The only thing he ought to consider, if he does anything, is whether he does right or wrong, whether it is what a good man does or a bad man.
It is right that he too should have his little chronicle, his memories, his reason, and be able to recognize the good in the bad, the bad in the worst, and so grow gently old down all the unchanging days, and die one day like any other day, only shorter.
All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'
Never worry about bad press: All that matters is if they spell your name right.
Women should stop going for the bad guys, stop looking so far when the good ones are right there.
Thence, I suppose, my natural disposition to make fresh acquaintances, and to break with them so readily, although always for a good reason, and never through mere fickleness.
I know why we can't have a frank discussion with our policymakers - if you're in the government or in law enforcement you cannot acknowledge that drugs are anything but inherently evil and morally wrong.
It is evident that an acquaintance with natural laws means no less than an acquaintance with the mind of God therein expressed.
If it looks good, you'll see it. If it sounds good, you'll hear it. If it's marketed right, you'll buy it. But... if it's real, you'll feel it.
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
It is always far easier to have faith in your own goodness than to confront others and fight for your rights.
Nature is seldom in the wrong, custom always.
To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.
When I'm good I'm very, very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better.
A portion of mankind take pride in their vices and pursue their purpose; many more waver between doing what is right and complying with what is wrong.
The new spirituality will step away from dogma, will step away from 'We're right and you're wrong.'
There are neither good nor bad subjects. From the point of view of pure Art, you could almost establish it as an axiom that the subject is irrelevant, style itself being an absolute manner of seeing things.
I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.
There is indeed a certain sense of gratification when we do a good deed that gives us inward satisfaction,and a generous pride that accompanies a good conscience... These testimonies of a good conscience are pleasant; and such a natural pleasure isvery beneficial to us; it is the only payment that can never fail.
It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.
The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised.