The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.
Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.
A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
How beautiful is death, when earn'd by virtue Who would not be that youth What pity is it That we can die but once to serve our country
Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.
When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations.
True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
One's religion is whatever he is most interested in, and yours is Success.
A misery is not to be measure from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.
True happiness... arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self.
Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
What pity is it that we can die but once to serve our country
'We are always doing', says he, 'something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.
Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger the first is a perpetual call upon them to propagate their kind, the latter to preserve themselves.
I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.
I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.
The Fear of Death often proves Mortal, and sets People on Methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.
Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.