When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons.

The Diary of Ana�s Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947
If a man has his eyes bound, you can encourage him as much as you like to stare through the bandage, but he'll never see anything.

The Castle
Nobody's easier to fool, than the person who is convinced that he is right.

We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end
Conviction is the conscience of the mind
Of what worth are convictions that bring not suffering?
Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect, they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a pretty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries
Out of passions grow opinions; mental sloth lets these rigidify into convictions
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

The Second Coming


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."