When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator
Charity ... is the opium of the privileged.
A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
The cure for boredom is curiosity.There is no cure for curiosity.
Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
The poor are prevented from thinking by the discipline of others, the rich by their own.
It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.
It is wonderful when you don't have the fear, and a lot of the time I don't ... I focus on what needs to be done instead.
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.
Moonlight is sculpture.
If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be.
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
I can see in your eyes, I can see in your faces, I can see you cry. But what I want to say, there's no reason to cry. Do not, in the name of peace, go in the streets and riot.
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.
You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.
Everything beautiful has a mark of eternity.