No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.
How many of us have been attracted to reason; first learned to think, to draw conclusions, to extract a moral from the follies of life, by some dazzling aphorism.
What is past is past, there is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone.
Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.
In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.
There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.
Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.
It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.
A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.