It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us.
I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
Success needs no explanation. Failure does not have one that matters.
How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage, you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all.
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
He who must expend his life to prolong life cannot enjoy it, and he who is still seeking for his life does not have it and can as little enjoy it.
A nation that does not stand for its children does not stand for anything and will not stand tall in the future.
It’s hard for anyone intelligent to be nonviolent. Everything in the universe does something when you start playing with his life, except the American Negro. He lays down and says, ‘Beat me, daddy.’
Man loves liberty, even if he does not know that he loves it. He is driven by it and flees from where it does not exist.
Every man should follow the bent of his nature in art and letters, always provided that he does not offend against the rules of morality and good taste.