The grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older, and societies better.
Books are embalmed minds
It is only an error in judgment to make a mistake, but it shows infirmity of character to adhere to it when discovered
Cheerfulness is the off-shoot of goodness
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
Earth took her shining station as a star, In Heaven's dark hall, high up the crowd of worlds.
Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.
We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it.
False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine but leaving us when we cross into the shade.
Next to God, we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth having
Tearless grief bleeds inwardly.
Heaven lent you a soul Earth will lend a grave.
Hope is the best part of our riches.
Kindness is a language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear and understand.
It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.
In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.
To quote copiously and well requires taste, judgment and erudition, a feeling for the beautiful, an appreciation of the noble, and a sense of the profound
Wine is a treacherous friend who you must always be on guard for.
Youth is too tumultuous for felicity; old age too insecure for happiness. The period most favorable to enjoyment, in a vigorous, fortunate, and generous life, is that between forty and sixty.
A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
The beauty seen, is partly in him who sees it.