To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation.
Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.
All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you.
No age seemed the age of romance to itself.
Category: Romance And Romanticism
Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.
Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.
Category: Science And Scientists
The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist.
When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.
Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.
Silence is more eloquent than words.
The first sin in our universe was Lucifer's self conceit.