He was a man who looked at what ought to be done, not to the reputation which is got by a man’s acts.
General principles are not the less true or important because, from their nature they elude immediate observation; they are like the air, which is not the less necessary because we neither see nor feel it, or like that secret influence which binds the world together and holds the planets in their orbits.
It is by character and not by intellect the world is won.
Thus our judgments, if they do not borrow from reason and philosophy a fixity and steadiness of purpose in their acts, are easily swayed and influenced by the praise or blame of others, which make us distrust our own opinions.
Leslie: I’m afraid I’ve made rather a mess of things…You distrusted me from the beginning. Are you going to let them hang me?
Howard: What do you mean by that, Leslie?
Leslie: You could get the letter.
Howard: Do you think it’s so easy to do away with unwelcome evidence?
Leslie: Surely, nothing would have been said to us – if the owner weren’t quite prepared to sell it.
Howard: That’s true. But I’m not prepared to buy it.
Integrity has no need of rules.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important. If you are cut down in a movement that is designed to save the soul of a nation, then no other death could be more redemptive.