All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the state.

- Albert Camus, 1951

To ensure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough; a police force is needed as well.

- Albert Camus, 1951

I sometimes think of what future historians will say of us. A single sentence will suffice for modern man: he fornicated and read the papers.

- Albert Camus, 1957

Mother died today. Or maybe it was yesterday, I don’t know. 

- Albert Camus, 1942

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.

- Albert Camus, 1951

The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science.

- Albert Einstein, 1930

Nationalism is an infantile disease, the measles of mankind.

- Albert Einstein, 1929

Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury—to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.

- Albert Einstein, 1931

I went [to war] because I couldn’t help it. I didn’t want the glory or the pay; I wanted the right thing done.

- Louisa May Alcott, 1863

Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts. 

- Aldous Huxley, 1929

I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.

- Aldous Huxley, 1925

A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it.

- Aldous Huxley, 1934

If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay in solid cash—the tribute which philistinism owes to culture, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners. Let us thank heaven for hypocrisy.

- Aldous Huxley, 1926