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.
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.
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.
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.
Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile.
The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.
The proper study of mankind is woman.
The best thing we can do if we want the Russians to let us be Americans is to let the Russians be Russian.