To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.
Men will die upon dogma but will not fall victim to a conclusion.
In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable, you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.
The love of our private friends is the only preparatory exercise for the love of all men.
We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
Growth is the only evidence of life.
Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.
A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.
There is such a thing as legitimate warfare: war has its laws; there are things which may fairly be done, and things which may not be done.
From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.
If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.
It is often said that second thoughts are best. So they are in matters of judgment but not in matters of conscience.
Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.
Ability is sexless.
If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable... we must be content to creep along the ground, and never soar.
It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.
To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living.
Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue.
It is very difficult to get up resentment towards persons whom one has never seen.
A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.