It is not enough to be ready to go where duty calls. A man should stand around where he can hear the call!
Extreme busyness, whether at school or college, kirk or market, is a symptom of deficient vitality; and a faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for living.
Our affections and beliefs are wiser than we; the best that is in us is better than we can understand; for it is grounded beyond experience, and guides us, blindfold but safe, from one age on to another.
He who has learned to love an art or science has wisely laid up riches against the day of riches.
Is there anything in life so disenchanting as achievement?
A generous prayer is never presented in vain; the petition may be refused, but the petitioner is always, I believe, rewarded by some gracious visitation.
The Saints are the Sinners who keep on trying.
Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.
Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes.