“If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.”
‘The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
“A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation.
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”
I dwell in possibility…”
“I’m very pleased with each advancing year. It stems back to when I was forty. I was a bit upset about reaching that milestone, but an older friend consoled me. ‘Don’t complain about growing old – many, many people do not have that privilege.’
Earl Warren, Chief Justice
“The problem with intelligent design theory is not that it is false but that it is not falsifiable: Not being susceptible to contradicting evidence, it is not a testable hypothesis. Hence it is not a scientific but a creedal tenet–a matter of faith, unsuited to a public school’s curriculum.”
George F. Will
“One frequently only finds out how really beautiful a really beautiful woman is after considerable acquaintance with her; and the rule applies to Niagara Falls, to majestic mountains, and to mosques–especially to mosques.”
– Innocents Abroad
“Only he who has seen better days and lives to see better days again knows their full value.”
– Notebook, 1902
“I hate quotations. Tell Me What You Know.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The way to become a better writer hinges on your willingness to commit to practicing your craft and the time you put into reading. Talent only takes you so far and when not combined with effort it is virtually useless.