Imagination is a poor substitute for experience.
If men and women are to understand each other, to enter into each other's nature with mutual sympathy, and to become capable of genuine comradeship, the foundation must be laid in youth.
In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met with by the way.
What we call progress is the exchange of one Nuisance for another Nuisance.
Philosophy is a purely personal matter. A genuine philosopher's credo is the outcome of a single complex personality; it cannot be transferred. No two persons, if sincere, can have the same philosophy.
However well organized the foundations of life may be, life must always be full of risks.
Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
Education, whatever else it should or should not be, must be an inoculation against the poisons of life and an adequate equipment in knowledge and skill for meeting the chances of life.
Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy.
A sublime faith in human imbecility has seldom led those who cherish it astray.
The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.
In the early days of Christianity the exercise of chastity was frequently combined with a close and romantic intimacy of affection between the sexes which shocked austere moralists.
What we call 'morals' is simply blind obedience to words of command.
'Charm' - which means the power to effect work without employing brute force - is indispensable to women. Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm.
The by-product is sometimes more valuable than the product.
Thinking in its lower grades, is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.
Failing to find in women exactly the same kind of sexual emotions, as they find in themselves, men have concluded that there are none there at all.
At the present day the crude theory of the sexual impulse held on one side, and the ignorant rejection of theory altogether on the other side, are beginning to be seen as both alike unjustified.
All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
It is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to be obscene, they could never have dared to be great.