Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.
I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
Every drunken skipper trusts to Providence. But one of the ways of Providence with drunken skippers is to run them on the rocks.
Make money and the whole nation will conspire to call you a gentleman.
In a stupid nation the man of genius becomes a god : everybody worships him and nobody does his will.