Tell me with whom thou art found, and I will tell thee who thou art.
Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.
While man’s desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err.
I hate all bungling like sin, but most of all bungling in state affairs, which produces nothing but mischief to thousands and millions.
Alas! how much there is in education, and in our social institutions, to prepare us and our children for insanity.
Energy will do anything that can be done in the world; and no talents, no circumstances, no opportunities will make a two-legged animal a man without it.
Beware of wishing for anything in youth, because you will get it in middle age.
How can you come to know yourself? Never by thinking; always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you’ll know right away what you amount to. And what is your duty? Whatever the day calls for.
One ought at least to hear a little melody every day, read a fine poem, see a good picture, and, if possible make a few sensible remarks.
Let us live is as small a circle as we will, we are either debtors or creditors before we have had time to look around.