The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish.
It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
A word does not frighten the man who, in acting, feels no fear.
A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
The man who runs may fight again.
If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.
The man who has planned badly, if fortune is on his side, may have had a stroke of luck; but his plan was a bad one nonetheless.
Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
It has always been my belief that a man should do his best, regardless of how much he receives for his services, or the number of people he may be serving or the class of people served.
All the idols made by man, however terrifying they may be, are in point of fact subordinate to him, and that is why he will always have it in his power to destroy them.
Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe, or where it will end. There is not a piece of science, but its flank may be turned to-morrow; there is not any literary reputation, not the so-called eternal names of fame, that may not be revised and condemned. The very hopes of man, the thoughts of his heart, the religion of nations, the manners and morals of mankind, are all at the mercy of a new generalization. Generalization is always a new influx of the divinity into the mind. Hence the thrill that attends it.
A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.
Words impress me. If a man can speak eloquently and beautifully to me, I just melt on the floor.
O! many a shaft, at random sent, Finds mark the archer little meant! And many a word, at random spoken, May soothe or wound a heart that's broken!
A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.
Content is a word unknown to life; it is also a word unknown to man.
Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.
When man becomes reconciled to nature, when space becomes his true background, these words and concepts will have lost their meaning, and we will no longer have to use them.
Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.
The man who has the will to undergo all labor may win to any good.