A man’s face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man’s thoughts and aspirations.
We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.
Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
Many a man renounces morals, but with great difficulty the conception, ‘morality.’ Morality is the ‘idea’ of morals, their intellectual power, their power over the conscience; on the other hand, morals are too material to rule the mind, and do not fetter an ‘intellectual’ man, a so-called independent, a ‘freethinker.’
It’s all right to hesitate if you then go ahead.
Every complete man has his genius. True virtue is genius.
Doubt grows with knowledge.
Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be carved.