The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
Protestants in France are under intolerable despotism. Although open persecution does not now exist, yet it depends upon the whim of the king, queen, parliament, or any of the ministry.
It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, ‘Go away, I’m looking for the truth,’ and so it goes away. Puzzling.
The good fortune of America is closely tied to the good fortune of all humanity.
People are all at sixes and sevens with each other. They’re always quarreling. They never somehow resolve anything.
I am able to say that I was very much liked at the school. I even had quite some ascendancy over my comrades, and as soon as I appeared in the school yard, I was surrounded by young friends, most of them bigger than I, but who were quite willing to give the appearance of disciples; they would have defended me furiously if necessary.
The American women are very pretty and have great simplicity of character, and the extreme neatness of their appearance is truly delightful: cleanliness is everywhere even more studiously attended to here than in England.
To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.
The state has physical power and uses it when necessary; the power of religion is love and beneficence.
Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.