Quotes with persons
Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe , a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty...We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
I firmly believe that the army of persons who urge greater and greater centralization of authority and greater and greater dependence upon the federal treasury are really more dangerous to our form of government than any external threat that can possibly be arrayed against us.
In a letter to Rep. Gwinn declaring opposition to a bill on federal aid for education (June 13, 1949)
Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.
Man for Himself (1947)
A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves.
If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that’s read by persons who move their lips when they’re reading to themselves.
Truth, indeed, is something that is believed in completely only by persons who have never tried personally to pursue it to its fastness and grab it by the tail.
Prejudices, Third Series (1922)
A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.
A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949)
Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure which is useful to them to praise which deceives them.
It is given to few persons to keep this secret well. Those who lay down rules too often break them, and the safest we are able to give is to listen much, to speak little, and to say nothing that will ever give ground for regret.
It is not expedient or wise to examine our friends too closely; few persons are raised in our esteem by a close examination.
We seldom find persons whom we acknowledge to be possessed of good sense, except those who agree with us in opinion.
Most of the poor persons whom Francis knew were in straits because of war, of bad harvests, or of illness. In such cases material succor is but a small part. Sympathy is the thing needed above all. Francis had treasures of it to lavish upon them.
Life of St. Francis d'Assisi (1894)
Note that venerable proverb: Children and fools always speak the truth. The deduction is plain: adults and wise persons never speak it.
"On the Decay of the Art of Lying"