Balancing hopes, desires and an appreciating of the possibilities with a clear-eyed assessment of the limitations: that is the art of choosing.
Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.
I could wear makeup today, and one person would say it looks bland, another would say it looks fake, and another might tell me I look really natural. Everyone is convinced their opinion is the truth, and that’s what I struggle against.
Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.
I’m a great believer in the idea of not choosing based on our taste.
Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.
First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.
Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion.
Time is not a line, but a series of now-points.
Life hands us a lot of hard choices, and other people can help us more than we might realize. We often think we should make important decisions using just our own internal resources. What are the pros and cons? What does my gut tell me? But often we have friends and family who know us in ways we don’t know ourselves.