I can tell you, honest friend, what to believe: believe life; it teaches better that book or orator.
Every step of life shows much caution is required.
What I possess I would gladly retain. Change amuses the mind, yet scarcely profits.
The coward only threatens when he is safe.
To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be torn from us.
Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.
Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it is sure to repent every ill-judged outlay.
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Life is the childhood of our immortality.
The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.
It is equally a mistake to hold one's self too high, or to rate one's self too cheap.
Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.
On every mountain height is rest.
Alas! sorrow from happiness is oft evolved.
Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.
One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.
Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done.
It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it. Others do just the same with their time.