Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity; yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage.
The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes them a mother which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician.
If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?
The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, I was wrong.
We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until... we have stopped saying It got lost, and say I lost it.
The most important thing in an argument, next to being right, is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent, so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without too much apparent loss of face.
Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.
An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.
The beauty of spacing children many years apart lies in the fact that parents have time to learn the mistakes that were made with the older ones - which permits them to make exactly the opposite mistakes with the younger ones.
The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
Many a secret that cannot be pried out by curiosity can be drawn out by indifference.
Happiness is a direction, not a place.
When I hear somebody sigh, Life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what?
The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.