Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them.
The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.
From my close observation of writers... they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.
Man has no greater enemy than himself.
But whoever gives birth to useless children, what would you say of him except that he has bred sorrows for himself, and furnishes laughter for his enemies.
The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.
Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
'Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.
I worked hard and made my own way, just as my father had. And just, I'm sure, as he hoped I would. I learned, from observing him, the satisfaction that comes from striving and seeing a dream fulfilled.
I have no friends and no enemies - only competitors.
The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.
Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses, - for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it - not in a set way and ostentatiously, though, but incidentally and without premeditation.
My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
For what the horse does under compulsion, as Simon also observes, is done without understanding; and there is no beauty in it either, any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer.
It is best to do things systematically, since we are only human, and disorder is our worst enemy.
A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Let my enemies devour each other.
Every observed change of place is caused by a motion of either the observed object or the observer or, of course, by an unequal displacement of each.
The chief enemy of creativity is "good" sense.
Enemies' gifts are no gifts and do no good.
We cannot create observers by saying 'observe,' but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.
The Public - a thing I cannot help looking upon as an enemy, and which I cannot address without feelings of hostility.
I have only ever made one prayer to God, a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.