We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
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.
To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.
Men's fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever.
There is no greater evil for men than the constraint of fortune.
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce.
You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don't seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic.
As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can.
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.
To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.
That all who have ever been born men from the beginning of creation, and are deceased, are either in heaven or in hell, follows from those things which have been said and shown in the preceding article, namely, that Heaven and Hell are from the human race.
Men should be either treated generously or destroyed, because they take revenge for slight injuries - for heavy ones they cannot.
When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers, man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man.
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns.
Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do.