What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to an human soul.
Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.
That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?
Our friends don't see our faults, or conceal them, or soften them.
Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.
The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasures.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants...
I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much. I cannot recollect the words, but here is the sense of it: ''What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me.''
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.
The post of honor is a private station.