For us, someone who is willing to step forward and help is much more courageous than someone who is merely fulfilling the role.
I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.
Likewise today, some Christians are content to merely exist until they die. They don't want to risk anything, to believe God, to grow or mature. They refuse to believe his Word, and have become hardened in their unbelief. Now they're living just to die.
My point is, if you want to achieve anything in life, it is not enough to merely wish for it. You must develop that kind of 4:30 AM discipline that distinguishes you from others.
A visual image in the hand of an artist is merely a tool to trigger a mental image.
The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.
Philadelphia merely seems dull because it's next to exciting Camden, New Jersey.
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.
Never read a book through merely because you have begun it.
My early wounds were the English school system among other things. It wasn't merely the discipline, it was the ways in which boys got what was called the school spirit.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
If Liberia has failed, then, it is no evidence of the failure of the Negro in government. It is merely evidence of the failure of slavery.
The different ness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess.
When digging ceases to be a great game and becomes, as in Egypt, merely business, it will be a bad thing.
All observers not laboring under hallucinations of the senses are agreed, or can be made to agree, about facts of sensible experience, through evidence toward which the intellect is merely passive, and over which the individual will and character have no control.
Hence, even in the domain of natural science the aid of the experimental method becomes indispensable whenever the problem set is the analysis of transient and impermanent phenomena, and not merely the observation of persistent and relatively constant objects.
Luck is merely an illusion, trusted by the ignorant and chased by the foolish.
There are successful scholars, public-spirited scholars, upright scholars, cautious scholars, and those who are merely petty men.