A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.
Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.
Be ashamed to die unless you have won some victory for humanity.
It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.
A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.
Affectation hides three times as many virtues as charity does sins
When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart.
Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for mankind
Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.
Education...beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men --the balance wheel of the social machinery...It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich; it prevents being poor.
Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men,--the balance-wheel of the social machinery.
Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
If evil is inevitable, how are the wicked accountable? Nay, why do we call men wicked at all? Evil is inevitable, but is also remediable.
Much that we call evil is really good in disguises; and we should not quarrel rashly with adversities not yet understood, nor overlook the mercies often bound up in them.
Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear.
Genius may conceive but patient labor must consummate
Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it
Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.
Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge
Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen
Give me a house furnished with books rather than furniture! Both, if you can, but books at any rate!
Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.
Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.
Let but the public mind become once thoroughly corrupt, and all attempts to secure property, liberty or life, by mere force of laws written on parchment, will be as vain as to put up printed notices in an orchard to keep off the canker-worms.