Don’t let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.[Не забудем, что причины действий человеческих обыкновенно бесчисленно сложнее и разнообразнее, чем мы их всегда потом объясняем, и редко определенно очерчиваются.]
Thinking is an experimental action carried out with small amounts of energy, in the same way as a general shifts small figures about on a map before setting his large bodies of troops in motion.
The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.
The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed…
Our body begins to destroy itself from the moment it is born. We are fragile. We’re creatures of passage. All that is left of us are our actions, the good or the evil we do to our fellow humans.
One will seldom go wrong if one attributes extreme actions to vanity, average ones to habit, and petty ones to fear.