All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive
Look back, and smile on perils past.
(translated by Edgar Alfred Bowring)
Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above For love is heaven, and heaven is love.
And come he slow, or come he fast, It is but death who comes at last.
Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife! To all the sensual world proclaim, One crowded hour of glorious life Is worth an age without a name.
O many a shaft, at random sent, Finds mark the archer little meant And many a word, at random spoken, May soothe or wound a heart that's broken
We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider everything as moonshine, compared with the education of the heart.
One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum
He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.
Adversity is, to me at least, a tonic and a bracer.
Cats are mysterious kind of folk - there is more passing in their minds than we are aware of.
Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
Heap on more wood! the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We'll keep our Christmas merry still.
Court not the critic's smile nor dread his frown
Death is dreadful, but in the first springtime of youth, to be snatched forcibly from the banquet to which the individual has but just sat down is peculiarly appalling
Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.
How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.
Heaven know its time; the bullet has its billet
Hope is brightest when it dawns from fears
The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.
Each age has deemed the new-born year. The fittest time for festal cheer
Vengeance, deep-brooding o'er the slain, Had locked the source of softer woe, And burning pride and high disdain Forbade the rising tear to flow