The revolutionary treats the oppressed as the defense lawyer treats the client: under no circumstances are they to speak for themselves.
One is asked to be reasonable and expected to be moderate.
Humanity for the first time is burdened with a vast proletariat of literate, ambitious, and demanding people who can’t really do anything.
Certain qualities — skepticism, iconoclasm, willpower — are fixed in quantity, and must be apportioned wisely.
All people at all times have annals; but only some at a few times have history.
Certain ideas are so corrosive that they eat through even themselves.
Old people should be heard and not seen.
We weigh nothing so judiciously as a compliment.
Revolution is seeded by abuse and watered by reform.
Taste is quality divided by expense.