The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.
An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.
Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.
To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual.
Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.
Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.
It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in Providence, than to see their real import and value.
Animals are in possession of themselves; their soul is in possession of their body. But they have no right to their life, because they do not will it.
When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.
We do not need to be shoemakers to know if our shoes fit, and just as little have we any need to be professionals to acquire knowledge of matters of universal interest.