An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.
I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
Give up trying to make me give up
Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands
To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.
Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.
After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it.
We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
Rich men's houses are seldom beautiful, rarely comfortable, and never original. It is a constant source of surprise to people of moderate means to observe how little a big fortune contributes to Beauty.
Will and intellect are one and the same thing.
There are no good girls gone wrong - just bad girls found out.
Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.
You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want.
If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
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.
Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.
An intellectual is a man who doesn't know how to park a bike.
It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.
Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.
I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.