No human creature can give orders to love.
Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.
Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness.
I see upon their noble brows the seal of the Lord, for they were born kings of the earth far more truly than those who possess it only from having bought it.
I have no enthusiasm for nature which the slightest chill will not instantly destroy.
He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.
Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm: it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which we must cling as to a treasure, and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words, or in exact and priggish argument.
Every historian discloses a new horizon.
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.
Admiration and familiarity are strangers.