It is not doing the things we like to do, liking the thing we have to do that makes life blessed.
Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.
The persons born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
A collection of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions
Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished
I think that I am better than the people who are trying to reform me.
The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit - this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden
To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed that can make life a garden.
Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes
If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.
The way you see people is the way you treat them and the way you treat them is what they become.
He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home
Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.
This is the true measure of love, When we believe that we alone can love, That no one could ever have loved so before us, And that no one will ever love in the same way after us.
The deed is everything, the glory nothing.
It is in self-imitation that a master first shows himself.
Behavior is a mirror in which every one displays his own image.
We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world
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