Give me a mystery – just a plain and simple one – a mystery which is diffidence and silence, a slim little bare-foot mystery: give me a mystery – just one!
I shall try and effect all that is before me to perform; and God, I think, will surely give me strength for His work so long as He directs my line of duty.
I think what I was after was a unifying story that could bring everything together, that could give me a sense of the whole of history.
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.