Anger ventilated often hurries toward forgiveness; and concealed often hardens into revenge
The real truthfulness of all works of imagination, sculpture, painting, and written fiction, is so purely in the imagination, that the artist never seeks to represent positive truth, but the idealized image of a truth
In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.
Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought
Chance happens to all, but to turn chance to account is the gift of few.
The Italians have voices like peacocks - German gives me a cold in the head - and Russian is nothing but sneezing
Common sense is only a modification of talent. Genius is an exaltation of it. The difference is therefore in degree, not nature.
I would rather have five energetic and competent enemies than one fool friend.
To dispense with ceremony is the most delicate mode of conferring a compliment
The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it
Fate laughs at probabilities
'It is destiny' phrase of the weak human heart! 'It is destiny' dark apology for every error! The strong and virtuous admit no destiny
Dream manfully and nobly, and thy dreams shall be prophets.
Whatever the number of a man's friends, there will be times in his life when he has one too few, but if he has only one enemy, he is lucky indeed if he has not one too many
Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it.