Beauty attracts us men; but if, like an armed magnet it is pointed, beside, with gold and silver, it attracts with tenfold power.
No one is so much alone in the universe as a denier of God. With an orphaned heart, which has lost the greatest of fathers, he stands mourning by the immeasurable corpse of nature, no longer moved and sustained by the Spirit of the universe.
The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end, and by posterity.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.
Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.
Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.
The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.
Age does not matter if the matter does not age.
As winter strips the leaves from around us, so that we may see the distant regions they formerly concealed, so old age takes away our enjoyments only to enlarge the prospect of the coming eternity.
What makes old age so sad is not that our joys but our hopes cease.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes anothers.
We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.
I have made as much out of myself as could be made of the stuff, and no man should require more.
Whenever, at a party, I have been in the mood to study fools, I have always looked for a great beauty: they always gather round her like flies around a fruit stall.