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.
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
I do not argue with obstinate men. I act in spite of them.
The two offices of memory are collection and distribution.
Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway.
Central banks don't have divine wisdom. They try to do the best analysis they can and must be prepared to stand or fall by the quality of that analysis.
I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure, unless built upon truth and justice; therefore, I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects.
Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.
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.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.
The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.
Humility is attentive patience.
Once you label me you negate me.
When you get to a certain age, there is no coming back.