He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.

We are all of us more or less echoes, repeating involuntarily the virtues, the defects, the movements, and the characters of those among whom we live.

The direction of the mind is more important than its progress.

Through memory we travel against time, through forgetfulness we follow its course.

How many people eat, drink, and get married; buy, sell, and build; make contracts and attend to their for-tune; have friends and enemies, pleasures and pains, are born, grow up, live and die ― but asleep!

Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.

It is easy to understand God as long as you don't try to explain him.

Questions show the mind's range, and answers its subtlety.

The evening of a well spent life brings its lamps with it.

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.

Words, like glass, obscure when they do not aid vision.

The mind conceives with pain, but it brings forth with delight.

We may convince others by our arguements, but we can only persuade them by their own.

We must respect the past, and mistrust the present, if we wish to provide for the safety of the future.

The breath of the mind is attention.

Grace is in garments, in movements, in manners; beauty in the nude, and in forms. This is true of bodies; but when we speak of feelings, beauty is in their spirituality, and grace in their moderation.

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.

Let us have justice and then we shall have enough liberty.

It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.

Space is the stature of God.

Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth.

How many people make themselves abstract to appear profound. The most useful part of abstract terms are the shadows they create to hide a vacuum.

One who has imagination without learning has wings without feet.

Who ever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings.

We love repose of mind so well, that we are arrested by anything which has even the appearance of truth; and so we fall asleep on clouds.

The paper is patient, but the reader is not.

Children always want to look behind mirrors.

Imagination is the eye of the soul.

Politeness is the flower of humanity.

The Bible remained for me a book of books, still divine - but divine in the sense that all great books are divine which teach men how to live righteously.

Everything has its poetry.

Justice is the truth in action.

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.

Chance generally favors the prudent.

Genius is the ability to see things invisible, to manipulate things intangible, to paint things that have no features.

The passions of the young are vices in the old.

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.

Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.

Space is to place as eternity is to time.

God is the place where I do not remember the rest.

Logic works, metaphysics contemplates.

It is an aspect of all happiness to suppose that we deserve it.

Those for whom the world is not enough: saints, conquerors, poets, and all lovers of books.

Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.

Ask the young. They know everything.

There was a time when the world acted on books; now books act on the world.

All are born to observe order, but few are born to establish it.

To teach is to learn twice.