There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.
Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
Dwelling upon the self too much produces terrible fatigue. A man in that position is deaf and blind to everything else. The fatigue itself makes him cease to see the marvels all around.
I could not understand how it could move under its own power. And when it had driven past me, without even thinking why I found myself chasing it down the road, as hard as I could run.
The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small.
I would rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent than in the extent of my powers and dominion.
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own.
Conscience is a man's compass.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
He who has great power should use it lightly.
You don't have to fear defeat if you believe it may reveal powers that you didn't know you possessed.
Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
Two thousand years ago, we lived in a world of Gods and Goddesses. Today, we live in a world solely of Gods. Women in most cultures have been stripped of their spiritual power.
Artists like Bach and Beethoven erected churches and temples on the heights. I only wanted... to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy and at home.
Master of the universe but not of myself, I am the only rebel against my absolute power.
When the weather changes, nobody believes the laws of physics have changed. Similarly, I don't believe that when the stock market goes into terrible gyrations its rules have changed.
The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.
There is nothing more poetic and terrible than the skyscrapers' battle with the heavens that cover them.
The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.
Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.
Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not within everyone's power and that is not easy.
The threshold has its guardians - gods and spirits who forbid entrance both to human enemies and to demons and the powers of pestilence.