If everybody was satisfied with himself there would be no heroes.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Kings cannot ennoble thee, thou good, great soul, for One who is higher than kings hath done that for thee; but a king can confirm thy nobility to men.
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.
It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago-she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he'd learned in seven years.
Ignorance, intolerance, egotism, self-assertion, opaque perception, dense and pitiful chuckle headedness - and an almost pathetic unconsciousness of it all, that is what I was at nineteen and twenty.
George Washington, as a boy, was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie.
Temperate temperance is best; intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between a lightning bug and the lightning.
A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words in a book or a newspaper the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt.
Diligence is a good thing, but taking things easy is much more - restful.
Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
The lie, as a virtue, a principle, is eternal; the lie, as a recreation, a solace, a refuge in time of need, the fourth Grace, the tenth Muse, man's best and surest friend is immortal.
Half of the results of a good intentions are evil; half the results of an evil intention are good.