When we speak of the commerce with our colonies, fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.
Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping.
A. W. Hare
No one but a fool is always right.
Some people carry their heart in their head and some carry their head in their heart. The trick is to keep them apart yet working together.
Nothing is further than earth from heaven, and nothing is nearer than heaven to earth.
To those whose God is honor; only disgrace is a sin.
Weak minds sink under prosperity as well as adversity; but strong and deep ones have two high tides.
The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose; the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry.
Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.
Sudden resolutions, like the sudden rise of mercury in a barometer, indicate little else than the variability of the weather.
Strength was the virtue of paganism; obedience is the virtue of Christianity.
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
The theatre is the best way of showing the gap between what is said and what is seen to be done, and that is why, ragged and gap-toothed as it is, it has still a far healthier potential than some poorer, abandoned arts.
Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail.
Purity is the feminine, truth the masculine of honor.
In oratory the will must predominate.
Children always turn to the light.
The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.
The greatest truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest men.
J. C. Hare
Never put much confidence in such, as put no confidence in others. A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his neighbor for what he sees in himself. As to the pure all things are pure, even so to the impure all things are impure.
The puritan through life's sweet garden goes to pluck the thorn and cast away the rose.
A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
We mean by politics the people's business -- the most important business there is.
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.
Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely.
In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.
It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.
I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
I sometimes marvel at the extraordinary docility with which Americans submit to speeches.
The relationship of the toastmaster to the speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.
I would rather be guilty of talking over a person's head than behind his back.
On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.
Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.
Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.
We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.
The whole basis of the United Nations is the right of all nations--great or small--to have weight, to have a vote, to be attended to, to be a part of the twentieth century.
Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be.
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
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