It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.
One half of the world must sweat and groan that the other half may dream.
Some critics are like chimneysweepers; they put out the fire below, and frighten the swallows from their nests above; they scrape a long time in the chimney, cover themselves with soot, and bring nothing away but a bag of cinders, and then sing from the top of the house as if they had built it.
In this world a man must be either anvil or hammer.
Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled by great ambitions.
A word that has been said may be unsaid – it is but air. But when a deed is done, it cannot be undone, nor can our thoughts reach out to all the mischiefs that may follow.
Kneeling in prayer, and not ashamed to pray, The tumult of the time disconsolate To inarticulate murmurs dies away, While the eternal ages watch and wait.
For his heart was in his work, and the heart Giveth grace unto every Art.
The star of the unconquered will, He rises in my breast, Serene, and resolute, and still, And calm, and self-possessed.
Enjoy the spring of love and youth, To some good angel leave the rest; For time will teach thee soon the truth, There are no birds in last year’s nest.