Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.
Most people do not pray; they only beg.
Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.
You have learnt something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.
Home life is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo.
Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn’t!
The heretic is always better dead. And mortal eyes cannot distinguish the saint from the heretic.
The frontier between hell and heaven is only the difference between two ways of looking at things.
Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.
You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
The only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school.
Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.