Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.
I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise.
The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events.
Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.
I was never less alone than when by myself.
In every deed of mischief he had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.
Of the various forms of government which have prevailed in the world, an hereditary monarchy seems to present the fairest scope for ridicule.
I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being.
Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.
In the end, they wanted security more than they wanted freedom.
But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous.
My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.
Style is the image of character.