Start with the belief that your life can indeed be changed, and that you have the power to change it.
The notion that the colonel need be a better man than the private is as confused as the notion that the keystone need be stronger than the coping stone.
The American white relegates the black to the rank of shoeshine boy; and he concludes from this that the black is good for nothing but shining shoes.
German and Spanish are accessible to foreigners: English is not accessible even to Englishmen.
The wheels are turning, but the hamsters are all dead. Make it idiot-proof and someone will make a better idiot. I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig, you get dirty; and besides, the pig likes it.
My situation is a solemn one: life is offered to me on the condition of eating beefsteaks. But death is better than cannibalism. My will contains directions for my funeral, which will be followed, not by mourning coaches, but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of live
Instruction in sex is as important as instruction in food; yet not only are our adolescents not taught the physiology of sex, but never warned that the strongest sexual attraction may exist between persons so incompatible in tastes and capacities that they could not endure living together for a week
You have to choose between trusting to the natural stability of gold and the natural stability of the honesty and intelligence of the members of the government. And, with due respect to these gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, to vote for gold.
Don't think you can frighten me by telling me that I am alone. France is alone. God is alone. And the loneliness of God is His strength.
The road to ignorance is paved with good editors.
A day's work is a day's work, neither more nor less, and the man or woman who does it needs a day's sustenance, a night's repose and due leisure, whether they be painter or ploughman.
Indifference is the essence of inhumanity.
Deep knowledge is not knowledge of the thing itself, but knowledge of a thing like the thing. Then, you gain not one knowledge, but two knowledges. Of the thing. And of the original thing with is like the thing. Which is the barbarism of the privileged class.
The most sublime courage I have ever witnessed has been among that class too poor to know they possessed it, and too humble for the world to discover it.
It is the first duty of every man not to be poor.
To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching.
No sooner had Jesus knocked over the dragon of superstition than Paul boldly set it on its legs again in the name of Jesus.
Reason enslaves all whose minds are not strong enough to master her.
Political necessities sometime turn out to be political mistakes.
It's a dangerous thing to be married right up to the hilt, like my daughter's husband. The man is at home all day, like a damned soul in hell.
You may well ask me why...I took the time to write [books]. I can only reply that I do not know. There was no why about it. I had to: that was all.
If I bind the future I bind my will. If I bind my will I strangle creation.
Get out of my way; for I won't stop for you.
We are sick of war, we don't want to fight, And yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead.
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
A man's behaviour may be quite harmless and even beneficial, when he ismorally behaving like a scoundrel. And he may do great harm when he is morally acting on the highest principles.
A miracle, my friend, is an event which creates faith.
You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
If you cannot attain knowledge without torturing a dog, you must do without knowledge.
Of all the damnable waste of human life that ever was invented, clerking is the worst.