History is the most aristocratic of all literary pursuits, because it obliges the historian to be rich as well as educated.
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.
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.
Accident counts for much in companionship, in marriage.
American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
Power is poison. It’s effect on Presidents had always been tragic.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
Topics: Friends and Friendship, Friendship
The Indian summer of life should be a little sunny and sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone-but never hustled.
Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.
Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces. The men become every year more and more creatures of force, massed about central powerhouses. The conflict is no longer between the men, but between the motors that drive the men, and the men tend to succumb to their own motive forces.
In the one branch he most needed
History will die if not irritated. The only service I can do to my profession is to serve as a flea.
At best, the renewal of broken relations is a nervous matter.
Man is an imperceptible atom always trying to become one with God.
In plain words, Chaos was the law of nature Order was the dream of man.
A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.
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