No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.
It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.
That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.
The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes.
A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.
A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.
Grief that is dazed and speechless is out of fashion: the modern woman mourns her husband loudly and tells you the whole story of his death, which distresses her so much that she forgets not the slightest detail about it.
When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and manly thoughts, seek for no other test of its excellence. It is good, and made by a good workman.
Category: Books And Reading
The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.
Category: Bores And Boredom
It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.
The giving is the hardest part; what does it cost to add a smile?
Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.
The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
Category: Crime And Criminals
Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
Category: Critics And Criticism