Times of general calamity and confusion create great minds.
The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms.
When a rich man’s dog died, everyone commiserated.
When a poor man lost his mother, no one noticed.
One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.
I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy.
I expostulated, but he replied:⏎
The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that is fair. In these words, he epitomized the history of the human race.
If you forgo your plan, you also have to forgo fear.
Life is like a blanket too short.
You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder;
but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night.
He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.
The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I gained a new friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting of an old one.
The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.
Ethics is not definable, is not implementable, because it is not conscious; it involves not only our thinking, but also our feeling.
You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, you have to write. Inspiration? – a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance.
The expedition of my violent love outrun the pauser, reason.
Logic is an instrument used for bolstering a prejudice.
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
The first step towards amendment is the recognition of error.
I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly combat.
Obtain from yourself all that makes complaining useless. No longer implore from others what you yourself can obtain.
Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.
The man who willeth to do well… we should extol his virtues and speak not of his faults behind his back.
A generation of men is like a generation of leaves; the wind scatters some leaves upon the ground, while others the burgeoning wood brings forth – and the season of spring comes on. So of men, one generation springs forth and another ceases.
A great many of those who ‘debunk’ traditional… values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process.
Souls woven together by the gods can never be unraveled.
Judgement, not passion should prevail.
The individual choice of garnishment of a burger can be an important point to the consumer in this day when individualism is an increasingly important thing to people.
It is common error to infer that things which are consecutive in order of time have necessarily the relation of cause and effect.
Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.
Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
That’s it baby, when you got it, flaunt it.
Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.
Any appeasement of tyranny is treason to this republic and to the democratic ideal.
In quarrels such as these not ours to intervene.
Erase fancy; curb impulse; quench desire; let sovereign reason have the mastery.
Oppression can only survive through silence.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. One great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected.
We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.
[Detractors] are just wrong, and that’s okay. They just don’t see it yet. That’s what I would tell myself to keep those moments of doubt, only moments.
The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool.
Lawyer, n. One skilled in the circumvention of the law.
If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.
The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.
If you wish in this world to advance, your merits you’re bound to enhance; You must stir it and stump it, and blow your own trumpet, or trust me, you haven’t a chance.
Man is only man at the surface. Remove the skin, dissect, and immediately you come to machinery.
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
Reprimand not a child immediately on the offence. Wait till the irritation has been replaced by serenity.
Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose that you resolved to effect.
So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
It is not easy for men to rise whose qualities are thwarted by poverty.
I tell ya, if you want to disperse a crowd, start spittin’ on ‘em.
One of the common causes of serious difficulty takes the form of parental self-discovery. The newly adopted child brings out submerged feelings or behavior in his parents that make them dislike themselves. This can be such a severe blow to their self- esteem that they must eradicate the cause of their distress. Sometimes the only way that parents are able to do that is by returning the child.
Dangerous is wrath concealed. Hatred proclaimed doth lose its chance of wreaking vengeance.
A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air.
Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
Time for the weather report. It’s cold out folks. Bonecrushing cold. The kind of cold which will wrench the spirit out of a young man, or forge it into steel.
Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day.
There is a devilish mercy in the judge, if you’ll implore it, that will free your life, but fetter you till death.
In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.
Admonish thy friends in secret, praise them openly.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them, what would shape our lives? Perhaps, if we never veered off course, we wouldn’t fall in love or have babies or be who we are.
When you take charge of your life, there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.