Read no history--nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.

There is no education like adversity.

There are exceptions to all rules, but it seldom answers to follow the advice of an opponent.

Damn your principles! Stick to your party.

Sir, I say that justice is truth in action.

Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing.

As a rule he or she who has the most information will have the greatest success in life.

The first magic of love is our ignorance that it can ever end.

Were it not for music, we might in these days say, the beautiful is dead.

I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few.

The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.

The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.

Assassination has never changed the history of the world.

I cannot pay attention unless I am attracted.

Everything comes if a man will only wait.

The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.

Duty cannot exist without faith.

Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

A consistent man believes in destiny; a capricious man in chance.

Finality is not the language of politics.

Man is not the creature of circumstances, Circumstances are the creatures of men.

Moderation is the center wherein all philosophies, both human and divine, meet.

The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity.

Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions.

You asked me where I generally lived. In my workshop [i.e. in his study] in the mornings and always in the library in the evening. Books are companions even if you don't open them.

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.

Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.

There can be economy only where there is efficiency.

Without publicity there can be no public support, and without public support every nation must decay.

Beauty and health are the chief sources of happiness.

Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.

Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.

There is a magic in the memory of a schoolboy friendship. It softens the heart, and even affects the nervous system of those who have no heart.

Grief is the agony of an instant; the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.

Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.

Nurture your mind with great thoughts For you will never go any higher that you think...

I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded.

We are all born for love; it is the principle of existence and its only end.

Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.

It destroys ones nerves to be amiable everyday to the same human being.

Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error.

My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely, politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.

It is well-known what a middleman is; he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other.

Where knowledge ends, religion begins.

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

Silence is the mother of truth.

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.

The people of England are the most enthusiastic in the world.

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.