Great men undertake great things because they are great; fools, because they think them easy.
Culture is what your butcher would have if he were a surgeon.
The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.
Optimism is an intellectual choice.
People should tell their children what life is all about-it's about work.
Of two evils, choose the less.
Never get married in the morning, because you never know who you'll meet that night.
The world is more exacting than God himself.
Once in Persia reigned a king Who upon his signet ring Graved a maxim true and wise, Which if held before the eyes Gave him counsel at a glance Fit for every change and chance. Solemn words, and these are they: "Even this shall pass away."
Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing.
Ask yourself the secret of your success. Listen to your answer, and practice it.
Shakespeare has had neither equal nor second.
Many people have the ambition to succeed; they may even have a special aptitude for their job. And yet they do not move ahead. Why? Perhaps they think that since they can master the job, there is no need to master themselves.
Let us not forget that the greatest composers were also the greatest thieves. They stole from everyone and everywhere.
The soul is awakened through service.
Let me make the newspapers, and I care not what is preached in the pulpit or what is enacted in Congress.
There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false reptile prudence, the result, not of caution, but of fear.
If you want to be loved, be lovable.
Courage does not always march to airs blown by a bugle, it is not always wrought out of the fabric ostentation wears.
Fear is an insidious virus. Given a breeding place in our minds ... it will eat away our spirit and block the forward path of our endeavors.