"Life is not an easy matter... You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery above weakness above all kinds of perfidy and baseness."
"There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens."
"The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves."