That best academy, a mother's knee.
And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.
Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men's souls.
It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested.
Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
Freedom is the only law which genius knows.
In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
Light is the symbol of truth.
The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.
True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.
Folks never understand the folks they hate.
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.
Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.
We look at death through the cheap-glazed windows of the flesh, and believe him the monster which the flawed and cracked glass represents him.
It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us.
Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime. Not failure, but low aim is crime.
True freedom is to share, all the chains our brothers wear.
The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience.
Death is delightful. Death is dawn, The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light.