For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, they arrive at their conclusions—largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none; but sometimes in a smoking room, one learns why things were done.
Topics: Science, Scientists
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: you’ll be a Man, my son.
Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face,
tho’ they come from the ends of the earth!
Topics: Man, Racism
All the money in the world is no use to a man or his country if he spends it as fast as he makes it. All he has left is his bills and the reputation for being a fool.
God gives all men all earth to love, but since man’s heart is small, ordains for each one spot shall prove beloved over all.
There rise her timeless capitals of empires daily born,
Whose plinths are laid at midnight and whose streets are packed at morn;
And here come tired youths and maids that feign to love or sin
In tones like rusty razor blades to tunes like smitten tin.
The female of the species is more deadly than the male.
When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains, and the women come out to cut up what remains, jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains and go to your gawd like a soldier.
Topics: The Military, Navy, Army
If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs, and blaming you… . The world will be yours and everything in it, what’s more, you’ll be a man, my son.
I have eaten your bread and salt.
I have drunk your water and wine.
The deaths ye died I have watched beside
And the lives ye led were mine.
The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool!
What you do when you don’t have to determines what you will be when you can no longer help it.
More men are killed by overwork than the importance of the world justifies.
‘Til we are built like angels, with hammer, and chisel, and pen, we will work for ourselves and a woman, for ever and ever, Amen.
Everyone is more or less mad on one point.
If you can keep you head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you. If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; You’ll be a man, my son.
Savings represent much more than mere money value. They are the proof that the saver is worth something in himself. Any fool can waste; any fool can muddle; but it takes something more of a man to save and the more he saves the more of a man he makes of himself. Waste and extravagance unsettle a man’s mind for every crisis; thrift, which means some form of self-restraint, steadies it.
All we have of freedom—all we use or know—this our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.
If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied.
Never praise a sister to a sister in the hope of your compliments reaching he proper ears.
If I was damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’mine.
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master; If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat these two imposters just the same; You’ll be a man my son.
Teach us Delight in simple things,
And Mirth that has no bitter springs.
You may have noticed that many religious people are deeply suspicious. They seem
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- J. K. Rowling English Novelist
- C. S. Lewis Irish-born Author, Scholar
- Mary Wollstonecraft English Writer, Feminist
- Doris Lessing British Novelist, Poet
- H. G. Wells English Novelist, Historian
- A. A. Milne British Humorist, Children’s Writer
- Russell Hoban American Author
- Winston Churchill British Head of State
- Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell Founder of the Boy Scouts
- Shel Silverstein American Cartoonist, Author