There is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride; disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortifying it as much as one pleases, it is still alive and will every now and then peep out and show itself.
Whenever someone talks about something that has nothing to do with them (like offering an opinion on a book), they are talking about themselves not that thing.
Unless you really understand others, you can hardly attain your own self-understanding.
Self-reflection encourages great bravery. Rationalization is your greatest enemy.
Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter.
The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.
Explaining things that matter: Be simple. Then simpler than that. Just say what happens. The part of reality that any given person needs to know is naturally riveting to them.
In media, it doesn’t matter if you’re right. It matters if you’re understood.
No man ever served God by doing things tomorrow.
But the human tongue is a beast that few can master. It strains constantly to break out of its cage, and if it is not tamed, it will run wild and cause you grief. Power cannot accrue to those who squander their treasure of words.
The truth is generally seen, rarely heard.
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.