We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people, who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything.
It's not the work which kills people, it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction.
The most dangerous people are the ignorant.
The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.
The common schools are the stomachs of the country in which all people that come to us are assimilated within a generation. When a lion eats an ox, the lion does not become an ox but the ox becomes a lion.