Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession; do not run after distinctions and rewards; but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty.
Bishop Berkeley destroyed this world in one volume octavo; and nothing remained, after his time, but mind; which experienced a similar fate from the hand of Mr. Hume in 1737.
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
It resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.
Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.
Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.
The object of preaching is to constantly remind mankind of what they keep forgetting; not to supply the intellect, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions.
Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.
Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.
The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.
It is safest to be moderately base - to be flexible in shame, and to be always ready for what is generous, good, and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.
He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.
Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.
It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little - do what you can.
Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him and cannot be reasoned out.
As the French say, there are three sexes - men, women, and clergymen.
Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.
I never read a book before previewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Errors, to be dangerous, must have a great deal of truth mingled with them. It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation.
Never talk for half a minute without pausing and giving others a chance to join in.
No man can ever end with being superior who will not begin with being inferior.
To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can.
Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time.
Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.
Let the Dean and Canons lay their heads together and the thing will be done.
Poverty us no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?
A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but vice and religion!
It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him.