those who so dislike the nude that they find something indecent in the naked truth.
There are persons who, when they cease to shock us, cease to interest us.
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.
It is good to know what a man is, and also what the world takes him for. But you do not understand him until you have learnt how he understands himself.
True penitence condemns to silence. What a man is ready to recall he would be willing to repeat.
Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived. It is a pity that this is still the only knowledge of their wives at which some men seem to arrive.
Eclecticism - every truth is so true that any truth must be false.
The man who has ceased to fear has ceased to care.
It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change, and whom no one can help, become uninteresting. Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least.
The mood in which my book was conceived and executed, was in fact to some extent a passing one.
The world is the best of all possible worlds, and everything in it is a necessary evil.
Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.
The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one's own mind.
One said of suicide, As long as one has brains one should not blow them out. And another answered, But when one has ceased to have them, too often one cannot.
Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct; but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.
Another occupation might have been better.