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.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines.
But there is only one thing which gathers people into seditious commotion, and that is oppression
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.
To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.
We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Those who hammer their guns into plows, will plow for those who do not.
Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our deeds.
No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.
A lie never lives to be old.
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.
He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.
Advice to intellectuals: let no-one represent you.
Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.
The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.
But some emotions don't make a lot of noise. It's hard to hear pride. Caring is real faint - like a heartbeat. And pure love why, some days it's so quiet, you don't even know it's there.
The gift of words is the gift of deception and illusion.
You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.
Go on, get out. Last words are for fools who haven't said enough.
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.