A crank is someone with a new idea – until it catches on.
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The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
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Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the old well-known air through innumerable variations.
If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth.
What quarrel, what harshness, what unbelief in each other can subsist in the presence of a great calamity, when all the artificial vesture of our life is gone, and we are all one with each other in primitive mortal needs?
If anyone were to ask me what I want out of life I would say- the opportunity for doing something useful, for in no other way, I am convinced, can true happiness be attained.
I know of no such unquestionable badge and ensign of a sovereign mind as that of tenacity of purpose.
The Jews generally give value. They make you pay; but they deliver the goods. In my experience the men who want something for nothing are invariably Christians.
The true artist has the planet for his pedestal; the adventurer, after years of strife, has nothing broader than his shoes.
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.