The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor.
We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.
In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.
Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.
There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable.
Sensitiveness is closely allied to egotism; and excessive sensibility is only another name for morbid self-consciousness. The cure for tender sensibilities is to make more of our objects and less of our selves.
Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.
As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.
Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit.