There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.

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Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

The Life of Reason, Vol. 1 (1905). Often paraphrased as "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.

The Life of Reason, Vol. 1 (1905)

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.

The Life of Reason, Vol. 1 (1905)

That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions and, were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions.

The Life of Reason, Vol. 1 (1905)

The highest form of vanity is love of fame.

The Life of Reason, Vol 2 (1905)