People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
Men's hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only.
Good breeding differs, if at all, from high breeding only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others, rather than gracefully insists on its own rights.
Real good breeding, as the people have it here, is one of the finest things now going in the world. The careful avoidance of all discussion, the swift hopping from topic to topic, does not agree with me; but the graceful style they do it with is beyond that of minuets!
Variety is the condition of harmony.
No conquest can ever become permanent which does not show itself beneficial to the conquered as well as to the conquerors.
Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man.
No man sees far, most see no farther than their noses.
I have seen gleams in the face and eyes of the man that have let you look into a higher country.
A fair day's wages for a fair day's work.
Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser.
The greatest event for the world is the arrival of a new and wise person.
Wonder is the basis of worship.
A man perfects himself by working. Foul jungles are cleared away, fair seed-fields rise instead, and stately cities; and with the man himself first ceases to be a jungle, and foul unwholesome desert thereby. The man is now a man.
Our works are the mirror wherein the spirit first sees its natural lineaments, Hence, too, the folly of that impossible precept, Know thyself; till it be translated into this partially possible one, know what thou canst work at.
Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.
What you see, but can't see over is as good as infinite.
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.
A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards, but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads.
Our life is not really a mutual helpfulness; but rather, it's fair competition cloaked under due laws of war; it's a mutual hostility.
Don't judge men's wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance.
He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.
God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is my country!
Proclaim not all thou knowest, all thou knowest, all thou hast, nor all thou cans't.
He that hath a trade hath an estate; he that hath a calling hath an office of profit and honor.
The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.
She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.
God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.
Laws too gentle, are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
The things which hurt, instruct.
He that won't be counseled can't be helped.
Learn of the skillful; he that teaches himself, has a fool for his master.
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.
Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
Where liberty is, there is my country.
Lying rides upon debt's back.
I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first.
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