Ignorance gives a sort of eternity to prejudice, and perpetuity to error
A religion without its mysteries is a temple without a God
Wisdom and truth, the offspring of the sky, are immortal; while cunning and deception, the meteors of the earth, after glittering for a moment, must pass away.
In the power of fixing the attention lies the most precious of the intellectual habits.
If ever Christianity appears in its power, it is when it erects its trophies upon the tomb; when it takes up its votaries where the world leaves them; and fills the breast with immortal hope in dying moments.
His imperial fancy has laid all Nature under tribute, and has collected riches from every scene of the creation and every walk of art.
He might be a very clever man by nature for aught I know, but he laid so many books upon his head that his brains could not move.
Heaven is attracting to itself whatever is congenial to its nature, is enriching itself by the spoils of earth, and collecting within its capacious bosom whatever is pure, permanent, and divine.
The friendship of high and sanctified spirits loses nothing by death but its alloy; failings disappear, and the virtues of those whose faces we shall behold no more appear greater and more sacred when beheld through the shades of the sepulchre.
Of all the species of literary composition, perhaps biography is the most delightful. The attention concentrated on one individual gives a unity to the materials of which it is composed, which is wanting in general history.
What other book besides the Bible could be heard in public assemblies from year to year, with an attention that never tires, and an interest that never cloys?
Rising health care spending occurs because it is beneficial, not a burden on the economy.
We are to seek wisdom and understanding only in the length of days.
Call things by their right names - Glass of brandy and water! That is the current, but not the appropriate name; ask for a glass of liquid fire and distilled damnation.
In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best. In matters of prudence, last thoughts are best.