Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.
The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.
A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor.
A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.
An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.
A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come.
The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.
A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.
A man by himself is in bad company.
Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.
Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.
Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are.
Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
Children are the keys of paradise.
Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.