Embryos think with each stage of their development that they have now reached the only condition that really suits them. This, they say, must certainly be their last, inasmuch as its close will be so great a shock that nothing can survive it. Every change is a shock; every shock is a pro tanto death. What we call death is only a shock great enough to destroy our power to recognize a past and a present as resembling one another.
If, again, the most superficial introspection teaches the physiologist that his conscious life is dependent upon the mechanical adjustments of his body, and that inversely his body is subjected with certain limitations to his will, then it only remains for him to make one assumption more, namely, that this mutual interdependence between the spiritual and the material is itself also dependent on law, and he has discovered the bond by which the science of the matter and the science of consciousness are united into a single whole.
If people who are in a difficulty will only do the first little reasonable thing which they can clearly recognize as reasonable, they will always find the next step more easy both to see and take.
Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
We want words to do more than they can. We try to do with them what comes to very much like trying to mend a watch with a pickaxe or to paint a miniature with a mop; we expect them to help us to grip and dissect that which in ultimate essence is as ungrippable as shadow. Nevertheless there they are; we have got to live with them, and the wise course is to treat them as we do our neighbours, and make the best and not the worst of them.
We all love best not those who offend us least, nor those who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.
Peter remained on friendly terms with Christ notwithstanding Christ's having healed his mother-in-law.
Exploring is delightful to look forward to and back upon, but it is not comfortable at the time, unless it be of such an easy nature as not to deserve the name.
A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog; but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide.
We are not won by arguments that we can analyze but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself.
The world is naturally averse to all truth it sees or hears but swallows nonsense and a lie with greediness and gluttony.
Having, then, once introduced an element of inconsistency into his system, he was far too consistent not to be inconsistent consistently, and he lapsed ere long into an amiable indifferentism which to outward appearance differed but little from the indifferentism …
Theist and atheist: The fight between them is as to whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name.
People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted and at seeing it practised.
Every one should keep a mental wastepaper basket and the older he grows the more things he will consign to it-torn up to irrecoverable tatters.
It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma or want of dogma that the danger lies.
There is one thing certain namely that we can have nothing certain therefore it is not certain that we can have nothing certain.