Half the failures of this world arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping.
The greatest truths are the simplest.
Examples would indeed be excellent things were not people so modest that none will set, and so vain that none will follow them.
Some people carry their hearts in their heads; very many carry their heads in their hearts. The difficulty is to keep them apart, yet both actively working together.
It is well for us that we are born babies in intellect. Could we understand half what mothers say and do to their infants, we should be filled with a conceit of our own importance, which would render us insupportable through life.
The power of faith will often shine forth the most when the character is naturally weak.
To Adam Paradise was home. To the good among his descendants home is paradise.
What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard, even than what he condemns, of his own character, information and abilities.
A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his neighbor for what he sees in himself.
A statesman, we are told, should follow public opinion. Doubtless, as a coachman follows his horses; having firm hold on the reins and guiding them.
The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it.
Love, it has been said, flows downward. The love of parents for their children has always been far more powerful than that of children for their parents; and who among the sons of men ever loved God with a thousandth part of the love which God has manifested to us?
Only when the voice of duty is silent, or when it has already spoken, may we allowably think of the consequences of a particular action.
A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm; that after they have lost all they are sure to lose on mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt fated support them through great actions.
Since the generality of persons act from impulse, much more than from principle, men are neither so good nor so bad as we are apt to think them.