The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies.
There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.
Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic.
The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by five hundred readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the five hundred, he reaches the five hundred thousand.
Susceptibility to the highest forces is the highest genius.
I tell you the solemn truth, that the doctrine of the Trinity is not so difficult to accept for a working proposition as any one of the axioms of physics.
Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.