Almost always it is action that issues in conviction; the reverse is so rare that we never fail to mark it.
Identity, that spectator of what he calls himself,
That net and aggregate of energies in transient combination.
Men want most to be useful, but will settle, if thwarted, for destructive.
Everyone says what he would never do, and no one knows it.
It is possible, indeed common, to be both boring and weird.
A serious person first marks how little need be taken seriously.
Your detractors may be bigots or misanthropes — or worse, they may despise you for who you really are.
It is better to forget a name than make a visible effort to recall it.
The fugitive thought, ungrasped, will return, unimproved.
The feeling that one has narrowly escaped punishment is the sign that it is preparing.
When we adhere to convention in appearance, we show that we care what others think; and we show that we care deeply when we depart from it.