You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, grub.
Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.
If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people's opinions will rush in from all quarters.
Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered animals, how can we expect any ideal living conditions on this earth?
Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.
We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be.
It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me.
Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
All my life affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.
The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.
Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open.
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