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.
In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
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.
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.
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.
What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us.
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous but the revolts of the intelligence.
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.
Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
Every person born into this world their work is born with them.
As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new - and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, Neath every one a friend.
Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.
There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side.
Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run.
The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.
A weed is no more than a flower in disguise, Which is seen through at once, if love give a man eyes.
Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, and it means leisure, it means liberty.
A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions.
There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.