You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
Fear is the parent of cruelty.
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.
As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities.
You cannot reason people into loving those whom they are not drawn to love; they cannot reason themselves into it; and there are some contrarieties of temper which are too strong even for the obligations of relationship.
The endurance of the inequalities of life by the poor is the marvel of human society.
Nature is less partial than she appears, and all situations in life have their compensations along with them.
The moral of human life is never simple, and the moral of a story which aims only at being true to human life cannot be expected to be any more so.
Life is change, to cease to change is to cease to live; yet if you may shed a tear beside the death-bed of an old friend, let not your heart be silent on the dissolving of a faith.
The trials of life will not wait for us. They come at their own time, not caring much to inquire how ready we may be to meet them.
The war of good and evil is mightiest in mightiest souls, and even in the darkest time the heart will maintain its right against the hardest creed.
I would sooner perish for ever than stoop down before a Being who may have power to crush me, but whom my heart forbids me to reverence.
I could never fear a God who kept a hell prison-house. No, not though he flung me there because I refused. There is a power stronger than such a one; and it is possible to walk unscathed even in the burning furnace.
Scepticism, like wisdom, springs out in full panoply only from the brain of a god, and it is little profit to see an idea in its growth, unless we track its seed to the power which sowed it.
How true it is that arguments have only power over us while the temper is disposed to listen to them!