Gloom and solemnity are entirely out of place in even the most rigorous study of an art originally intended to make glad the heart of man.
We Americans are the best informed people on earth as to the events of the last twenty-four hours; we are the not the best informed as the events of the last sixty centuries.
To me, it was shocking that a government of men could look with such extreme contempt on a movement that was asking nothing except such a simple little thing as the right to vote.
The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.
Literature is news that stays news.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.
If man asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous.
Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases, think for yourself.