As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.
Beauty is the mark God sets on virtue. Every natural action is graceful; every heroic act is also decent, and causes the place and the bystanders to shine.
Beauty is the pilot of the young soul.
Beauty rests on necessities.
The line of beauty is the line of perfect economy.
We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.
The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
All the great ages have been ages of belief.
Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.
The death of a dear friend, wife, brother, lover, which seemed nothing but privation, somewhat later assumes the aspect of a guide or genius; for it commonly operates revolutions in our way of life, terminates an epoch of infancy or of youth which was waiting to be closed, breaks up a wonted occupation, or a household, or style of living, and allows the formation of new ones more friendly to the growth of character.
Religion is as effectually destroyed by bigotry as by indifference.
Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.
There is properly no history; only biography.
Never read any book that is not a year old.
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