The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors on your head.
First a warning, musical; then the hour, irrevocable. The leaden circles dissolved in the air.
I have found that most of the things I want from living I must get from people.
If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals.
Reading nurtures the soul, and an enlightened friend brings it solace.
Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance.
James B. Connant
I think my securities far outweigh my insecurities. I am not nearly as afraid of myself and my imagination as I used to be.
There are just as many stories to be told in the dark spots s there are in the bright ones.
Chance can allow you to accomplish a goal every once in a while, but consistent achievement happens only if you love what you are doing.
My wife has to be the worst cook. Her specialty is indigestion.
My goal in sailing isn't to be brilliant or flashy in individual races, just to be consistent over the long run.
Life is like a hand of cards. You have to play the hand you're dealt, you can't win by folding, and sometimes you must take chances in order to win.
I have always hated that damn James Bond. I'd like to kill him.
Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith. For without fear of the devil there is no need for God.
"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."
Questions focus our thinking. Ask empowering questions like: What's good about this? What's not perfect about it yet? What am I going to do next time? How can I do this and have fun doing it?
Just as it is true that a stream cannot rise above its source, so it is true that a national literature cannot rise above the moral level of the social conditions of the people from whom it derives its inspiration.
They say miracles are past.
Without the power of the Industrial Union behind it, Democracy can only enter the State as the victim enters the gullet of the Serpent.
Tennis can be a grind and there's always the danger of going stale if you think about it too much. You can get embittered if you train too hard and have nothing else on your mind. You have to be able to relax between matches and between tournaments.
I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
Throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people we most despise.
Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure, treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible.
I like a bit of a mongrel myself, whether it's a man or a dog; they're the best for every day.
George Bernard Shaw
New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there. Spill your guts at Wimbledon and they make you stop and clean it up.
I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of everybody.
The historian's job is to aggrandize, promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent.
In the old dramas it was love that had to be sacrificed to painful duty. In the modern instance the sacrifice is at the shrine of what William James called the Bitch Goddess, Success. Love is to be abandoned for the stern pursuit of newspaper notoriety and dollars.
Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness
Seneca (Seneca the Elder)
It is right to give every man his due.
The foremost art of kings is the ability to endure hatred.
He is a king who fears nothing, he is a king who desires nothing!
It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.
I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.
No one is laughable who laughs at himself.
He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule.
That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned.
If you inquire what the people are like here, I must answer, The same as everywhere!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.
The approach of liberty makes even an old man brave.
Ardor, n. The quality that distinguishes love without knowledge.
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