Power is what men seek, and any group that gets it will abuse it. It is the same story.
The spirit of graft and of lawlessness is the American spirit.
My summary of all our experiences was that it showed that heaven and hell are one place, and we all go there. To those who are prepared, it is heaven; to those who are not fit and ready, it is hell.
In all cities, the better classes – the business men – are the sources of corruption, but they are so rarely pursued and caught that we do not fully realize whence the trouble comes.
We know that there is no absolute knowledge, that there are only theories; but we forget this. The better educated we are, the harder we believe in axioms.
Care like hell! Sit around the bars and drink, and pose, and pretend, all you want to, but in reality, deep down underneath, care like hell.
It is our knowledge – the things we are sure of – that makes the world go wrong and keeps us from seeing and learning.
I let my boy go and do and say pretty much as he likes, as, and perhaps because, my father kept no string on me.
My mother would thump me sharply on the head with a thimble or a spoon if I became too noisy with the whistle when I was playing I was a steamboat captain. She had no sense of the dignity of command.
Keep your baby eyes (which are the eyes of genius) on what we don’t know
Boston has carried the practice of hypocrisy to the n-th degree of refinement, grace, and failure.
My father required me to honor my father and my mother too much to put up games on them. I did on occasion.