Oh sleep It is a gentle thing Beloved from pole to pole.
To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has passed.
Poetry the best words in the best order.
All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.
I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children, and what an inhuman world without the aged.
Brute animals have the vowel sounds; man only can utter consonants.
He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.
Swans sing before they die - 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.
A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive.
Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; - poetry = the best words in the best order.
The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.
No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.
Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.
A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory.
I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.
A man may devote himself to death and destruction to save a nation; but no nation will devote itself to death and destruction to save mankind.
Good and bad men are less than they seem.
Friendship is a sheltering tree.
As I live and am a man, this is an unexaggerated tale - my dreams become the substances of my life.
No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.