English Statesman, Novelist, Twice British Prime Minister
"No conjunction can possibly occur, however fearful, however tremendous it may appear, from which a man by his own energy may not extricate himself."
"The press is not only free; it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy. It was not granted by monarchs, it was not gained for us by aristocracies; but it sprang from the people, and, with an immortal instinct, it has always worked for people."
"Without tact you can learn nothing. Tact teaches you when to be silent. Inquirers who are always inquiring never learn anything."
"A great city whose image dwells on the memory of man is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; faith hovers over Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world-art."
"Whenever you see a man who is successful in society, try to discover what makes him pleasing, and if possible adopt his system."
"As men advance in life, all passions resolve themselves in money. Love, ambition, even poetry, end in this."
"A man’s fate is his own temper; and according to that will be his opinion as to the particular manner in which the course of events is regulated. A consistent man believes in destiny, an capricious man in chance."
"I do not believe such a quality as chance exists. Every incident that happens must be a link in a chain."
"Patriotism depends as much on mutual suffering as on mutual success; and it is by that experience of all fortunes and all feelings that a great national character is created."
"That youthful fervor, which is sometimes called enthusiasm, but which is a heat of imagination subsequently discovered to be inconsistent with the experience of actual life."
"Self-love is a principle of action; but among no class of human beings has nature so profusely distributed this principle of life and action as through the whole sensitive family of genius."
"The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do."
"Proverbs were anterior to books, and formed the wisdom of the vulgar, and in the earliest ages were the unwritten laws of morality."
"Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage."
"Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination."
"Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of man. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter."