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People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.
Brave men are all vertebrates they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?
Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense.
Half a truth is better than no politics.
In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.
Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'
Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes.
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
The word 'good' has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.
The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden heaven is a playground.
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
The family is the test of freedom because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.
The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.
One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over... is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen.
Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
Love means to love that which is unlovable or it is no virtue at all.
I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead.
Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.