No man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an idiot.
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- A man of great common sense and good taste — meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
- Between persons of equal income there is no social distinction except the distinction of merit. Money is nothing: character, conduct, and capacity are everything. There would be great people and ordinary people and little people, but the great would always be those who had done great things, and never the idiots whose mothers had spoiled them and whose fathers had left them a hundred thousand a year; and the little would be persons of small minds and mean characters, and not poor persons who had never had a chance. That is why idiots are always in favor of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the really great in favor of equality.
- Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.
- You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
- When I was a young man I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn’t want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work.
- Nothing makes a man so selfish as work.