No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
At best, the renewal of broken relations is a nervous matter.
Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.
Politics, as a practise, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
It is impossible to underrate human intelligence – beginning with one’s own.
Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
Only on the edge of the grave can man conclude anything.
The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.