Quotes by: F. H. Bradley

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Francis Herbert Bradley
Born (1846-01-30)30 January 1846
Clapham, Surrey, England
Died 18 September 1924(1924-09-18) (aged 78)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Alma mater University College, Oxford
Era 19th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School British idealism
Main interests
Metaphysics, Ethics, Philosophy of history, Logic

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.
F. H. Bradley
Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived. It is a pity that this is still the only knowledge of their wives at which some men seem to arrive.
F. H. Bradley
We say that a girl with her doll anticipates the mother. It is more true, perhaps, that most mothers are still but children with playthings.
F. H. Bradley
It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change, and whom no one can help, become uninteresting. Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least.
F. H. Bradley
There are those who so dislike the nude that they find something indecent in the naked truth.
F. H. Bradley
The mood in which my book was conceived and executed, was in fact to some extent a passing one.
F. H. Bradley
The world is the best of all possible worlds, and everything in it is a necessary evil.
F. H. Bradley
Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.
F. H. Bradley
One said of suicide, As long as one has brains one should not blow them out. And another answered, But when one has ceased to have them, too often one cannot.
F. H. Bradley
True penitence condemns to silence. What a man is ready to recall he would be willing to repeat.
F. H. Bradley
It is good to know what a man is, and also what the world takes him for. But you do not understand him until you have learnt how he understands himself.
F. H. Bradley
Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct; but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.
F. H. Bradley
The force of the blow depends on the resistance. It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation. Either fly or yield at once.
F. H. Bradley
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