I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship.
Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. Many will read the book before one thinks of quoting a passage. As soon as he has done this, that line will be quoted east and west.
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself; nothing, but the triumph of principles.
Language is the archives of history.
Raphael paints wisdom; Handel sings it, Phidias carves it, Shakespeare writes it, Wren builds it, Columbus sails it, Luther preaches it, Washington arms it, Watt mechanizes it.
Wherever there is power there is age.
The first wealth is health.
Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it, so that one babe commonly makes four or five out of the adults who prattle and play to it.
Preaching is the expression of moral sentiments applied to the duties of life.
The studious class are their own victims: they are thin and pale, their feet are cold, their heads are hot, the night is without sleep, the day a fear of interruption –pallor, squalor, hunger, and egotism.
Love and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as much as the two sides of an algebraic equation.
To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.
The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.
Religion is as effectually destroyed by bigotry as by indifference.
My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock should find the time in my face.
Nature is full of freaks, and now puts an old head on young shoulders, and then takes a young heart heating under fourscore winters.
The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
That which we call sin in others, is experiment for us.
For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
Cities force growth and make people talkative and entertaining, but they also make them artificial.
We know better than we do. We do not yet possess ourselves…
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