To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.
All great peoples are conservative.
Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man.
Happy the people whose annals are vacant.
A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.
Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.
I’m William Wallace, and the rest of you will be spared. Go back to England and tell them… Scotland is free!