To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
There are three modes of bearing the ills of life, by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.
We ask advice but we mean approbation.
The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.
Category: Age And Aging
Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power that avarice makes concerning wealth. She begins by accumulating power as a means to happiness, and she finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end.
Were we as eloquent as angels we still would please people much more by listening rather than talking.
The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves.
Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.
It is the briefest yet wisest maxim which tells us to ''meddle not''.
Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes.
In all societies, it is advisable to associate if possible with the highest; not that the highest are always the best, but because, if disgusted there, we can descend at any time; but if we begin with the lowest, to ascend is impossible.
He that will believe only what he can fully comprehend must have a long head or a very short creed.
Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.
Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us -- never cease to instruct -- never cloy.
Category: Books And Reading