I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.
People think I'm a miserable sod but it's only because I get asked such bloody miserable questions.
Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.
The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that... and all the glory of it.
Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.
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.
My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.
A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.
A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.
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.
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.
A friend doesn't go on a diet because you are fat.
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.
I am not now That which I have been.
All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.
All honor's wounds are self-inflicted.
Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.