Poor is the power of the lead that becomes bullets compared to the power of the hot metal that becomes types.
I did not know what it was to be happy for a whole day at a time, scarcely for an hour.
I encountered among my comrades the most varied human traits, from frankness to reserve, from goodness, uprightness and kindness, to brutality and baseness.
But I did not find any positive inspiration in my studies until I approached my nineteenth year.
The war imbued my tin soldiers with quite a new interest. It was impossible to have boxes enough of them.
That a literature in our time is living is shown in that way that it debates problems.
Being gifted needs courage.
He who does not understand a joke, he does not understand Danish.
I admired in others the strength that I lacked myself.
I became an ardent, but never a specially good, dancer.
But when I was twelve years old I caught my first strong glimpse of one of the fundamental forces of existence, whose votary I was destined to be for life - namely, Beauty.
But my doubt would not be overcome. Kierkegaard had declared that it was only to the consciousness of sin that Christianity was not horror or madness. For me it was sometimes both.
Any feeling that I was enriching my mind from those surrounding me was unfortunately rare with me.
Among the delights of Summer were picnics to the woods.
Birth was something that came quite unexpectedly, and afterwards there was one child more in the house.
It is useless to send armies against ideas.
The appalling thing about war is that it kills all love of truth.
Dostoevsky preaches the morality of the pariah, the morality of the slave.
I came into the world two months too soon, I was in such a hurry.
The stream of time sweeps away errors, and leaves the truth for the inheritance of humanity....
My first experiences of academic friendship made me smile in after years when I looked back on them. But my circle of acquaintances had gradually grown so large that it was only natural new friendships should grow out of it.
When I was a little boy I did not, of course, trouble much about my appearance.
School is a foretaste of life.
Just about this time, when in imagination I was so great a warrior, I had good use in real life for more strength, as I was no longer taken to school by the nurse, but instead had myself to protect my brother, two years my junior.
The person upon whom the schoolboys' attention centred was, of course, the Headmaster.
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