Convictions no doubt have to be modified or expanded to meet changing conditions but... to be a reliable political leader sooner or later your anchors must hold fast where other men's drag.
Haunted from my early youth by the transitoriness and pathos of life, I was aware that it is not enough to say 'I am doing no harm,' I ought to be testing myself daily, and asking myself what I am really achieving.
It is always dangerous to generalize, but the American people, while infinitely generous, are a hard and strong race and, but for the few cemeteries I have seen, I am inclined to think they never die.
It is easier to influence strong than weak characters in life.
Rumor is untraceable, incalculable, and infectious.
She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake.
The Almighty is a wonderful handicapper: He will not give us everything.
The ingrained idea that, because there is no king and they despise titles, the Americans are a free people is pathetically untrue... There is a perpetual interference with personal liberty over there that would not be tolerated in England for a week.
The power to love what is purely abstract is given to few.
There are some people that you cannot change, you must either swallow them whole or leave them alone.
There is nothing more perplexing in life than to know at what point you should surrender your intellect to your faith.
Till I see money spent on the betterment of man instead of on his idleness and destruction, I shall not believe in any perfect form of government...
Too much brilliance has its disadvantages, and misplaced wit may raise a laugh, but often beheads a topic of profound interest.
What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it.
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