Quotations by Author


At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Never discourage anyone... who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.

Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.

Behold! Human beings living in an underground den... Like ourselves... They see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave.

The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.

No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.

Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

Necessity... the mother of invention.

No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.

No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.

The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.

To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.

We do not learn; and what we call learning is only a process of recollection.

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.