Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self sacrifice.
The hope, and not the fact, of advancement, is the spur to industry.
Shy and unready men are great betrayers of secrets; for there are few wants more urgent for the moment than the want of something to say.
Shy and proud men are more liable than any others to fall into the hands of parasites and creatures of low character. For in the intimacies which are formed by shy men, they do not choose, but are chosen.
The world knows nothing of its greatest men.