If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives us is a lantern on the stern which shines only on the waves behind us.
Is duty a mere sport, or an employ? Life an entrusted talent or a toy?
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.
Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.
He prayeth best who loveth best All things, both great and small.
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
Prose – words in their best order; Poetry – the best words in their best order.
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
The wise only possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.
The Sensual and the Dark rebel in vain, Slaves by their own compulsion! In mad game They burst their manacles and wear the name Of Freedom, graven on a heavier chain!