A perfection of means and confusion of aims seems to be our main problem.
As for the search for truth, I know from my own painful searching, with its many blind alleys, how hard it is to take a reliable step, be it ever so small, toward the understanding of that which is truly significant.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer lives are based on the labours of other men living and dead.
A human being is a part of a whole called by us universe : A part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin : what else does a man need to be happy.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
An oligarchy of private capital cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society (because) under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information.
A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education and social ties. No religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
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