"What a curious work it would be which pointed out all the
corrupting ideas of the human mind, of society, of morality, which are
to be found either as themes or premises in the most celebrated
writings and the most venerated authors; the ideas that propagate
religious superstition, the bad political maxims, despotism, the
vanity of rank, popular prejudices of every kind. One would see that
almost all books are corrupters, and that the best do almost as much
harm as good."
"Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin
Every institution finally perishes by an excess of
its own first principle."
"There is no rational life, therefore, without intelligence and
things are good only in so far as they assist man to enjoy that life of
the mind which is determined by intelligence."
The Foundations of Moral Life)
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the
universe is that none of it has tried to contact us."
(Calvin & Hobbes - a 20th C cartoon-strip)
"I've always felt that a person's intelligence is directly reflected
by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain