A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.
Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.
The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.
It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.
Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.
It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence.
Children are the keys of paradise.
An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
We feel free when we escape - even if it be but from the frying pan to the fire.
There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.
A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.
There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.
A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.
Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything.
A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor.
We have rudiments of reverence for the human body, but we consider as nothing the rape of the human mind.
The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
Call not that man wretched, who whatever ills he suffers, has a child to love.