A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
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.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.
The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching.
One's only rival is one's own potentialities. One's only failure is failing to live up to one's own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king.
He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
In the increasingly convincing darkness the words become palpable, like a fruit that is too beautiful to eat.
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.
Young heads take example of the ancient.
There is no real ending. It's just the place where you stop the story.
Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
As long as we believe in absurdities we shall continue to commit atrocities.
In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.
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.
Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
What is to give light must endure burning.