To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.
I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity.
Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'
Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.
A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this - that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made - not to understand - but to feel - as crime.
If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.
The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.
It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.
That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.
The generous Critic fann'd the Poet's fire, And taught the world with reason to admire.
In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.
I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect - in terror.
Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.