I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest.
We can pay our debt to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.
To live for a time close to great minds is the best kind of education.
Without humility there can be no humanity
But some love not the method of your first; Romance they count it, throw't away as dust; If I should meet with such, what should I say; Must I slight them as they slight me, or nay?
We can pay our debts to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves
Peace is that state in which fear of any kind is unknown.
I am an ordinary sort of fellow, not braver than other people, but I hate to see a good man downed, and that long knife would not be the end of Scudder if I could play the game in his place.
The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
I get into a tearing passion about something I know very little about, and when I learn more my passion ebbs away.
You may hear people say that submarines have done away with the battleship, and that aircraft have annulled the mastery of the sea. That is what our pessimists say. But do you imagine that the clumsy submarine or the fragile aeroplane is really the last word of science?
Civilization is a conspiracy. Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
Public life is regarded as the crown of a career, and to young men it is the worthiest ambition. Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure.
This crowded world of Space was perfectly real to him. How he had got to it I do not know. Perhaps his mind, dwelling constantly on the problem, had unsealed some atrophied cell and restored the old instinct. Anyhow, he was living his daily life with a foot in each world.
I was a peaceful sedentary man, a lover of a quiet life, with no appetite for perils and commotions. But I was beginning to realise that I was very obstinate.