A hypocrite is a person who – but who isn’t?
We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people.
A sequel is an admission that you’ve been reduced to imitating yourself.
It takes all sorts of people to make the underworld.
The trouble with the public is that there is too much of it; what we need in public is less quantity and more quality.
There is hardly a pioneer’s hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin.
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.