At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.
Probably people always feel that they are living in a time of transition, but we can hardly be mistaken perhaps in thinking that this is an era of particularly momentous change, rapid and proceeding at an ever quickening rate.
We often have to put up with most from those on whom we most depend.
We have lived through the flood time of fascism and of the nazism which ran its meteoric course at a cost to mankind in suffering and waste beyond all computation.
Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.
Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.