Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
If you canít diagram it, you donít understand it.
The Internet is the best thing to happen to free choice since Erasmus, the best thing to happen to democracy since John Locke, and the best thing to happen to commerce since Adam Smith.
Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no short cut. The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory. Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error. The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity. No matter how much he adores the old writer, he wants to beat him.
When I walk into my studio every morning at eight, the muses had better be there on time.
Plan your work and work your plan.
To be irreplaceable one must also be different.
Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didnít do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
Set yourself earnestly to discover what you are made to do, and then give yourself passionately to the doing of it.
Rules to improve oneís writing:
|(1)||Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.|
|(2)||Never use a long word where a short one will do.|
|(3)||If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.|
|(4)||Never use the passive where you can use the active.|
|(5)||Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.|
|(6)||Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.|
Second-rate people hire third-rate people.
Thinking is harder work than hard work.
The love of money is the source of an enormous amount of good; the fact that the good is a by-product of the selfish pursuit of riches has nothing to do with its indisputable value.
Most people confuse complexity with profundity, an opaque prose with deep meaning. But the greatest ideas have been expressed clearly.
It is quality rather than quantity that matters.
Money is time made tangibleóthe time invested in the earning of it. Taxation is the confiscation of the earnerís time. Although some taxation is necessary, all taxation diminishes freedom.
Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
Put the horse of leadership in front of the cart of relationship.
I have always found that lazy people paint with broad brush strokes because itís quick and easy. Itís also messy and carries no sense of restraint or beauty. People who employ racism in their lives are lazy people painting with a broad brush. I prefer to look at each individual and consider the content of their character and the merits of their intent. I prefer a fine brush that takes longer but produces true art.
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly.
The minute you start talking about what youíre going to do if you lose, you have lost.
Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.
Integrity is not integrity if it is never tested.
A simple style is like white light. Although complex, it does not appear so.
Salary is the means by which any employer expresses how much he values you; whether you need the cash or not, make sure your salary reflects your status.
Being a really good anythingóbe it a university president, violinist, securities lawyer, or a scientistórequires a virtually obsessive devotion to oneís objectives. Dividing oneís attention will give the edge to competitors who have the same talent but greater focus.
Success more often comes from being first to take action than from being cleverer than your competitors. When itís the right thing to do, do it first.
Let the forgettable be forgotten.
How the world is managed, and why it was created, I cannot tell; but it is no feather-bed for the repose of sluggards.
This planet is largely inhabited by parrots, and it is easy to disguise folly by giving it a fine name.
The history of scholarship is mutilated to save the face of those who have impeded progress.
Three minutesí thought would suffice to find this out; but thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time.
They cannot tell which is right and which is wrong; and, what is worse, they honestly believe that nobody else can tell.
They must have a rule, a machine to do their thinking for them. If the rule is true, so much the better; if false, that cannot be helped; but one thing is necessary, a rule.
Knowledge is good, method is good, but one thing beyond all others is necessary; and that is to have a head, not a pumpkin, on your shoulders, and brains, not pudding, in your head.