What a blessed thing it is, that Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left!
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.
The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.
Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.
Our brains are seventy-year clocks. The Angel of Life winds them up once for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hand of the Angel of the Resurrection.
A woman never forgets her sex. She would rather talk with a man than an angel, any day.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.
A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!
Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air.
The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think.
A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.