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.
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.
The robe of flesh wears thin, and with the years God shines through all things.
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.
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.
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.
Civilisation is a conspiracy.
The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
Peace is that state in which fear of any kind is unknown.
Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.
He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply.
Without humility there can be no humanity.
London is like the tropical bush -- if you don't exercise constant care the jungle, in the shape of the slums, will break in.
But some love not the method of your first; Romance they count it, throw't away as dust; If I should meet with such, what should I say; Must I slight them as they slight me, or nay
In our modern world we have seen inaugurated the reign of a dull bourgeois rationalism, which finds some inadequate reason for all things in heaven and earth and makes a god of its own infallibility.
Leadership is only courage and wisdom, and a great carefulness of self.
To see what is right and not to do it is cowardice. It is never a question of who is right but what is right.
Any large-scale organization must lose some of the merits of its rudimentary beginnings. Quantity will have a coarsening effect on quality.
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