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.
There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
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.
Man is an imperceptible atom always trying to become one with God.
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
All experience is an arch, to build upon.
Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else.
Only on the edge of the grave can man conclude anything.
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.
Philosophy: Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.
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.
American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
The American President resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek.
The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.
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.
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.
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.
Power when wielded by abnormal energy is the most serious of facts.