The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Science is nothing but perception.
No human thing is of serious importance.
Courage is knowing what not to fear.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.
The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
He was a wise man who invented God.
I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Honesty is for the most part, less profitable than dishonesty.
He who does not desire power is fit to hold it.
Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten imparting grace.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.
You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.
Just as it would be madness to settle on medical treatment for the body of a person by taking an opinion poll of the neighbors, so it is irrational to prescribe for the body politic by polling the opinions of the people at large.
If one has made a mistake, and fails to correct it, one has made a greater mistake.
Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
Lord Howard Hurts