When we throw off the yoke of public opinion, it is seldom for the purpose of rising above it, but nearly always to fall below.
The myths about Hades and the gods, though they are pure invention, help to make men virtuous.
If you can start the day without caffeine, if you can get going without pep pills, if you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, if you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, if you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, if you can understand […]
Many an attack of depression is nothing but the expression of regret at having to be virtuous.
Whenever conscience speaks with a divided, uncertain, and disputed voice, it is not the voice of God. Descend still deeper into yourself, until you hear nothing but a clear, undivided voice, a voice which does away with doubt and brings with it persuasion, light, and serenity.
No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a boy.
Birth does not lead to greatness; but the cultivation of virtues by a person leads him to greatness.
Anybody who hates dogs and children can’t be all bad.
We would often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives which produced them.