“It is not always possible to be the best, but it is always possible to improve your own performance”
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.”
“Intelligent people, when assembled into an organization, will tend toward collective stupidity.”
“No violence, gentlemen — no violence, I beg of you!
Consider the furniture!”
“…it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”
And now the rain!
The wind, revelling in the confusion of great pines!
“Perhaps – I want the old days back again and they’ll never come back, and I am haunted by the memory of them and of the world falling about my ears. ”
“Luck is a goddess not to be coerced and forcibly wooed by those who seek her favours. From such masterful spirits she turns away. But it happens sometimes that, if we put our hand in hers with the humble trust of a little child, she will have pity on us, and not fail us in our hour of need.”
“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
“She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.”