The most characteristic mark of a great mind is to choose some one important object, and pursue it for life.
The awakenings of remorse, virtuous shame and indignation, the glow of moral approbation if they do not lead to action, grow less and less vivid every time they occur, till at length the mind grows absolutely callous
But every act in consequence of our faith, strengthens faith.
We neither laugh alone, nor weep alone, why then should we pray alone?
When one by one our ties are torn, and friend from friend is snatched forlorn; when man is left alone to mourn, oh! then how sweet it is to die!
We can only love what we know
It would be difficult to determine whether the age is growing better or worse; for I think our plays are growing like sermons, and our sermons like plays.
The dead of midnight is the noon of thought.
You speak of beginning the education of your son. The moment he was able to form an idea his education was already begun. . . .
Forgotten rimes, and college themes,/ Worm-eaten plans, and embryo schemes;/ A mass of heterogeneous matter./ A chaos dark, nor land nor water.
With Thee in shady solitudes I walk, With Thee in busy, crowded cities talk; In every creature own Thy forming power, In each event Thy providence adore.
The chearful light, the vital air, Are blessings widely given ; Let nature's commoners enjoy The common gifts of heaven.
Man is the nobler growth our realms supply, And souls are ripened in our northern sky.
So when unseen destruction lurks, Which men like mice may share, May some kind angel clear thy path, And break the hidden snare.
The well taught philosophic mind To all compassion gives; Casts round the world an equal eye, And feels for all that lives.