For me to rehearse with a children's orchestra a Mahler symphony was to really work. We had three or four weeks of rehearsal with the orchestra, every day eight or nine hours, putting the First together. I had been conducting Tchaikovsky a lot and Beethoven, but Mahler was different.

A fool who, after plain warning, persists in dosing himself with dangerous drugs should be free to do so, for his death is a benefit to the race in general.

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.

Before a man speaks it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks, it is seldom necessary to assume it.

If I had my way no man guilty of golf would be eligible to any office of trust or profit under the United States, and all female athletes would be shipped to the white-slave corrals of the Argentine.

In any combat between a rogue and a fool the sympathy of mankind is always with the rogue.

You have to fit in sometimes to make people comfortable to listen to you.

Much smoke, and little roast.

Not all truths are proper to be told.

Of this world each man has as much as he takes.

That which doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.

The best way to conquer or control a group of people is by encouraging them to fight among themselves rather than allowing them to unite in opposition to the ruling authority.

The buckets take to fighting with the well, and get their heads broken.

The eye of the master fattens the horse.

The poor is hated by his neighbor, but the rich hath many friends.

Trouble shared is trouble halved.

Two women and a goose make a market.

Voice of one, voice of none.

War makes robbers, and peace hangs them.

Water, smoke, and a vicious woman, drive men out of the house.