As a rule it is circumstances that make men.
Human life is the only thing that takes care of itself.
Pure politics is merely the calculus of combinations and of chances.
The affairs of war, like the destiny of battles, as well as empires, hang upon a spiders thread.
One must learn to forgive and not to hold a hostile, bitter attitude of mind, which offends those about us and prevents us from enjoying ourselves. One must recognize human shortcomings and adjust himself to them rather than to be constantly finding fault with them.