All great civilizations, in their early stages, are based on success in war.
We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.
Children who are treated as if they are uneducable almost invariably become uneducable.
To hurry through the rise and fall of a fine, full sentence is like defying the role of time in human life.
A lot of people you think you know you don't know until you find out you don't know then it may be too late to know.
The great achievement of the Catholic Church lay in harmonizing, civilizing the deepest impulses of ordinary, ignorant people.
Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest inventions of Western man. It could not have been foreseen by any logical process.
It is lack of confidence, more than anything else, that kills a civilisation. We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.
No nude, however abstract, should fail to arouse in the spectator some vestige of erotic feeling, even if it be only the faintest shadow - and if it does not do so it is bad art and false morals.
I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves.