There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep.
People wish to be settled. It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them.
‘Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until...
The finest people marry the two sexes in their own person.
For poetry was all written before time was, and whenever we are so finely organized that we can penetrate into that region where the air is music, we hear those primal warblings and attempt to write them down, but we lose ever and anon a word or a verse and substitute something of our own,...
The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.
Washington, where an insignificant individual may trespass on a nation’s time.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
That which builds is better than that which is built.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.
Better to be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo.
He is great who is what he is from Nature, and who never reminds us of others
The reason why men do not obey us is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
The imbecility of men is always inviting the impudence of power
No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.
The torments of martyrdom are probably most keenly felt by the bystanders.
A man’s style is his mind’s voice. Wooden minds, wooden voices.
Everything runs to excess; every good quality is noxious if unmixed
Cards were at first for benefits designed, sent to amuse, not to enslave the mind.
Coal is a portable climate. It carries the heat of the tropics to Labrador and the polar circle; and it is the means of transporting itself whithersoever it is wanted. Watt and Stephenson whispered in the ear of mankind their secret, that a half-ounce of coal will draw two tons a mile, and coal carries...
The universal does not attract us until housed in an individual