There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.
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.
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
True valor lies between cowardice and rashness.
A good liar must have a good memory.
He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.
Passion goes, Boredom remains.
What's with you men? Would hair stop growing on your chest if you asked directions somewhere?
Rich men's houses are seldom beautiful, rarely comfortable, and never original. It is a constant source of surprise to people of moderate means to observe how little a big fortune contributes to Beauty.
Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
I have only ever read one book in my life, and that is White Fang. It's so frightfully good I've never bothered to read another.
I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.
What do you despise? By this are you truly known.
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
If information and knowledge are central to democracy, they are the conditions for development.
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
Modesty and conscientiousness receive their reward only in novels. In life they are exploited and then shoved aside.
Our greatest foes - and whom we must chiefly combat - are within.
The word 'good' has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.