Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.
Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.
The negative aspects of Scottish Nationalism are a kind of aggressive complacency, that sort of boasting; but that’s an expression of insecurity, I think, of a lack of confidence.
People have always found me challenging – I don’t know why, when I am only being myself. I don’t understand why they find me so annoying but they do. It is pity, but that is how it is.
If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.
Human Nature is the only science of man; and yet has been hitherto the most neglected.
No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.
Break any problem into, or make any changes in, small increments.
A willing heart adds feather to the heel.