The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.
We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called 'Facts'. They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that should forever exempt him from indignities.
Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom.
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.
Men act like brutes in so far as the sequences of their perceptions arise through the principle of memory only, like those empirical physicians who have mere practice without theory.
When men make themselves into brutes it is just to treat them like brutes.
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.
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?
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.
The Pythagoreans degrade impious men into brutes and, if one is to believe Empedocles, even into plants.
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.
The worst enemy of human hope is not brute facts, but men of brains who will not face them.
The power which money gives is that of brute force; it is the power of the bludgeon and the bayonet.
"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.
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.
I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide.
I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.
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.
He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.
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