Obviously, the highest type of efficiency is that which can utilize existing material to the best advantage.
Each age tries to form its own conception of the past. Each age writes the history of the past anew with reference to the conditions uppermost in its own time.
All those authors there, most of whom of course I’ve never met. That’s the poetry side, that’s the prose side, that’s the fishing and miscellaneous behind me. You get an affection for books that you’ve enjoyed.
To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition.
But you’d have a job to find many of my poems which would seem to be very influenced by a particular person.
Loyal and efficient work in a great cause, even though it may not be immediately recognized, ultimately bears fruit.
When I was a teacher, teachers would come into my classroom and admire my desk on which lay nothing whatever, whereas theirs were heaped with papers and books.
A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.
If I wrote a play with four characters every single one of them would talk like me regardless of age or sex.
You don’t change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.