Circumstances form the character; but like petrifying waters they harden while they form.
* Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne.
* Robert G. Ingersoll
It is wonderful what strength and boldness of purpose and energy will come from the feeling that we are in the way of duty.
* John Foster Dulles
A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often he has no opportunity to exercise judgment.
* Harvey Samuel Firestone
In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.
* William McKinley
Let us show, not merely in great crises, but in every day affairs of life, qualities of practical intelligence, of hardihood and endurance, and above all, the power of devotion to a lofty ideal.
* Theodore Roosevelt
True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.
* E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
The arbitrary rule of a just and enlightened prince is always bad. His virtues are the most dangerous and the surest form of seduction: they lull a people imperceptibly into the habit of loving, respecting, and serving his successor, whoever that successor may be, no matter how wicked or stupid.
* Denis Diderot