Keep things at arm's length... If you let anything come too near you want to hold on to it. And there is nothing a man can hold on to.
The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
That which costs little is less valued.
No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
A good goal is like a strenuous exercise - it makes you stretch.
It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.
There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.
I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.
Jests that give pains are not jests.
All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with your life is the direct result of your thoughts.
Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.
A stale article, if you dip it in a good, warm, sunny smile, will go off better than a fresh one that you've scowled upon.
I'll always be poor in my mind.
The American people should be made aware of the trend toward monopolization of the great public information vehicles and the concentration of more and more power over public opinion in fewer and fewer hands.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.
Genius is sorrow's child.