The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
The smoothest curled courtier in the boudoirs of a palace has an animal nature, rude and aboriginal as a white bear.
We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
Good is positive. Evil is merely privative, not absolute: it is like cold, which is the privation of heat. All evil is so much death or nonentity. Benevolence is absolute and real. So much benevolence as a man hath, so much life hath he.
Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.
Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.
Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.
As we are, so we associate. The good, by affinity, seek the good; the vile, by affinity, the vile. Thus of their own volition, souls proceed into Heaven, into Hell.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'always do what you are afraid to do.'
There is a blessed necessity by which the interest of men is always driving them to the right; and, again, making all crime mean and ugly.
The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
All diseases run into one, old age.
Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.
The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.