The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.
When we build, let us think that we build for ever.
They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame.
Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others.
It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.
He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason.
Mountains are to the rest of the body of the earth, what violent muscular action is to the body of man. The muscles and tendons of its anatomy are, in the mountain, brought out with force and convulsive energy, full of expression, passion, and strength.
Their manners are more gentle, kind, than of our generation you shall find.
Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.
I had a very funny family.
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts -- the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories.
One of the things I was taught in law school is that I'd never be able to think the same again - that being a lawyer is something that's part of who I am as an individual now.
Of all the things that oppress me, this sense of the evil working of nature herself --my disgust at her barbarity --clumsiness --darkness --bitter mockery of herself --is the most desolating.
I don't know. I think it's funny! I think it's funny! I go, what? It's so absurd. I'm alone.
The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man.
Obey something, and you will have a chance to learn what is best to obey. But if you begin by obeying nothing, you will end by obeying the devil and all his invited friends.
And here you see me working out, as cheerfully and thankfully as I may, my doom of sharing in the glass a constant change of customers, and of lying down and rising up with the skeleton allotted to me for my mortal companion.
In old times men used their powers of painting to show the objects of faith, in later times they use the objects of faith to show their powers of painting.
You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil.
I feel the older I get, the more I'm learning to handle life. Being on this quest for a long time, it's all about finding yourself.
One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
People are eternally divided into two classes, the believer, builder, and praiser, and the unbeliever, destroyer and critic.
My family isn't really all that different from anyone else's. Well, maybe they're a bit more entertaining.
No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.
I preach there are all kinds of truth, your truth and somebody else's. But behind all of them there is only one truth and that is that there's no truth.
The last act crowns the play.
What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.
I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face.
no people can be both ignorant and free.
Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.
Poetry is man's rebellion against being what he is.
James Branch Cabell
Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
If you have issues with family, friends, and people at work, try and solve these issues head on so you can move on and concentrate on having the life you want.
But every acquisition that is disproportionate to the labor spent on it is dishonest.
In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.
Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.
What is the cheapest to you now is likely to be the dearest to you in the end.
It is his restraint that is honorable to a person, not their liberty.
Let me start with Yahoo. As we meet today, a Chinese citizen who had the courage to speak his mind on the Internet is in prison because Yahoo chose to share his name and address with the Chinese Government.
Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride.
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