Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means.
Many are really virtuous who cannot explain what virtue is . . . But the powers themselves in reality perform their several operations with sufficient constancy and uniformity in persons of good health whatever their opinions be about them . . .
That action is best which procures the greatest happiness.
The ultimate notion of right is that which tends to the universal good; and when one’s acting in a certain manner has this tendency he has a right thus to act.
Unalienable rights are essential limitations to all governments.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
The wildest colts make the best horses.
Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
Medicine, to produce health, has to examine disease; and music, to create harmony, must investigate discord.
In the long run we are all dead.
Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.
Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.
Ideas shape the course of history.
If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid.
The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.
By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.