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.
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.
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,
I believe that every man has in his soul a passion for treasure-hunting, which will often drive a coward into prodigies of valour.
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.
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.
You see only the productions of second-rate folk who are in a hurry to get wealth and fame. The true knowledge, the deadly knowledge, is still kept secret. But, believe me, my friend, it is there.
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.
Wise men never grow up; indeed, they grow younger, for they lose the appalling worldly wisdom of youth.
I believe everything out of the common. The only thing to distrust is the normal.
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.
Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.
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.
The book trade is a spiritual barometer of a nations well-being.
[W]ithout humour you cannot run a sweetie-shop, let alone a nation.
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.
He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply.
Without humility there can be no humanity.
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