Any marriage system which condemns a majority of the population to celibacy will be violently wrecked on the pretext that it outrages morality. The peasant I tempt to-day eats and drinks what was eaten and drunk by the peasants of ten thousand years ago; and the house he lives in has not altered as much in a thousand centuries as the fashion of a lady's bonnet in a score of weeks. Folly is the direct pursuit of Happiness and Beauty. The love of economy is the root of all virtue. Sentimentality is the error of supposing that quarter can be given or taken in moral conflicts. Marriage is the only legal contract which abrogates as between the parties all the laws that safeguard the particular relation to which it refers.
A number of people sit there in glory, not because they are happy, but because they think they owe it to their position to be in heaven. Democratic republics can no more dispense with national idols than monarchies with public functionaries. I know his clumsy typewriters and bungling locomotives and tedious bicycles: they are toys compared to the Maxim gun, the submarine torpedo boat. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven. Information about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation is a non profit 501 c 3 educational corporation organized under the laws of the state of Mississippi and granted tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service.
And each accusing the other of its own defect: Stupidity accusing Imagination of folly, and Imagination accusing Stupidity of ignorance: whereas, alas! Masters and servants are both tyrannical; but the masters are the more dependent of the two. . The roulette table pays nobody except him that keeps it. You cannot believe in honor until you have achieved it. A gentleman of our days is one who has money enough to do what every fool would do if he could afford it : that is, consume without producing.
It is easier to recruit for monasteries and convents than to induce an Arab woman to uncover her mouth in public, or a British officer to walk through Bond Street in a golfing cap on an afternoon in May. A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. They are not beautiful: they are only decorated. Here is the highest miracle of organization yet attained by life, the most intensely alive thing that exists, the most conscious of all the organisms; and yet, how wretched are his brains! If you injure your neighbor, better not do it by halves. He may be abject as a citizen; but he is dangerous as a fanatic. Riches and Art are spurious receipts for the production of Happiness and Beauty.
Political Economy and Social Economy are amusing intellectual games; but Vital Economy is the Philosopher Stone. Until a movement shows itself capable of spreading among brigands, it can never hope for a political majority. The accidental function of marriage is the gratification of the amoristic sentiment of mankind. Crime is only the retail department of what, in wholesale, we call penal law. Great men refuse titles because they are jealous of them.
A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven. Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty: what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness. The reformer for whom the world is not good enough finds himself shoulder to shoulder with him that is not good enough for the world. No man dares say so much of what he thinks as to appear to himself an extremist. Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.
No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth. The relation of master and servant is advantageous only to masters who do not scruple to abuse their authority, and to servants who do not scruple to abuse their trust. If you injure your neighbor, better not do it by halves. A man enjoys what he uses, not what his servants use. What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts. You think that you are Ann's suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued; that it is your part to woo, to persuade, to prevail, to overcome. Ladies and gentlemen are permitted to have friends in the kennel, but not in the kitchen.
But if you are naturally vulgar and credulous, as all reformers are, it will thrust you first into religion, where you will sprinkle water on babies to save their souls from me; then it will drive you from religion into science, where you will snatch the babies from the water sprinkling and inoculate them with disease to save them from catching it accidentally; then you will take to politics, where you will become the catspaw of corrupt functionaries and the henchman of ambitious humbugs; and the end will be despair and decrepitude, broken nerve and shattered hopes, vain regrets for that worst and silliest of wastes and sacrifices, the waste and sacrifice of the power of enjoyment: in a word, the punishment of the fool who pursues the better before he has secured the good. The minimum of national celibacy ascertained by dividing the number of males in the community by the number of females, and taking the quotient as the number of wives or husbands permitted to each person is secured in England where the quotient is 1 by the institution of monogamy. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it. The imagination cannot conceive a viler criminal than he who should build another London like the present one, nor a greater benefactor than he who should destroy it. Yon meant me to epater le bourgeois; and if he protests, I hereby refer him to you as the accountable party. No man fully capable of his own language ever masters another.
If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is posted with the permission of the copyright holder, your use and distribution must comply with both paragraphs 1. It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. The vilest abortionist is he who attempts to mould a child's character. The difference between the shallowest routineer and the deepest thinker appears, to the latter, trifling; to the former, infinite. Mens sana in corpore sano is a foolish saying. Decadence can find agents only when it wears the mask of progress.
Such combatants are patriots in the same sense as two dogs fighting for a bone are lovers of animals. No elaboration of physical or moral accomplishment can atone for the sin of parasitism. Did I not say, when I was arranging that affair of Faust's, that all Man's reason has done for him is to make him beastlier than any beast. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is derived from the public domain does not contain a notice indicating that it is posted with permission of the copyright holder , the work can be copied and distributed to anyone in the United States without paying any fees or charges. Hell, in short, is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself. The modern gentleman, without the hardihood of the one or the culture of the other, has the appetite of both put together.