The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.
How much easier is self-sacrifice than self-realization!
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
Perhaps our originality manifests itself most strikingly in what we do with that which we did not originate. To discover something wholly new can be a matter of chance, of idle tinkering, or even of the chronic dissatisfaction of the untalented.
It is loneliness that makes the loudest noise. This is true of men as of dogs.
Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect.
It is the individual only who is timeless. Societies, cultures, and civilizations --past and present --are often incomprehensible to outsiders, but the individual's hungers, anxieties, dreams, and preoccupations have remained unchanged through the millennia.
Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy -- the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.
Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.
A man by himself is in bad company.
It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.
Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.
Retribution often means that we eventually do to ourselves what we have done unto others.
Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end results of.