Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves, engage in child labor, exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but watch television.
We must expect to fail...but fail in a learning posture, determined no to repeat the mistakes, and to maximize the benefits from what is learned in the process.
Slow and steady wins the race.
I believe that forgiving them is God's function. Our job is simply to arrange the meeting. (on those behind the 911 attacks)
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is slow-ripening fruit.
The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.
Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insuating and insidious something that elicits secrets from us just like love or liquor.
The skull lay tilted in such a manner that it stared, sightless, up at me as though I, too, were already caught a few feet above him in the strata and, in my turn, were staring upward at that strip of sky which the ages were carrying farther away from me.
Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self it is no humility for a man to think less of himself than he ought, though it might rather puzzle him to do that.
Success doesn't come to you...you go to it.
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It's that they can't see the problem.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all carve every word before you let it fall.
Engineering is not merely knowing and being knowledgeable, like a walking encyclopedia engineering is not merely analysis engineering is not merely the possession of the capacity to get elegant solutions to non-existent engineering problems engineering is practicing the art of the organized forcing of technological change... Engineers operate at the interface between science and society...
Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.
Self discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
Among the virtues and vices that make up the British character, we have one vice, at least, that Americans ought to view with sympathy. For they appear to be the only people who share it with us. I mean our worship of the antique. I do not refer to beauty or even historical association. I refer to age, to a quantity of years.
Never shall I forget the times I spent with you continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
I have made good judgements in the Past. I have made good judgements in the Future.