For all your days be prepared, and meet them ever alike. When you are the anvil, bear – when you are the hammer, strike.
You may feel overwhelmed by your own poverty and the labors of the day. But if you decide not to wait until you have more strength and more money, and if you pray for the Holy Spirit as you go, you will, when you arrive, know what to do and how to help someone even poorer than you are.
I don’t think you can define how you acquire your imagination any more than you can define why one person has a sense of humor and another doesn’t. But I certainly would lean to the side that says all those solitary hours of daydreaming were a kind of training for poetry.
If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and manly thoughts, seek for no other test of its excellence. It is good, and made by a good workman.
When your first marriage goes into tragedy, you become very battle-scarred… I even thought of suicide. Luckily, I had known some happy marriages.
It is a sign that your reputation is small and sinking if your own tongue must praise you.
You have your ideology and I have mine.
Attend me, hold me in your muscular flowering arms, protect me from throwing any part of myself away.