Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.
The perception of the comic is a tie of sympathy with other men, a pledge of sanity, and a protection from those perverse tendencies and gloomy insanities in which fine intellects sometimes lose themselves. A rogue alive to the ludicrous is still convertible. If that sense is lost, his fellow-men can do little for him.
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There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.
We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.
I really do not see much use in exalting the humble and meek; they do not remain humble and meek long when they are exalted.
A private Life is to be preferred; the Honor and Gain of publick Posts, bearing no proportion with the Comfort of it