Shy and unready men are great betrayers of secrets: for there are few wants more urgent for the moment than the want of something to say
He that lacks time to mourn, lacks time to mend. Eternity mourns that. 'Tis an ill cure For life's worst ills, to have no time to feel them. Where sorrow 's held intrusive and turned out, There wisdom will not enter, nor true power, Nor aught that dignifies humanity.
The philosophy which affects to teach us a contempt of money does not run very deep; for, indeed, it ought to be still more clear to the philosopher than it is to ordinary men, that there are few things in the world of greater importance.
Prodigality is indeed the vice of a weak nature, as avarice is of a strong one; it comes of a weak craving for those blandishments of the world which are easily to be had for money, and which, when obtained, are as much worse than worthless as a harlot's love is worse than none.
The art of living easily as to money, is to pitch your scale of living one degree below your means.
Where there are large powers with little ambition, nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
Where there are large powers with little ambition (which will happen sometimes, though seldom) nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
Good nature and kindness towards those with whom they come in personal contact, at the expense of public interests, that is of those whom they never see, is the besetting sin of public men.
Such souls, Whose sudden visitations daze the world, Vanish like lightning, but they leave behind A voice that in the distance far away Wakens the slumbering ages.
Shy and proud men are more liable than any others to fall into the hands of parasites and creatures of low character. For in the intimacies which are formed by shy men, they do not choose, but are chosen.
He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self sacrifice.
He who gives only what he would as readily throw away gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.
When you give, therefore, take to yourself no credit for generosity, unless you deny yourself something in order that you may give.
An unreflected light did never yet Dazzle the vision feminine.
Conscience is, in most men, an anticipation of the opinions of others.