We combat obstacles in order to get repose, and when got, the repose is insupportable.
The capacity of women to make unsuitable marriages must be considered as the cornerstone of society.
It is now conceded that all idea of British intervention is at an end... I want to hug the army of the Potomac. I want to get the whole army of Vicksburg drunk at my own expense. I want to fight some small man and lick him.
Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
A friend in power is a friend lost.
Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.
Morality is a private and costly luxury.
I would rather starve and rot and keep the privilege of speaking the truth as I see it, than of holding all the offices that capital has to give from the presidency down.
Unity is vision; it must have been part of the process of learning to see.
Society is immoral and immortal; it can afford to commit any kind of folly, and indulge in any sort of vice; it cannot be killed, and the fragments that survive can always laugh at the dead.
Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.
The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.
Friends are born, not made.
My belief is that science is to wreck us, and that we are like monkeys monkeying with a loaded shell; we don't in the least know or care where our practically infinite energies come from or will bring us to.
[Adams] supposed that, except musicians, everyone thought Beethoven a bore, as every one except mathematicians thought mathematics a bore.
I firmly believe, that before many centuries more, science will be the master of man. The engines he will have invented will be beyond his strength to control. Someday, science shall have the existence of mankind in its power, and the human race commit suicide by blowing up the world.
Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world.
All experience is an arch, to build upon.
Every syllable that can be struck out is pure profit, and every page that can be economised is a five-per-cent dividend. Nature rebels against this rule; the flesh is weak, and shrinks from the scissors; I groan in retrospect over the weak.
That the American, by temperament, worked to excess, was true; work and whiskey were his stimulants; work was a form of vice; but he never cared much for money or power after he earned them.
American art, like the American language and American education, was as far as possible sexless.
During an election campaign the air is full of speeches and vice versa.
The work of internal government has become the task of controlling the thousands of fifth-rate men.
The new American, like the new European, was the servant of the powerhouse, as the European of the twelfth century was the servant of the Church.
The photograph is a coarse fraud, and seems to delight only in taking the whole beauty out of the picture.
The social side of Washington was to be taken for granted as three-fourths of existence. Politics and reform became the detail, and waltzing the profession
At the utmost, the active-minded young man should ask of his teacher only mastery of his tools. The young man himself, the subject of education, is a certain form of energy; the object to be gained is economy of his force; the training is partly the clearing away of obstacles, partly the direct application of effort. Once acquired, the tools and models may be thrown away.
Politics, as a practise, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
The philosopher says-I am, and the church scouts his philosophy. She answers:-No! you are NOT, you have no existence of your own. You were and are and ever will be only a part of the supreme I AM, of which the church is the emblem.
I am fairly tired-bored beyond endurance-by the world we live in, and its ideals, and am ready to say so, not violently, but kindly, as one rubs salt into the back of a flogged sailor as though one loved him.
As for America, it is the ideal fruit of all your youthful hopes and reforms. Everybody is fairly decent, respectable, domestic, bourgeois, middle-class, and tiresome. There is absolutely nothing to revile except that it's a bore.
History will die if not irritated. The only service I can do to my profession is to serve as a flea.
Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
A parent gives life, but as parent, gives no more. A murderer takes life, but his deed stops there. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
The chief wonder of education is that it does not ruin everybody concerned in it, teachers and taught.
He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.