I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of congress; but I repeat myself.
What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.
To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
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We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.
Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose.
Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.
No man really knows about other human beings.
The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self, but what you feel when you're older, I think, is that you really must make the self.
In America any boy may become President, and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes.
It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
I suppose some editors are failed writers; but so are most writers.
You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes I suppose.
Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player.
Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.
Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.
Nothing can be more contemptible than to suppose Public Records to be true.
I suppose I have a highly developed capacity for self-delusion, so it's no problem for me to believe that I'm somebody else.
The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
This is the foundation of all. We are not to imagine or suppose, but to discover, what nature does or may be made to do.
Marks on paper are free -- free speech -- press -- pictures all go together I suppose.
After all, life hasn't much to offer except youth and I suppose for older people the love of youth in others.
"Old times" never come back and I suppose it's just as well.
What comes back is a new morning every day in the year, and that's better.
I suppose all writers worry about the well running dry.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet one perfect limousine, do you suppose? Ah no, it's always just my luck to get one perfect rose.
I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
Losing faith in your own singularity is the start of wisdom, I suppose;
also the first announcement of death.
Lawyers I suppose were children once.
How, then, can the rights of three men exceed the rights of two men? In what possible way can the rights of three men absorb the rights of two men, and make them as if they had never existed. . . . It is not possible to suppose, without absurdity, than a man should have no rights over his own body and mind, and yet have a 1/10,000,000th share in unlimited rights over all other bodies and minds?
Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad.
But the greatest part of mankind float between vice and virtue.
I suppose I'm proudest of my novels for what's imagined in them.
I think the world of my imagination is a richer and more interesting place than my personal biography.
When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can.
I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws.
They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print.
Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know - and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance.
I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person's life is the affect they have on others.
Every time you work, you have to do it all over again, to rid yourself of this dross. I suppose for a person who is not an artist or not attempting art, it is not dross, because it is the common exchange of everyday life.
I suppose I learned organization from Altman.
I suppose for a very long time I've been trying to understand how it is that people might make sense out of their lives and make meaning and make their lives meaningful in the face of the trouble that life brings.
Put yourself in Hamlet's shoes. Suppose you were a prince, and you came back from college to discover that your uncle had murdered your father and married your mother, and you fell in love with a beautiful girl and mistakenly murdered her father, and then she went crazy and drowned herself. What would you do? Go back for a masters?
Theres the Kings Messenger. Hes in prison now, being punished: and the trial doesnt begin until next Wednesday: and of course the crime comes last of all. Suppose he never commits the crime? said Alice. That would be all the better, wouldnt it? the Queen said.
The question Whether one generation of men has a right to bind another, seems never to have been started either on this or our side of the water. I set out on this ground, which I suppose to be self evident, that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living: that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it.
Gentlemen, suppose all the property you were worth was in gold, and you had put it in the hands of Blondin to carry across the Niagara River on a rope, would you shake the cable, or keep shouting out to himBlondin, stand up a little straighterBlondin, stoop a little morego a little fasterlean a little more to the northlean a little more to the south? No, you would hold your breath as well as your tongue, and keep your hands off until he was safe over. The Government are carrying an immense weight. Untold treasures are in their hands. They are doing the very best they can. Dont badger them. Keep silence, and well get you safe across.
I suppose that Paderewski can play superbly, if not quite at his best, while his thoughts wander to the other end of the world, or possibly busy themselves with a computation of the receipts as he gazes out across the auditorium. I know a great actor, a master technician, can let his thoughts play truant from the scene...
Old times never come back and I suppose it's just as well.
What comes back is a new morning every day in the year, and that's better.
I can never suppose this country so far lost to all ideas of self-importance as to be willing to grant America independence; if that could ever be adopted I shall despair of this country being ever preserved from a state of inferiority and consequently falling into a very low class among the European States.
But the one thing you should. not do is to suppose that when something is wrong with the arts, it is wrong with the arts ONLY.
I'm simply the happiest, the placidest, when I'm writing, and so I suppose that that, for me, is the final answer. ... It's fine therapy for people who are perpetually scared of nameless threats as I am most of the time.
What do I believe? As an American I believe in generosity, in liberty, in the rights of man. These are social and political faiths that are part of me, as they are, I suppose, part of all of us. Such beliefs are easy to express. But part of me too is my relation to all life, my religion. And this is not so easy to talk about. Religious experience is highly intimate and, for me, ready words are not at hand.
I don't know what it is about fecundity that so appalls.
I suppose it is the teeming evidence that birth and growth, which we value, are ubiquitous and blind, that life itself is so astonishingly cheap, that nature is as careless as it is bountiful, and that with extravagance goes a crushing waste that will one day include our own cheap lives.
It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.