Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.

The lunatic fringe wags the underdog.

Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly.

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.

What men value in this world is not rights but privileges.

Time is a great legalizer, even in the field of morals.

Unionism seldom, if ever, uses such power as it has to insure better work; almost always it devotes a large part of that power to safeguarding bad work.

It is a delusion that the law of the survival of the fittest may be repealed by an act of Congress.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

What is it that lifts San Francisco out of the wallow? They are not the children of men who were bold and daring in the seventeenth century, but the children of the men who were bold and daring in the mid-nineteenth.