The trouble with military rule is that every colonel or general is soon full of ambition. The navy takes over today and the army tomorrow.
If it rained knowledge, I'd hold out my hand; but I would not give myself the trouble to go in quest of it.
Lust for fame and fortune is like an intoxication. While a man is intoxicated, he doesn’t realize it. It’s only after it is all over that he realizes that everything is like an illusion. If men could realize this all the time, there would be much less trouble on earth, and there would be much happier people too.
Better never trouble until trouble troubles you. For you only make your trouble double trouble when you do. And your trouble like a bubble that you’re troubling about may be nothing but a cipher with the rim rubbed out.
[Learning] must never be imposed as a Task, nor made a Trouble to them. There may be Dice and Playthings with the Letters on them to teach Children the Alphabet by playing; and twenty other Ways may be found, suitable to their particular Tempers, to make this kind of Learning a Sport to them.
We are obliged to love one another. We are not strictly bound to 'like' one another. Love governs the will: 'liking' is a matter of sense and sensibility. Nevertheless, if we really love others it will not be too hard to like them also. If we wait for some people to become agreeable or attractive before we begin to love them, we will never begin. If we are content to give them a cold impersonal 'charity' that is merely a matter of obligation, we will not trouble to understand them or to sympathize with them at all. And in that case we will not really love them, because love implies an efficacious will not only to do good to others exteriorly but also to find some good in them to which we can respond.
One ceases to be a child when one realizes that telling one’s trouble does not make it any better.
The trouble with many men is that they have got just enough religion to make them miserable. If there is not joy in religion, you have got a leak in your religion.
Nothing is too much trouble for love.
The act of writing is an act of optimism; you would not take the trouble to do it if you felt that it didn't matter.
It seems to be a constant throughout history: In every period, people believed things that were just ridiculous, and believed them so strongly that you would have gotten in terrible trouble for saying otherwise. Is our time any different? To anyone who has read any amount of history, the answer is almost certainly no. It would be a remarkable coincidence if ours were the first era to get everything just right. It's tantalizing to think we believe things that people in the future will find ridiculous. What would someone coming back to visit us in a time machine have to be careful not to say?
Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.
The trouble is that everyone talks about reforming others, and no one thinks about reforming himself.
The real price of everything, what everything really costs to the man who wants to acquire it, is the toil and trouble of acquiring it.
The real price of every thing… is the toil and trouble of acquiring it.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
All of mans’ trouble stems from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
Most of man's trouble comes from his inability to be still.
Doubt is the vestibule which all must pass before they can enter the temple of wisdom. When we are in doubt and puzzle out the truth by our own exertions, we have gained something that will stay by us and will serve us again. But if to avoid the trouble of the search we avail ourselves of the superior information of a friend, such knowledge will not remain with us; we have not bought, but borrowed it.
A gentleman takes as much trouble to discover what is right as the lesser man take to discover what will pay.