When one reads hurriedly and nervously, having in mind written tests and examinations, one’s brain becomes encumbered with a lot of choice bric-a-brac for which there seems to be little use.
Trying to write is very much like trying to put a Chinese puzzle together. We have a pattern in mind which we wish to work out in words; but the words will not fit the spaces, or, if they do, they will not match the design.
Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
The Bible gives me a deep, comforting sense that “things seen are temporal, and things unseen are eternal.”
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart.
The beginning of my life was simple and much like every other little life. I came, I saw, I conquered, as the first baby in the family always does.
So I want to say to those who are trying to learn to speak and those who are teaching them: Be of good cheer. Do not think of to-days failures, but of the success that may come to-morrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles – a delight in climbing rugged paths, which you would perhaps never know if you did not sometime slip backward – if the road was always smooth and pleasant. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.
Our enjoyment of the great works of literature depends more upon the depth of our sympathy than upon our understanding.