Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.
A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than to leave free the energies of mankind; it overdoes the quantity of government, as well as impairs its quality. The truth is, that a skilled bureaucracy is, though it boasts of an appearance of science, quite inconsistent with the true principles of the art of business.
Conquest is the missionary of valor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.
So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism -- despotism during the campaign -- is indispensable.
An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.
An element of exaggeration clings to the popular judgment: great vices are made greater, great virtues greater also; interesting incidents are made more interesting, softer legends more soft.
The most intellectual of men are moved quite as much by the circumstances which they are used to as by their own will. The active voluntary part of a man is very small, and if it were not economized by a sleepy kind of habit, its results would be null.
Category: Free Will
It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations.
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
Our law very often reminds one of those outskirts of cities where you cannot for a long time tell how the streets come to wind about in so capricious and serpent-like a manner. At last it strikes you that they grew up, house by house, on the devious tracks of the old green lanes; and if you follow on to the existing fields, you may often find the change half complete.
Category: Law And Lawyers
A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.
We must not let daylight in upon the magic.
Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them.
Category: Men And Women
What impresses men is not mind, but the result of mind.