There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
My room for books and study or for sitting and thinking about nothing in particular to see what would happen was at the end of a hall.
If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
The day I entered St Columb’s College, my parents bought me a Conway Stewart pen. It was a special afternoon, of course. We were going to be parting that evening; they were aware of it, I was aware of it, nothing much was said about it.
There are two men in Tolstoy. He is a mystic and he is also a realist. He is addicted to the practice of a pietism that for all its sincerity is nothing if not vague and sentimental; and he is the most acute and dispassionate of observers, the most profound and earnest student of character and emotion.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
Travel in all the four quarters of the earth, yet you will find nothing anywhere. Whatever there is, is only here.
The real Jack Johnson was both more and less than those who loved or those who hated him ever knew. He embodied American individualism in its purest form; nothing – no law or custom, no person white or black, male or female – could keep him for long from whatever he wanted.
You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also.
And if these be unprincipled agents who scruple at nothing, he will be a bold man who will deny that there are always to be found men at the bar who lend their services most cordially to back and support these agents in their most desperate cases.