Letter to Theo (October 1882). Paraphrase of: For great things do not done (sic) just happen by impulse but are a succession of small things linked together.
“The power vested in the American courts of justice of pronouncing a statute to be unconstitutional, forms one of the most powerful barriers which has ever been devised against the tyranny of political assemblies.”
―Alexis de Tocqueville
Democracy in America vol. 1, ch. 6 (1835) (translation by Henry Reeve)
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.”
"A Talk to Western Buddhists" p. 89
As quoted in Distilled Wisdom: An Encyclopedia of Wisdom in Condensed Form (1964) by Alfred Armand Montapert, p. 270.