People that seem so glorious are all show; underneath they are like everyone else.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The accepted and betrothed lover has lost the wildest charm of his maiden in her acceptance of him. She was heaven whilst he pursued her as a star: she cannot be heaven, if she stoops to such a one as he.
The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.
The only thing grief has taught me is to know how shallow it is.
The education of the will is the object of our existence.