One of the most arrogant undertakings, to my mind, is to write the biography of a man which pretends to go beyond external facts and gives the inmost motives. One of the most mendacious is autobiography.
I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.
The absence of effective State, and, especially, national, restraint upon unfair money-getting has tended to create a small class of enormously wealthy and economically powerful men, whose chief object is to hold and increase their power. The prime need to is to change the conditions which enable these men to accumulate power which it is not for the general welfare that they should hold or exercise.
Poetry, therefore, we will call Musical Thought.
It is not wisdom alone but public confidence in that wisdom which can support an administration.
The morals spoil more easily they recover.
You are convinced by experience that very few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought.
O credulity, thou hast as many ears as fame has tongues, open to every sound of truth as of falsehood.
God has so framed us as to make freedom of choice and action the very basis of all moral improvement, and all our faculties, mental and moral, resent and revolt against the idea of coercion.
The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune.
The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her.