Many a time a man cannot be such as he would be, if circumstances do not admit of it
Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind
Circumstances! I make circumstances
Men are the sport of circumstances when it seems circumstances are the sport of men
Circumstance, that unspiritual god and miscreator, makes and helps along our coming evils
The circumstances of others seem good to us, while ours seem good to others
Persevere and preserve yourselves for better circumstances
When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."