A corrupt practice may be abolished, but a soiled imagination is not easily cleansed.
A slowness to applaud betrays a cold temper or an envious spirit.
Affliction is the school in which great virtues are acquired, in which great characters are formed.
All reformations seem formidable before they are attempted.
Commending a right thing is a cheap substitute for doing it, with which we are too apt to satisfy ourselves.
Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty.
Forgiveness saves the expense of anger.
Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.
Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper.
If I wished to punish my enemy, I should make him hate somebody.
It is not so important to know everything as to know the exact value of everything, to appreciate what we learn and to arrange what we know.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
Pride never sleeps. The principle at least is always awake. An intemperate man is sometimes sober, but a proud man is never humble.
Rage is for little wrongs; despair is dumb.
Sow an action, reap a habit.
Temptation does not make the sin, it lies ready in the heart.
The abuse of terms has at all times been an evil.
The ingenuity of self-deception is inexhaustible.
The keen spirit seizes the prompt occasion.
The world does not require so much to be informed as to be reminded.
Those who want nothing are apt to forget how many there are who want every thing.
We do not so much want books for good people, as books which will make bad ones better.
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