American Writer, Printer, Publisher and Philosopher
"A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness."
"All success consists in this: you are doing something for somebody - benefiting humanity - and the feeling of success comes from the consciousness of this."
"All noise is waste. So cultivate quietness in your speech, in your thoughts, in your emotions. Speak habitually low. Wait for attention and then your low words will be charged with dynamite."
"Be yourself and think for yourself; and while your conclusions may not be infallible they will be nearer right than the conclusions forced upon you by those who have a personal interest in keeping you in ignorance."
"Culture is only culture when the owner is not aware of its existence. Capture culture, hog-tie it, and clap your brand upon it, and you find the shock has killed the thing you loved. You can brand a steer, but you cannot brand deer."
"If pleasures are the greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of troubles."
"It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test."
"Love goes to those who are deserving - not to those who set snares for it and who lie in wait. The life of strife and contest never wins."
"Learn from your mistakes, but don't cry over them. We best redeem the past by forgetting it."
"Strong men can always afford to be gentle. Only the weak are intent on "giving as good as they get.""
"There is no failure except in no longer trying... The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it."
"The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge."
"Thinkers help other people to think, for they formulate what others are thinking. No person writes or thinks alone; thought is in the air but its expression is necessary to create a tangible spirit of the times."
"A few conquer by fighting, but it is well to remember that more battles are won by submitting."