Great collections of books are subject to certain accidents besides the damp, the worms, and the rats; one not less common is that of the borrowers, not to say a word of the purloiners
Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius.
After all, it is style alone by which posterity will judge of a great work, for an author can have nothing truly his own but his style
Quotations, like much better things, has its abuses
The delights of reading impart the vivacity of youth even to old age.
There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
An excessive indulgence in the pleasures of social life constitutes the great interests of a luxuriant and opulent age
The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.
After the golden age of Latinity, we gradually slide into the silver, and at length precipitately descend into the iron.
The negroes are lovers of ludicrous actions, and hence all their ceremonies seem farcical.
A work, however, should be judged by its design and its execution, and not by any preconceived notion of what it ought to be according to the critic, rather than the author.
If the golden gate of preferment is not usually opened to men of real merit, persons of no worth have entered it in a most extraordinary manner.
Whenever we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, an opening quotation is a symphony preluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.
The poet and the painter are only truly great by the mutual influences of their studies, and the jealousy of glory has only produced an idle contest.
Plagiarists, at least, have the merit of preservation.