How strange a thing like that happens to a man. He dabbles in something and does not realise that it is his life.
Young leading cadres have risen up by helicopter. They should really rise step by step.
Malice is only another name for mediocrity.
Seek truth from facts.
The very concept of history implies the scholar and the reader. Without a generation of civilized people to study history, to preserve its records, to absorb its lessons and relate them to its own problems, history, too, would lose its meaning.
There is nothing as dead and as damned as an important thing. The things that really matter are casual, insignificant little things.
In its truest manifestation, where it gives judgments, poetry is super-luxury. It would be interesting to see what would happen to a High Court judge if he were forced to follow the true poetic formula, doing the job for love, being forced into pubs for relief.
If your mind is empty, it is ready for anything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.
When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything.
The best thing we can do if we want the Russians to let us be Americans is to let the Russians be Russian.