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.
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.
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.
I believe that every man has in his soul a passion for treasure-hunting, which will often drive a coward into prodigies of valour.
It's a great life, if you don't weaken,
I would be content with any job, however thankless, in any quarter, however remote, if I had the chance of making a corner of the desert blossom and a solitary place glad.
We can pay our debts to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.
I believe everything out of the common. The only thing to distrust is the normal.
He who would valiant be against all disaster; let him in constancy follow the Master. There's no discouragement shall make him once relent; his first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.
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 vows we take in the holy place bind us till we are purged of them at Inanda's Kraal. Till then no blood must be shed and no flesh eaten. It was the fashion of our forefathers.
Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.
The book trade is a spiritual barometer of a nations well-being.
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
The robe of flesh wears thin, and with the years God shines through all things.
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.
Civilisation is a conspiracy.
Without humility there can be no humanity.
Peace is that state in which fear of any kind is unknown.
He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply.
Civilisation needs more than the law to hold it together. You see, all mankind are not equally willing to accept as divine justice what is called human law.
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?
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