The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
Before you can be an internationalist you have first to be a naturalist and feel the ground under you making a whole circle. It is easier for a man to be loyal to his club than to his planet; the bylaws are shorter, and he is personally acquainted with the other members. A club, moreover, or a nation, has a most attractive offer to make: it offers the right to be exclusive. There are not many of us who are physically constituted to resist this strange delight, this nourishing privilege. It is at the bottom of all fraternities, societies, orders. It is at the bottom of most trouble. The planet holds out no such inducement, The planet is everybody’s. All it offers is the grass, the sky, the water, the ineluctable dream of peace and fruition.
If you turn the other cheek, you will get a harder blow on it than you got on the first one. This does not always happen, but it is to be expected, and you ought not to complain if it does happen.
Whenever the powers of government are placed in any hands other than those of the community, whether those of one man, of a few, or of several, those principles of human nature which imply that government is at all necessary, imply that those persons will make use of them to defeat the very end for which government exists.
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
No one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend.
We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.
Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better.
If an animal does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing for the same reason, we call it intelligence.
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