It is a singular fact that many men of action incline to the theory of fatalism, while the greater part of men of thought believe in a divine providence.
Discouragement is of all ages: In youth it is a presentiment, in old age a remembrance.
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are.
Believe everything you hear said of the world; nothing is too impossibly bad.
In time a profession is like a marriage, we cease to note anything but its inconveniences.
God is the poet, men are but the actors.
Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
All human power is a compound of time and patience.
To provoke laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.