They were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force--nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.
For where the instrument of intelligence is added to brute power and evil will, mankind is powerless in its own defense.
Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons.
Who can . . . guess how much industry and providence and affection we have caught from the pantomime of brutes?
The Lord of Learning who upraised mankind from being silent brutes to singing men.
Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom.
Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.
The Pythagoreans degrade impious men into brutes and, if one is to believe Empedocles, even into plants.
Man is a living duty, a depository of powers that he must not leave in a brute state. Man is a wing.
My great forte in killing buffaloes was to get them circling by riding my horse at the head of the herd and shooting their leaders. Thus the brutes behind were crowded to the left, so that they were soon going round and round.
The mere brute pleasure of reading - the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.
Charm" — which means the power to effect work without employing brute force — is indispensable to women. Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm.
The power which money gives is that of brute force; it is the power of the bludgeon and the bayonet.
The mob is a sort of bear; while your ring is through its nose, it will even dance under your cudgel; but should the ring slip, and you lose your hold, the brute will turn and rend you.
"Face the brutes." That is a lesson for all life-face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them.
The philosophic spirit of inquiry may be traced to brute curiosity, and that to the habit of examining all things in search of food. Artistic genius is an expansion of monkey imitativeness.
If all consciousness is subject to essential laws in a manner similar to that in which spatial reality is subject to mathematical laws, then these essential laws will be of most fertile significance in investigating facts of the conscious life of human and brute animals.
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
A rude nature is worse than a brute nature by so much more as man is better than a beast: and those that are of civil natures and genteel dispositions are as much nearer to celestial creatures as those that are rude and cruel are to devils.
Nothing made by brute force lasts.
I can well conceive a man without hands, feet, head. But I cannot conceive man without thought; he would be a stone or a brute.
Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world.
I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide; for the man is effectually destroyed, though the appetites of the brute may survive.
Brute animals have the vowel sounds; man only can utter consonants.
When men make themselves into brutes it is just to treat them like brutes.
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