"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."
The females of all species are most dangerous when they appear to retreat.
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out
For those who govern, the first thing required is indifference to newspapers.
"Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end. You must have faith that the Universe will unfold as it should"
First the man takes a drink. Then the drink takes a drink. Then the drink takes the man.
It's a great kindness to trust people with a secret. They feel so important while telling it.
I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays - let them overtake me unexpectedly - waking up some find morning and suddenly saying to myself: "Why, this is Christmas Day!"
Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
There is no more fatal blunder than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be;
My works are like water. The works of the great masters are like wine. But everybody drinks water. - from his private notebook, 1885
It is with words as with sunbeams -- the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.