Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy, attributable to the same causes as the freedom.
The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life, is the more likely to assert itself in trifles.
The chief misery of the decline of the faculties, and a main cause of the irritability that often goes with it, is evidently the isolation, the lack of customary appreciation and influence, which only the rarest tact and thoughtfulness on the part of others can alleviate.
To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
As social beings we live with our eyes upon our reflection, but have no assurance of the tranquillity of the waters in which we see it.
Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God.
We are ashamed to seem evasive in the presence of a straightforward man, cowardly in the presence of a brave one, gross in the eyes of a refined one, and so on. We always imagine, and in imagining share, the judgments of the other mind.
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood. The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide.
A strange and somewhat impassive physiognomy is often, perhaps, an advantage to an orator, or leader of any sort, because it helps to fix the eye and fascinate the mind.
Last Update: 5 February 2023
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