How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
The traditional ways were wrongly disowned by Christianity - in hindsight, medicine men were not demons but very important counsellors in the community.
Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.
Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it's perhaps far more terrible than it's ever been.
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 can bear any pain as long as it has meaning.
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.
Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway.
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
Any non-commissioned officer is more of an enemy to a recruit, any schoolmaster to a pupil, then they are if they were free.
Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
If you've got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.
Television is chewing gum for the eyes.
I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.
I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.
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.
The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.
Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.
Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.