Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.
Susceptibility to the highest forces is the highest genius.
The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim's sympathies.
The press is the hired agent of a monied system, and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where their interests are involved. One can trust nobody and nothing.
The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.
There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
They know enough who know how to learn.
A friend in power is a friend lost.
A teacher affects eternity he can never tell, where his influence stops.
Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.
All experience is an arch, to build upon.
American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.
Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
Friends are born, not made.
He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.
It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.
Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.
No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else.
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.