You give me nothing during your life, but you promise to provide for me at your death. If you are not a fool, you know what I wish for!
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
I know that two and two make four – and should be glad to prove it too if I could – though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 and 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure.
I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
I’m a good scholar when it comes to reading but a blotting kind of writer when you give me a pen.
Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.
Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score; Then to that twenty, add a hundred more: A thousand to that hundred: so kiss on, To make that thousand up a million. Treble that million, and when that is done, Let’s kiss afresh, as when we first begun.
I was working as a secretary in Manchester and thought I would always do that. Then I got this letter offering me a two-year fellowship where I could write; they would pay me a salary and give me a flat to live in. It was heaven.