A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.
He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
You will never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid of.
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not an example.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Between persons of equal income there is no social distinction except the distinction of merit. Money is nothing: character, conduct, and capacity are everything. There would be great people and ordinary people and little people, but the great would always be those who had done great things, and never the idiots whose mothers had spoiled them and whose fathers had left them a hundred thousand a year; and the little would be persons of small minds and mean characters, and not poor persons who had never had a chance. That is why idiots are always in favor of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the really great in favor of equality.
Suppose the world were only one of God’s jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular.