Whatever people in general do not understand, they are always prepared to dislike; the incomprehensible is always the obnoxious.
Society is like a large piece of frozen water; and skating well is the great art of social life.
We might have been - these are but common words, and yet they make the sum of life's bewailing.
I think hearts are very much like glasses. If they do not break with the first ring, they usually last a considerable time.
I do love violets: They tell the history of woman's love;
There is a large stock on hand; but somehow or other, nobody's experience ever suits us but our own.
No thoroughly occupied man was ever yet very miserable.
An apt quotation is like a lamp which flings its light over the whole sentence.
You may find many a brighter one Than your own rose, but there are none So true to thee, Love.
Then they were silent:--words are little aid To Love, whose deepest vows are ever made By the heart's beat alon.
Oh, softest is the cheek's love-ray When seen by moonlight hours
But ignorance is happiness, When young Hope is to show the way;
These are thy bridal flowers I am now wreathing; This is thy marriage hymn I am now breathing.
Alas! we make A ladder of our thoughts, where angels step, But sleep ourselves at the foot: our high resolves Look down upon our slumbering acts.
It is a night of summer,--and the sea Sleeps, like a child, in mute tranquillity.