How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.
The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
One of the great penalties those of us who live our lives in full view of the public must pay is the loss of that most cherished birthright of man's, privacy.
Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
Forewarned, forearmed. To be prepared is half the victory.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.
Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Learn to give, whether you have plenty or little, whether you are happy or in pain.
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.
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.
If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
Gold and silver from the dead turn often into lead.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue, the art of speaking well rather than doing well; but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.