That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it
Yet the true friend of the people should see that they be not too poor, for extreme povery lowers the character of the democracy; measures therefore should be taken which will give them lasting prosperity; and as this is equally the interest of all classes, the proceeds of the public revenues should
The soul is the cause or source of the living body. The terms cause and source have many senses. But the soul is the cause of its body alike in all three senses which we explicitly recognize. It is (a) the source or origin of movement, it is (b) the end, it is (c) the essence of the whole living bod
Talent is culture with insolence.
Education and morals make the good man, the good statesman, the good ruler.
Today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those to whom you can give it easily, but also to those who need it so much.
Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. Arist
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotl
Of actions some aim at what is necessary and useful, and some at what is honorable. And the preference given to one or the other class of actions must necessarily be like the preference given to one or other part of the soul and its actions over the other; there must be war for the sake of peace, bu
Each life makes its own immitation of immortality.
When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When youâ€™re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.
Rationalism is the idea that we can ever understand anything about the state of being. It's a deathtrip. It always has been. . . . And if rationalism is a deathtrip, then irrationalism might very well be a lifetrip . . . at least until it proves otherwise.
But still, sometimes, in the heart of winter when the light outside seemed yellow- sleepy, like a cat curled up on a sofa...
Anything with the power to make you laugh over thirty years later isnâ€™t a waste of time. I think something like that is very close to immortality.
Everyone needs a hobby, he said. And everyone needs a miracle or two, just to prove life is more than just one long trudge from the cradle to the grave.
She looks like the type that might freak out. It's something in the eyes, Frannie. It says if you shoot my sacred cows, I'll shoot yours.
...practice is invaluable... honesty is indispensable...
The devil's voice is sweet to hear.
...women are better at keeping secrets, but men are more comfortable with them.
Kindle, isnâ€™t it?â€ the waitress asked. â€œI got one for Christmas, and I love it. Iâ€™m reading my way through all of Jodi Picoultâ€™s books.â€ â€œOh, probably not all of them,â€ Wesley said. â€œHuh? Why not?â€ â€œSheâ€™s probably got another one done already. Thatâ€™s all I meant.â€ â€œAnd James
Life is fair. We all get the same nine-month shake in the box, and then the dice roll. Some people get a run of sevens. Some people, unfortunately, get snake-eyes. Its just how the world is.
Might as well try to drink the ocean with a spoon as argue with a lover.
Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting hap
I wasn't a social drinker. I used to say that I didn't want to go to bars because they were full of assholes like me.
You want to remember that while you're judging the book, the book is also judging you.
He needs to be corrected, if you don't mind me saying so. He needs a good talking-to, and perhaps a bit more. My own girls, sir, didn't care for the Overlook at first. One of them actually stole a pack of my matches and tried to burn it down. I corrected them. I corrected them most harshly. And when
You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or despair ... Come to it any way but lightly.
The Overlook was still not done with him. Written on the mirror, not in lipstick but in blood, was a single word: REDRUM
Of course when you were running with the bottom dogs, what you mostly saw were paws, claws, and assholes.