To try to make men equal by altering social arrangements is like trying to make the cards of equal value by shuffling the pack.
Power and courtly influence form an intoxicating draught even when raised to the lips of an ascetic and a saint.
A well-judging man will open his trunk-line of study in such a direction that, while habitually adhering to it, he may enjoy a ready access to such other fields of knowledge as are most nearly related to it.
To try to regulate the internal affairs of a family, the relations of love or friendship, or many other things of the same sort, by law or by the coercion of public opinion, is like trying to pull an eyelash out of a man's eye with a pair of tongs. They may put out the eye, but they will never get h
Used with due abstinence, hope acts as a healthful tonic; intemperately indulged, as an enervating opiate. The visions of future triumph, which at first animate exertion, if dwelt upon too intently, will usurp the place of the stern reality; and, noble objects will be contemplated, not for their own
Wisdom may be the ultimate arbiter, but is seldom the immediate agent in human affairs.
Originally consists in thinking for yourself, and not in thinking unlike other people.
To me this question whether liberty is a good or a bad thing appears as irrational as the question whether fire is a good or a bad thing. It is both good and bad according to time, place, and circumstance, and a complete answer to the question, In what cases is liberty good and in what cases is it b
Thus hope, aided by imagination, makes one man a hero, another a somnambulist, and a third a lunatic; while it renders them all enthusiasts.
Persuasion, indeed, is a kind of force. It consists in showing a person the consequences of his actions. It is, in a word, force applied through the mind.
A liberal conservative is a man who thinks things ought to progress but would rather they remained as they are.
The things which cannot be adequately represented by words are more important than those which can.
The result of cutting [political power] up into little bits is simply that the man who can sweep the greatest number into one heap will govern the rest... In a pure democracy the ruling men will be the wirepullers and their friends; but they will no more be on an equality with the voters than soldie
Parliamentary government is simply a mild and disguised form of compulsion. We agree to try strength by counting heads instead of breaking heads, but the principle is exactly the same... The minority gives way not because it is convinced that it is wrong, but because it is convinced that it is a min
Not only are the varieties of morality innumerable, but some of them are conflicting with each other.
Each must act as he thinks best; and if he is wrong, so much the worse for him. We stand on a mountain pass in the midst of whirling snow and blinding mist through which we get glimpses now and then of paths which may be deceptive. If we stand still we shall be frozen to death. If we take the wrong
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!
Gardening is the greatest tonic and therapy a human being can have. Even if you have only a tiny piece of earth, you can create something beautiful, which we all have a great need for. If we begin by respecting plants, it's inevitable we'll respect people.
...walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
I'm half-Irish, half-Dutch, and I was born in Belgium. If I was a dog, I'd be in a hell of a mess! Audrey Hepbur
My greatest ambition is to have a career without becoming a career woman.
I realize that most of us live on the skin - on the surface - without appreciating just how wonderful it is simply to be alive at all.
It makes me self-conscious. It's because I'm known, in the limelight, that it's getting all the gravy, but if you knew, if you saw some of the people who make it possible for UNICEF to help these children survive. These are the people who do the jobs-the unknowns, whose names you will never know...I
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I never expected to be a star, never counted on it, never even wanted it. Not that I didn't enjoy it all when it happened.
As a child, I was taught that it was bad manners to bring attention to yourself, and to never, ever make a spectacle of yourself...all of which I've earned a living doing.
There is a shade of red for every woman.
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
Actually, depravity can be terribly boring if you don't smoke or drink.
When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that's when I think life is over.
I went through a period of first successes. Then there was the inevitable change: the bad newspaper articles. Some people don't care about that, but I do. I'm hurt. I feel it. I don't think I've done anything dreadful. Sometimes you do things for reasons the press doesn't know. But I'm happy to go o
For me the only things of interests are those linked to the heart
I've been lucky. Opportunities don't often come along. So, when they do, you have to grab them. Audrey Hepbur
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.