Authors are partial to their wit, 'tis true,
But are not critics to their judgment too?
Agreed; they're apt to be a little too critical, and often they mistake the matter.
A man who is too intellectual to be charmed by the real life of an ordinary man can't be expected to have the same appreciation for the life of an ordinary woman. A person with a practical, constructive talent and ability will often be more sensitive than the more intellectual person to the beauty of life, which is only a product of nature.
We live in a period when people are more or less in bondage, or they have no free life, or they do not have the possibilities of living their life, or they are slaves to others, or they have to take everything in life by the rule of their fellow-men.
I have had a good deal to do with men who were brought up with an idea that to have a certain income is to have your rights, and you have your rights as long as you can pay for your rights. When you do not have the wherewithal to buy your right of living an independent life, you are at the mercy of your fellow-men.
In this country, there are the educated, the uneducated, the wealthy and the poor, and these four classes live in complete harmony with one another, although they are not happy, and although they have little knowledge of what it is to be happy.
Wealth is not everything in this world; a poor man can have riches in the world. To have wealth is not the only thing; it is to have happiness, and we can't have happiness by living in the lap of luxury. It is not a very happy life; it is a very comfortable life, but it is not a happy life. There are millions of people who have riches to their name but who are not happy.
We are never to blame if we fail to do the best we can with what we have.
Some of the greatest failures in the world, the world is full of them, have had the most brilliant minds, and great brains.
When I look upon the failures of my own country, and upon the failures of the other country that I live in, I look at them as great failures, and I would look at their great successes as great failures.
I think it is the height of wisdom to be able to realize that we are always blamed for not doing the best we can with the means at our command. When you do the best that you can with the means you have, you do your duty to yourself and you do your duty to the world, and you are not responsible for what you fail to do.
There was a time when we had no science in our country, but if there was no science in our country, there is certainly plenty of common sense.
I do not care to have my life regulated by what the people say; I do not care to be regulated by what the people say, but I do care to have my life governed by what I myself do.
We do not know enough to tell the world what our lives are worth, nor what is the right and what is the wrong in the affairs of our own country.
It is very difficult for us to keep our balance; we often do things in a hurry, and yet we do not like to do them in a hurry. We like to think and to prepare ourselves.
We have become a selfish people; we are selfish to one another, and in the great interests of the world, we are selfish. We take care of ourselves first, and then we think about the interests of the world. We have forgotten the fact that the world is a community, and that each one of us must live in harmony with all the others in the world.
It is often not enough that the author should have an object; he must also have the faculty of realizing it. A man can't realize an abstract idea. It is not enough that a writer should have an object; he must also have the faculty of realizing it. A man can't realize an abstract idea.
Better luck next time.
A conversation between attractfunding at EleutherAI