People don’t believe or understand that a community can lose hope. You can have a whole community where hopelessness is the norm, where folks don’t have faith that things will get better because history and circumstances have proven over 30, 40, or 50 years that things don’t get better.
A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
You should not take a fellow eight years old and make him swear to never kiss the girls.
These years of the Ecole Normale were an ordeal. Nothing was handed to me on the first try.
A child is owed the greatest respect; if you have ever have something disgraceful in mind, don’t ignore your son’s tender years.
The mental capacity of a person to make reasonable contracts, is the only criterion, by which to determine his legal capacity to make obligatory contracts. And his mental capacity to make reasonable contracts is certainly not to be determined by the fact that he is, or is not, twenty-one years of age.
I don’t want to wait 20 or 50 years for something to be done about petrochemical pollution.
Grant me thirty years of equal division of inheritances and a free press, and I will provide you with a republic.
I didn’t learn how to read until I was at the end of fifth grade and 11 years old and held back.
When I heard that there were artists, I wished I could some time be one. If I could only make a rose bloom on paper, I thought I should be happy! Or if I could at last succeed in drawing the outline of winter-stripped boughs as I saw them against the sky, it seemed to me that I should be willing to spend years in trying.