A friend in power is a friend lost.
As for America, it is the ideal fruit of all your youthful hopes and reforms. Everybody is fairly decent, respectable, domestic, bourgeois, middle-class, and tiresome. There is absolutely nothing to revile except that it's a bore.
Power is poison. It's effect on Presidents had always been tragic.
Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.
American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
They know enough who know how to learn.
Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuse himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
The proper study of mankind is woman.