Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.
Personal courage is really a very subordinate virtue – a virtue, indeed, in which we are surpassed by the lower animals; or else you would not hear people say, as brave as a lion.
Men best show their character in trifles, where they are not on guard. It is in insignificant matters, and in the simplest habits, that we often see the boundless egotism which pays no regard to the feelings of others, and denies nothing to itself.
Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try to win another’s money. Idiots!
Any book which is at all important should be reread immediately.
One man is more concerned with the impression he makes on the rest of mankind, another with the impression the rest of mankind makes on him.
There is one respect in which brutes show real wisdom when compared with us – I mean their quiet, placid enjoyment of the present moment.
Much of the wisdom of one age is the folly of the next.
A word too much always defeats its purpose.
Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.