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: Friendship, Friends and Friendship
In plain words, Chaos was the law of nature Order was the dream of man.
You say that love is nonsense….I tell you it is no such thing. For weeks and months it is a steady physical pain, an ache about the heart, never leaving one, by night or by day; a long strain on one’s nerves like toothache or rheumatism, not intolerable at any one instant, but exhausting by its steady drain on the strength.
Power is poison. It’s effect on Presidents had always been tragic.
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.
Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents has been always tragic, chiefly as an almost indecent excitement at first, and a worse reaction afterwards; but also because no mind is so well balanced as to bear the strain of seizing unlimited force without habit or knowledge of it; and finding it disputed with him by hungry packs of wolves and hounds whose lives depend on snatching the carion.
He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.
A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.
Accident counts for much in companionship, in marriage.
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.
At best, the renewal of broken relations is a nervous matter.
American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.
History will die if not irritated. The only service I can do to my profession is to serve as a flea.
Man is an imperceptible atom always trying to become one with God.
The chief wonder of education is that it does not ruin everybody concerned in it, teachers and taught.
There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
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