When you want to fool the world, tell the truth. -Otto von Bismarck, statesman (1815-1898).
The world looks with some awe upon a man who appears unconcernedly indifferent to home, money, comfort, rank, or even power and fame. The world feels not without a certain apprehension, that here is someone outside its jurisdiction; someone before whom its allurements may be spread in vain; someone strangely enfranchised, untamed, untrammelled by convention, moving independent of the ordinary currents of human action. -Winston Churchill, politician and statesman (1874-1965)
The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. -Thomas Babington Macaulay, author and statesman (1800-1859).
The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses. –Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626).
Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy. –Edmund Burke, statesman and writer (1729-1797)
In a free country there is much clamor, with little suffering: in a despotic state there is little complaint but much suffering. -Lazare Hippolyte Carnot, statesman (1801-1888)
“Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket, and do not pull it out and strike it merely to show you have one. If you are asked what o’clock it is, tell it, but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman.”
—Lord Chesterfield, statesman and writer (1694-1773).