Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name.
Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.
—Charles Caleb Colton
Looking back, I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.
Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning.
—George S. Patton
Every man’s memory is his private literature.
By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself: see what thy soul doth wear. Dare to look in thy chest; for ‘Tis thine own: And tumble up and down what thou findst there. Who cannot rest till he good fellows find, he breaks up house, turns out of doors his mind.
One murder makes a villain. Millions a hero.
It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
We’re all stumbling towards the light with varying degrees of grace at any given moment.
You will not find a soulmate in the quiet of your room. You must go to a noisy place and look in the quiet corners.
Being educated means to prefer the best not only to the worst but to the second best.
—William Lyon Phelps
Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.
Great men are true men, the men in whom nature has succeeded. They are not extraordinary—they are in the true order. It is the other species of men who are not what they ought to be.
—Henri Frederic Amiel
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.
A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.
—E. W. Howe
What skill of yours has given you the must success? Use it more.
Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
—Abraham Joshua Heschel
We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started … the fate of humanity is in his hands.