Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
Category: Books And Reading
Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.
Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness, when bequeathed by those who. when alive, would not have contributed.
When millions applaud you seriously ask yourself what harm you have done; and when they disapprove you, what good.
Those that are the loudest in their threats are the weakest in their actions.
Repartee is perfect when it effects its purpose with a double edge. It is the highest order of wit, as it indicates the coolest yet quickest exercise of genius, at a moment when the passions are roused.
Reply to wit with gravity, and to gravity with wit.
Physical courage, which engages all danger, will make a person brave in one way; and moral courage, which defies all opinion, will make a person brave in another.
It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console.
Category: Death And Dying
Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness or oppose with firmness.
My lowest days as a Christian [and There Were Low Ones--Seven Months Worth Of Them In Prison, To Be Exact] have been more fulfilling and rewarding than all the days of glory in the White House.
When the frustration of my helplessness seemed greatest, I discovered God's grace was more than sufficient. And after my imprisonment, I could look back and see how God used my powerlessness for His purpose. What He has chosen for my most significant witness was not my triumphs or victories, but my defeat.
Pedantry is the showy display of knowledge which crams our heads with learned lumber and then takes out our brains to make room for it.
Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.