There are three wants which can never be satisfied: that of the rich, who want something more; that of the sick, who want something different; and that of the traveler, who says, Anywhere but here.
Dreams and beasts are two keys by which we find out the keys of our own nature.
Every man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well.
Difficulties exist to be surmounted.
Beware of what you want – for you will get it.
One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.
The effects of opposition are wonderful. There are men who rise refreshed on hearing of a threat – men to whom a crisis which intimidates and paralyzes the majority, comes graceful and beloved as a bride!
The worthless and offensive members of society, whose existence is a social pest, invariably think themselves the most ill-used people alive, and never get over their astonishment at the ingratitude and selfishness of their contemporaries.
English history is aristocracy with the doors open. Who has courage and faculty, let him come in.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and rootpuller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.