Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit
of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
Most human beings have an almost infinite
capacity for taking things for granted.
I can sympathize with people’s pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness.
Too much consistency is as bad for the mind as for the body.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Experience teaches only the teachable.
Happiness is something you get as a by-product in the process of making something else.
Morality is always the product of terror; its chains and strait-waistcoats are fashioned by those who dare not trust others, because they do not dare to trust themselves, to walk in liberty.
Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.
The secret of genius is to carry the
spirit of the child into old age,
which mean never losing your enthusiasm.
Experience is not what happens to a man;
it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Sleep is the most blessed and blessing of all natural graces.
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life.
The only completely consistent people are the dead.
- E. M. Forster English Novelist
- Corrie Ten Boom Dutch Jewish Humanist
- Desiderius Erasmus Dutch Catholic Humanist
- G. K. Chesterton English Journalist
- Thomas Love Peacock English Satirist, Novelist
- J. G. Ballard English Novelist
- Percy Bysshe Shelley English Poet
- George Harrison English Singer
- Evelyn Waugh English Novelist, Humorist
- Daniel Defoe English Writer