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Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.
Jean de la Bruyere
Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
Robert A. Heinlein
The standardized American is largely a myth created not least by Americans themselves.
It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to.
There's no sense talking about priorities. Priorities reveal themselves. We're all transparent against the face of the clock.
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized.
I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.
They are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers.
Christian Nestell Bovee
Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
Robert M. Hutchins
It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
Robert Louis Stevenson
The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.
None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.
If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state.
We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.
Those who have succeeded at anything and don't mention luck are kidding themselves.
Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
I never question what to do, it tells me what to do. The photographs make themselves with my help.
The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.
Clare Boothe Luce
Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.
Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.
Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.
Edwin Way Teale
With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.
Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.
E. L. Doctorow
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