There is one piece of advice, in a life of study, which I think no one will object to and that is, every now and then to be completely idle to do nothing at all.
He not only overflowed with learning, he stood in the slop.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.
The observances of the church concerning feasts and fasts are tolerably well-kept, since the rich keep the feasts and the poor keep the fasts
My living in Yorkshire was so far out of the way, that it was eleven miles away from a lemon
I have the most perfect confidence in your indiscretion
Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.
Don't tell me of facts, I never believe facts; you know Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
Man could direct his ways by plain reason, and support his life by tasteless food, but God has given us wit, and flavor, and brightness, and laughter to enliven the days of man's pilgrimage, and to charm his pained steps over the burning marble
Mankind are always happy for having been happy; so that, if you make them happy now, you make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it
It is natural to every man to wish for distinction, and the praise of those who can confer honor by their praise, in spite of all false philosophy, is sweet to every human heart; but as eminence can be but the lot of a few, patience of obscurity is a
What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?
Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.
Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes in between them.
The schoolboy whips his taxed top; the beardless youth manages his taxed horse with a taxed bridle on a taxed road; and the dying Englishman, pouring his medicine, which has paid seven per cent, into a spoon that has paid fifteen per cent, flings him
The dearest things in the world are our neighbor's eyes; they cost everybody more than anything else in housekeeping
The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.
Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient
Praise is the best diet for us, after all
I never read a book before reviewing it - it prejudices a man so