For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.
I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief… For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.
Each of us has a very rich nature and can look at things objectively, from a distance, and at the same time can have something more personal to say about them. I am trying to look at the world, and at myself, from many different points of view. I think many poets have this duality.
In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time.
Once the public loses confidence in a president’s leadership at a time of war, once they don’t trust him anymore, once his credibility is sharply diminished, how does he get it back?
Time! Joyless emblem of the greed of millions, robber of the best which earth can give.
For a long time, it was believed that war was waged by armies which could not be identified with the nation itself. Professional soldiers took upon themselves the job of defending national interests, and it was understood that the war affected only them; the country itself went on living and working.
I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.
In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure.