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The presentations and conceptions of the average man of the world are formed and dominated, not by the full and pure desire for knowledge as an end in itself, but by the struggle to adapt himself favourably to the conditions of life.
The fact is, every thinker, every philosopher, the moment he is forced to abandon his one-sided intellectual occupation by practical necessity, immediately returns to the general point of view of mankind.
The ego is as little absolutely permanent as are bodies.
The biological task of science is to provide the fully developed human individual with as perfect a means of orientating himself as possible. No other scientific ideal can be realised, and any other must be meaningless.
Similarly, many a young man, hearing for the first time of the refraction of stellar light, has thought that doubt was cast on the whole of astronomy, whereas nothing is required but an easily effected and unimportant correction to put everything right again.
Science always has its origin in the adaptation of thought to some definite field of experience.
Physics is experience, arranged in economical order.
Personally, people know themselves very poorly.
Ordinarily pleasure and pain are regarded as different from sensations.
My table is now brightly, now dimly lighted. Its temperature varies. It may receive an ink stain. One of its legs may be broken. It may be repaired, polished, and replaced part by part. But, for me, it remains the table at which I daily write.
Many an article that I myself penned twenty years ago impresses me now as something quite foreign to myself.
Man is pre-eminently endowed with the power of voluntarily and consciously determining his own point of view.
If our dreams were more regular, more connected, more stable, they would also have more practical importance for us.
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