The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.
I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest.
I believe that every man has in his soul a passion for treasure-hunting, which will often drive a coward into prodigies of valour.
That is the supreme value of history. The study of it is the best guarantee against repeating it.
There may be peace without joy, and joy without peace, but the two combined make happiness.
It's a great life, if you don't weaken,
We can pay our debts to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.
And where the deepest current crawls/ Like thistledown the dainty fly falls./ Then from the depths a silver gleam/ Quick flashes, like a jewel bright./ Up through the waters of the stream/ An instant visible to sight/ As lightning cleaves to sombre sky/ A rainbow rises to the fly.
Civilisation is a conspiracy.
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
I wondered whether the scientific modern brain could not get to the stage of realising that Space is not an empty homogeneous medium, but full of intricate differences, intelligible and real, though not with our common reality.
The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.
Without humility there can be no humanity.
He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply.
Peace is that state in which fear of any kind is unknown.
To live for a time close to great minds is the best kind of education.
History gives us a kind of chart, and we dare not surrender even a small rushlight in the darkness. The hasty reformer who does not remember the past will find himself condemned to repeat it.
A fool tries to look different: a clever man looks the same and is different.
Bethink you of the blessedness. Every wife is like the Mother of God and has the hope of bearing a saviour of mankind.
The true definition of a snob is one who craves for what separates men rather than for what unites them.
Civilization is a conspiracy. Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
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.
I believe everything out of the common. The only thing to distrust is the normal.
You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilization from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass. A touch here, a push there, and you bring back the reign of Saturn.
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