To make a government requires no great prudence.… To give freedom is still more easy.… But to form a free government

I had no idea of industry and diligence till I saw Bekker’s collations. There is scarcely an author in Greek who he has not collated with MSS

Treat any situation with as much seriousness as that felt by the people involved in the situation

I spend one third of my time figuring out what I am going to say and two thirds of my time thinking what the other fellow is going to say

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

The humourist is the only good and effective story-teller

Für meine Vorstellung von wissenschaftlicher Thätigkeit sind Geschichte und Forschung so untrennbar verbunden, dass das eine ohne das andere für mich gar nicht denkbar ist

The upshot of the romantic supposition that purpose is incompatible with the freedom of the imagination is a philosophy like that of Nietzsche