Natural amiableness is too often seen in company with sloth, with uselessness, with the vanity of fashionable life.
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.
Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do.
It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
He is to be educated not because he's to make shoes, nails, and pins, but because he is a man.
The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts.
All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage, and grow wiser and more serene.
Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost.
Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.
Innocent amusements are such as excite moderately, and such as produce a cheerful frame of mind, not boisterous mirth; such as refresh, instead of exhausting, the system; such as recur frequently, rather than continue long; such as send us back to our daily duties invigorated in body and spirit; such as we can partake of in the presence and society of respectable friends; such as consist with and are favorable to a grateful piety; such as are chastened by self-respect, and are accompanied with the consciousness that life has a higher end than to be amused.
To give a generous hope to a man of his own nature, is to enrich him immeasurably.
Undoubtedly a man is to labor to better his condition, but first to better himself.