A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with.
Not a tenth of us who are in business are doing as well as we could if we merely followed the principles that were known to our grandfathers.
Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
People care more about being thought to have taste than about being good, clever, or amiable.
That which is borne of loneliness and from the heart cannot be defended against the judgment of a committee of sycophants.
I'm glad I don't have to explain to a man from Mars why each day I set fire to dozens of little pieces of paper, and then put them in my mouth.
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose -- a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got.
A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind.
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.