I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.
Laughter -- An interior convulsion, producing a distortion of the features and accompanied by inarticulate noises. It is infectious and, though intermittent, incurable.
Life. A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.
An acquaintance is someone we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking.
The world has suffered more from the ravages of ill-advised marriages than from virginity.
Before undergoing a surgical operation, arrange your temporal affairs. You may live.
An accident is an inevitable occurrence due to the actions of immutable natural laws.
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
A day for toil, an hour for sport, but for a friend is life too short.
I do then with my friends as I do with my books. I would have them where I can find them, but I seldom use them.
I didn't find my friends; the good Lord gave them to me.
Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.
The chief mourner does not always attend the funeral.
It is always so pleasant to be generous, though very vexatious to pay debts.
Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.
The greatest genius is the most indebted person.
The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue; and no genius can long or often utter anything which is not invited and gladly entertained by men around him.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men -- that is genius.
Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.
A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.
Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman -- repose in energy.
The only gift is a portion of thyself.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
There is this to be said in favor of drinking, that it takes the drunkard first out of society, then out of the world.
In America the geography is sublime, but the men are not; the inventions are excellent, but the inventors one is sometimes ashamed of.
I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship.
We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.
The intellectual man requires a fine bait; the sots are easily amused. But everybody is drugged with his own frenzy, and the pageant marches at all hours, with music and banner and badge.
Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.
'Tis the old secret of the gods that they come in low disguises.
The dice of God are always loaded.
There is a crack in everything God has made.
Them meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.
It is very hard to be simple enough to be good.
The less government we have the better.
Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind.
The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.
As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven, it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape.
John Lancaster Spalding, Aphoris
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