The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself.
We must believe that it is the darkest before the dawn of a beautiful new world. We will see it when we believe it.
One said of suicide, As long as one has brains one should not blow them out. And another answered, But when one has ceased to have them, too often one cannot.
A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
The word majesty was now dropped; but, with the deepest respect and humility, I was addressed as the count. What could I do? I accepted the title, and from that moment I was known as Count Peter.
The mood in which my book was conceived and executed, was in fact to some extent a passing one.
If the ends don’t justify the means, what does?
When the children were very small, I worked in the morning only, and then gradually, as they spent full days at school, I could spend full days at work.
No ashes are lighter than those of incense, and few things burn out sooner.