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" Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage. "
" There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence. "
" I have written too much history to have faith in it; and if anyone thinks I'm wrong, I am inclined to agree with him. "
" Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world. "
" Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels. "
" I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist. "
" No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else. "
" A man must now swallow more belief than he can digest. "
" Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. "
" Power when wielded by abnormal energy is the most serious of facts. "
" Politics... have always been the systematic organization of hatreds. "
" It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own. "
" I tell you the solemn truth, that the doctrine of the Trinity is not so difficult to accept for a working proposition as any one of the axioms of physics. "
" Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education. "
" The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin. "
" He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers. "
" American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it. "
" It is always good men who do the most harm in the world. "
" Intimates are predestined. "
" The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled. "
" Every man who has at last succeeded, after long effort, in calling up the divinity which lies hidden in a woman's heart, is startled to find that he must obey the God he summoned. "
" Philosophy: Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems. "
" Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit. "
" Politics are a very unsatisfactory game. "
" Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic. "
" A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. "
" No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. "
" A friend in power is a friend lost. "
" The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by five hundred readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the five hundred, he reaches the five hundred thousand. "
" No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. "
" Susceptibility to the highest forces is the highest genius. "