No man was ever great by imitation.
Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it – and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again – and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man’s character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours.
Dare to think for yourself.
Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.
You have set up in New York Harbor a monstrous idol which you call Liberty. The only thing that remains to complete that monument is to put on its pedestal the inscription written by Dante on the gate of hell: All hope abandon ye who enter here.
It is nobler to be good, and it is nobler to teach others to be good – and less trouble!
I know no religion that destroys courtesy, civility, and kindness.
I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
It is your concern when your neighbor’s wall is on fire.
Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
For every why he had a wherefore.
How some of the writers I come across get through their books without dying of boredom is beyond me.
Many a man’s strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.
Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.
You. too, can determine what you want. You can decide on your major objectives, targets, aims, and destination.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.”
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