The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.
My whole working philosophy is that the only stable happiness for mankind is that it shall live married in blessed union to woman-kind - intimacy, physical and psychical between a man and his wife. I wish to add that my state of bliss is by no means perfect.
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude tolive after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowdkeeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection. No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it.
We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.
The cruelest thing a man can do to a woman is to portray her as perfection.
That a man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.
I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
No single man can be taken as a model for a perfect figure, for no man lives on earth who is endowed with the whole of beauty.
Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him.
Whenever a man makes haste, God too hastens with him.
Men's fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever.
The man who runs may fight again.
To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task.
Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.
Conscience is God present in man.
One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his greatest surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't.
For Debussy the musician and the man I have had profound admiration, but by nature I'm different from him. I think I have always personally followed a direction opposed to that of the symbolism of Debussy.
Thought: Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
The biological task of science is to provide the fully developed human individual with as perfect a means of orientating himself as possible. No other scientific ideal can be realised, and any other must be meaningless.
When a man says that he approves something in principal, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of putting it in practice.