Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.
The assertion that "all men are created equal" was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.
The Moon! Artemis! the great goddess of the splendid past of men! Are you going to tell me she is a dead lump?
However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
As great as kings may be, they are what we are: they can err like other men.
Fishes live in the sea, as men do on land: the great ones eat up the little ones.
Success comes from taking the initiative and following up... persisting... eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.
It's like the riddle of the Sphinx... why are there so many great unmarried women, and no great unmarried men?
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it.
My errors will point to thinking men the various roads, and will teach them the great art of treading on the brink of the precipice without falling into it.
These heroes of finance are like beads on a string; when one slips off, all the rest follow.
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.
Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars.
That is the great distinction between the sexes. Men see objects, women see the relationships between objects.
A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.
The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.
Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet's job. The rest is literature.
I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men.
Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.
Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.
Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories but it takes brave men and women to win them.
Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest.