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A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.
– Robert Frost
Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
I’m not confused. I’m just well mixed.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.
We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.
Being the boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so.
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
The best way out is always through.
Education doesn’t change life much. It just lifts trouble to a higher plane of regard.
I always entertain great hopes.
A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.
I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power.
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
You can’t get too much winter in the winter.
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
To be social is to be forgiving.
I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn.
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.
The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom… in a clarification of life – not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.
The strongest and most effective force in guaranteeing the long-term maintenance of power is not violence in all the forms deployed by the dominant to control the dominated, but consent in all the forms in which the dominated acquiesce in their own domination.
The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
They would not find me changed from him they knew – only more sure of all I thought was true.
Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.
Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
If one by one we counted people out For the least sin, it wouldn’t take us long To get so we had no one left to live with. For to be social is to be forgiving.