A person who can't pay gets another person who can't pay to guarantee that he can pay. Like a person with two wooden legs getting another person with two wooden legs to guarantee that he has got two natural legs. It don't make either of them able to do a walking-match.
May not the complaint, that common people are above their station, often take its rise in the fact of uncommon people being below theirs?
It's my old girl that advises. She has the head. But I never own to it before her. Discipline must be maintained.
The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.
The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.
The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.
Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.
Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you have him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.
To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.
There are not a few among the disciples of charity who require, in their vocation, scarcely less excitement than the votaries of pleasure in theirs.
Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.
Credit is a system whereby a person who can not pay gets another person who can not pay to guarantee that he can pay.
It is a pleasant thing to reflect upon, and furnishes a complete answer to those who contend for the gradual degeneration of the human species, that every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.