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No mistake is so commonly made by clever people as that of assuming a cause to be bad because the arguments of its supporters are, to a great extent, nonsensical
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Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.
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Infidel' is a term of reproach, which Christians and Mohammedans, in their modesty, agree to apply to those who differ from them
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Perhaps the most valuable result of al education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.
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There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued
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The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying
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There is no alleviation for the sufferings of mankind except veracity of thought and of action, and the resolute facing of the world as it is when the garment of make-believe by which pious hands have hidden its uglier features is stripped off.
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Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.
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If a man cannot do brain work without stimulants of any kind, he had better turn to hand work it is an indication on Nature's part that she did not mean him to be a head worker.
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It is not to be forgotten that what we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts.
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Ecclesiasticism in science is only unfaithfulness to truth.
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The more rapidly truth is spread among mankind the better it will be for them. Only let us be sure that it is the truth.
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Books are the money of Literature, but only the counters of Science.
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Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
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Time, whose tooth gnaws away everything else, is powerless against truth.
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All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified.
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Economy does not lie in sparing money, but in spending it wisely.
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No slavery can be abolished without a double emancipation, and the master will benefit by freedom more than the freed-man.
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It is one of the most saddening things in life that, try as we may, we can never be certain of making people happy, whereas we can almost always be certain of making them unhappy.
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Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
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Science reckons many prophets, but there is not even a promise of a Messiah.
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The great tragedy of science is the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
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There is but one right, and the possibilities of wrong are infinite.
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It is because the body is a machine that education is possible. Education is the formation of habits, a superinducing of an artificial organization upon the natural organization of the body.
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The scientific imagination always restrains itself within the limits of probability.
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History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.
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I am content with nothing, restless and ambitious... and I despise myself for the vanity, which formed half the stimulus to my exertions. Oh would that I were one of those plodding wise fools who having once set their hand to the plough go on nothing doubting.
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I believe that history might be, and ought to be, taught in a new fashion so as to make the meaning of it as a process of evolution intelligible to the young.
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I do not say think as I think, but think in my way. Fear no shadows, least of all in that great spectre of personal unhappiness which binds half the world to orthodoxy.
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