Quotes and Quotations
Men naturally despise those who court them, but respect those who do not give way to them.
To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.
We bless your simplicity but do not envy your folly.
Do nothing which is of no use.
Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.
I am all for titillating trivialities. I am all for the epic touch. I could almost say that everything in Time should be either titillating or epic or starkly, supercurtly factual.
The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.
You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.
We must march against the enemy, and teach him that he must go and get what he wants by attacking someone who will not resist him, but that men whose glory it is to be always ready to give battle for the liberty of their own country, and never unjustly to enslave that of others, will not let him go without a struggle.
Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.
What are the needs of the world? What can I do that won't be done if I don't do it?
What we have to do now is not to forget these people and places when all the cameras are not there. I think that's the most important message I can say to the American people right now.
If you give way, you will instantly have to meet some greater demand, as having been frightened into obedience in the first instance; while a firm refusal will make them clearly understand that they must treat you more as equals.
People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
You win battles by knowing the enemy's timing, and using a timing which the enemy does not expect.
To see, and to show, is the mission now undertaken by Life.
Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.
There are men who can write poetry, and there are men who can read balance sheets. The men who can read balance sheets cannot write.
I am bound to tell what I am told, but not in every case to believe it.
Force has no place where there is need of skill.
If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.
Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt. - Men willingly believe what they wish.
Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.
I had rather be first in a village than second at Rome.
I can never consent to being dictated to.
Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.
If the tide of defamation and abuse shall turn, and my administration come to be praised, future Vice-Presidents who may succeed to the Presidency may feel some slight encouragement to pursue an independent course.
Popularity, I have always thought, may aptly be compared to a coquette - the more you woo her, the more apt is she to elude your embrace.
You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.
You know, if I were a single man, I might ask that mummy out. That's a good-looking mummy.
Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
Veni, vidi, vici. - I came, I saw, I conquered.
Though we march to the music of our time, our mission is timeless
Let it be henceforth proclaimed to the world that man's conscience was created free; that he is no longer accountable to his fellow man for his religious opinions, being responsible therefore only to his God.
Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.
Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior. Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.
Time should make enemies and Life should make friends.
Alea iacta est. - The die is cast.
The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do.
In 1840 I was called from my farm to undertake the administration of public affairs and I foresaw that I was called to a bed of thorns.