Adversity is, to me at least, a tonic and a bracer.
The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.
The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.
Category: Aid And Assistance
Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.
Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism
Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.
It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty.
Faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.
'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale; 'twas Christmas told the merriest tale; a Christmas gambol oft could cheer the poor man's heart through half the year.
The will to do, the soul to dare.
Credit is like a looking-glass, which when once sullied by a breath, may be wiped clear again; but if once cracked can never be repaired.
Death -- the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.
Is death the last step? No, it is the final awakening.
Come he slow or come he fast. It is but death who comes at last.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.