The tongues of conscience need a conscience of their own to keep them from speaking before they know what they are talking about.
No conscience which is a palimpsest of the consciences of others is a safe guide.
The rare individual who has learned to govern himself is too fed up with the labor of it to want to govern anybody else.
The way to get the most out of a victory is to follow it with another that makes it look small.
Ugly facts are a challenge to beautify them.
A soul which is truly in earnest is not above disabling the body to discourage dangerous competition.
Tradition supplants inspiration with the warmed-over article.
Discontent follows ambition like a shadow.
If we exiled our sins, our virtues would get lonely without their old sparring partners.
Proud souls in the true sense are never humbled by adversity.
If someone offers to furnish a sure test, ask what the test was which made the sure test sure.
Symbols have a trick of stealing the show away from the thing they stand for.
Normal is the wrong name often used for average.
Twenty is in hot haste to become a year older and cast its first vote, which Forty will know was cast like the legendary pearls.