Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness.
I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of imagination.
The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness, and the thousand bitters which those men I speak of must necessarily taste in going over the following pages.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves--and find nothing! Therefore they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either.
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.
A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today--and in fact we have forgotten.
The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy--"Dear Jack, Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide."
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
I was the seventh of nine children. When you come from that far down you have to struggle to survive.
Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house.
Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speech by something outside himself--like, for instance, he can't find any clean socks.
(topic: men and women)
You don't seem to realize that a poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy. Because the poor person has hope. He thinks money would help.
The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.
At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.
A religion true to its natures must also be concerned about man's social conditions. Religion deals with both earth and heaven, both time and eternity. Religion operates not only on the vertical plane but also on the horizontal. It seeks not only to integrate men with God but to integrate men with men and each man with himself.
Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault.
Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.
This is a formidable enemy. To dismiss it as a bunch of 'cowards' perpetuating 'senseless acts of violence' is complacent nonsense. People willing to kill thousands of innocents while they kill themselves are not cowards. They are deadly vicious warriors and need to be treated as such.
(topic: september 2001 attacks)
Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it makes us vain, in fact, of our modesty.