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.
It is the story that owns and directs us. It is the thing that makes us different from cattle; it is the mark on the face that sets one people apart from their neighbors.
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.
Even if you are divine, you don't disdain male consorts.
I'll always be poor in my mind.
I don't try to imagine a personal god; it suffices to stand in awe at the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.
I apologize for lying to you. I promise I won't deceive you except in matters of this sort.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
Sanity is a madness put to good uses.
There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment
Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.
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.
What's with you men? Would hair stop growing on your chest if you asked directions somewhere?
No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
Fear may come true that which one is afraid of.
The poor are prevented from thinking by the discipline of others, the rich by their own.
I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches.
No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is that in his heart which is capable of responding to it.
A lie never lives to be old.
Delay always breeds danger. To protract a great design is often to ruin it.
After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it.