When I am lonely for boys what I miss is their bodies. The smell of their skin, its saltiness. The rough whisper of stubble against my cheek. The strong firm hands, the way they rest on the curve of my back.
Whenever you hold a fellow creature in distress, remember that he is a man.
Seneca (Seneca the Elder)
What were once vices are the fashion of the day.
Why do people not confess vices? It is because they have not yet laid them aside. It is a waking person only who can tell their dreams.
All cruelty springs from weakness.
The sun also shines on the wicked.
No action will be considered blameless, unless the will was so, for by the will the act was dictated.
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life -- in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.
When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.
It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.
A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.
Happy the man who can endure the highest and the lowest fortune. He, who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity, has deprived misfortune of its power.
Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets just like love or liquor.
Courage leads to heaven; fear leads to death.
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
The crowning blessing of life is to be born with a bias to some pursuit.
S. G. Tallentyre
She is such a good friend that she would throw all her acquaintances into the water for the pleasure of fishing them out again.
CharlesMaurice de Talleyrand
Love of glory can only create a great hero; contempt of glory creates a great man.
I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.
Merit, however inconsiderable, should be sought for and rewarded. Methods are the master of masters.
Too much sensibility creates unhappiness and too much insensibility creates crime.
Ones reputation is like a shadow, it is gigantic when it precedes you, and a pigmy in proportion when it follows.
The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him, and pigmy in its proportions when it follows.
Speech has been given to man to disguise his thoughts.
If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.
In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.
The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.
Sir William Temple
There cannot live a more unhappy creature than an ill-natured old man, who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of conferring them on others.
The first glass is for myself, the second for my friends, the third for good humor, and the forth for my enemies.
When all is done, human life is, at the greatest and the best, but like a froward child, that must be played with and humored a little to keep it quiet till it falls asleep, and then the care is over.
No one ever was a great poet, that applied himself much to anything else.
We shall say without hesitation that the atheist who is moved by love is moved by the Spirit of God; an atheist who lives by love is saved by his faith in the God whose existence (under that name) he denies.
When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't, they don't.
The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered.
Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed
Who ever converses among old books will be hard to please among the new.
Our present time is indeed a criticizing and critical time, hovering between the wish, and the inability to believe. Our complaints are like arrows shot up into the air at no target: and with no purpose they only fall back upon our own heads and destroy ourselves.
The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit.
Authority forgets a dying king.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
God's finger touched him and he slept.
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