Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.
Boswell is the first of biographers
I have long been convinced that institutions purely democratic must, sooner or later, destroy liberty, or civilization, or both
The voice of great events is proclaiming to us, Reform, that you may preserve
We must judge of a form of government by it's general tendency, not by happy accidents
Charles V said that a man who knew four languages was worth four men; and Alexander the Great so valued learning, that he used to say he was more indebted to Aristotle for giving him knowledge that, than his father Philip for giving him life.
By poetry we mean the art of employing of words in such a manner as to produce an illusion on the imagination; the art of doing by means of words, what the painter does by means of colors
From the poetry of Lord Byron they drew a system of ethics, compounded of misanthropy and voluptuousness, in which the two great commandments were, to hate your neighbor, and to love your neighbor's wife
Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.
I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
The object of oratory alone is not truth, but persuasion.
More sinners are cursed at not because we despise their sins but because we envy their success at sinning
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?
What a blessing it is to love books as I love them;- to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal!