Letters & Essays
On the face of it, there is something rather strange about human psychology.
Young people wonder how the adult world can be so boring.
Progress towards sanity is achieved by abandoning first the desire for omnipotence
Only the impossible is worth attempting.
Astonishment is the only realistic emotion.
The fact that something is far-fetched is no reason why it should not be true;
People accept their limitations
It is inconceivable that anything should be existing.
It is superfluous to be humble on one’s own behalf;
People have been marrying and bringing up children for centuries now.
The only important thing to realise about history
(Aphorisms are taken from The Decline and Fall of Science and Advice to Clever Children.)