Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.
Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.
Show me the person you honor, for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is.
Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.
Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith.
The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind.
Happy the people whose annals are blank in the history books.
What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.
The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done.
All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls!
Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.
Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.
Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance - the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it; better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.
History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.
There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.
Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.
Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.
Skepticism means not intellectual doubt alone but moral doubt.
The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious.
Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.
Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.
I don't pretend to understand the Universe - it's a great deal bigger than I am.
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.
History of the world is the biography of the great man. And I said: The great man always act like a thunder. He storms the skies, while others are waiting to be stormed.
True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper.
The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart.
No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.
If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.
The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity.
It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better.
Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.