Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort.
The truth is, my folk-lore friends and my Saturday Reviewer differ with me on the important problem of the origin of folk-tales. They think that a tale probably originated where it was found.
The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events.
History not used is nothing, for all intellectual life is action, like practical life, and if you don’t use the stuff well, it might as well be dead.
Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.
I have nothing revolutionary or even novel to offer.
I’ve learned any fool can write a bad ad, but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.
The argument that capitalism was dependent on slavery is, of course, not new. In 1944, Eric Williams, in ‘Capitalism and Slavery,’ made the case.
The disaster at the Bay of Pigs intensified Kennedy’s doubts about listening to advisers from the CIA, the Pentagon, or the State Department who had misled him or allowed him to accept lousy advice.
Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.