The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself — that comes too late — a crop of unextinguishable regrets.
I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine. It takes place in an impalpable grayness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamor, without glory, without the great desire of victory, without the great fear of defeat, in a sickly atmosphere of tepid skepticism, without much belief in your own right, and still less in that of your adversary.
[...] the thought that he would never stop smoking filled him with a strange satisfaction. Ignoring the warning on the cigarette packet might not be the most flamboyant act of rebellion a man could allow himself, but at least it was one he could afford.
A horse perceives eye contact as provocative, as if it and its status in the herd are not being respected. If it cannot avoid eye contact, it will react in a different way, by rebelling for example.
In dressage you don’t get anywhere by not showing respect, however superior your species might be. Any animal trainer can tell you that.
In the mountains in Argentina there’s a wild horse which will jump off the nearest precipice if any human tries to ride it.
I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
You can fool all the people some of the time, some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
[...] it was not best to swap horses when crossing streams.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
[...] democracy—a government of the people by the same people [...].
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