A bond is necessary to complete our being, only we must be careful that the bond does not become bondage.
A man may be as much a fool from the want of sensibility as the want of sense.
Accuracy of language is one of the bulwarks of truth.
All government, all exercise of power, no matter in what form, which is not based in love and directed by knowledge, is a tyranny.
All my experience of the world teaches me that in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred the safe side and the just side of a question is the generous side and the merciful side.
As the eye becomes blinded by fashion to positive deformity, so, through social conventionalism, the conscience becomes blinded to positive immorality.
As the rolling stone gathers no moss, so the roving heart gathers no affections.
Avarice is to the intellect what sensuality is to the morals.
Childhood sometimes does pay a second visit to man; youth never.
Conflict, which rouses up the best and highest powers in some characters, in others not only jars the whole being, but paralyzes the faculties.
Extreme vanity sometimes hides under the garb of ultra modesty.
Genius and sunshine have this in common that they are the two most precious gifts of heaven to earth, and are dispensed equally to the just and the unjust.
He that seeks popularity in art closes the door on his own genius: as he must needs paint for other minds, and not for his own.
In morals, what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion, what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.
In our relations with the people around us, we forgive them more readily for what they do, which they can help, than for what they are, which they cannot help.
It is not poverty so much as pretence that harasses a ruined man--the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse--the keeping up a hollow show that must soon come to an end. Have the courage to appear poor, and you disarm poverty of its sharpest sting.
Modesty and chastity are twins.
Nature and truth are one, and immutable, and inseparable as beauty and love.
Opinion has ever been stronger than law.
Reputation being essentially contemporaneous, is always at the mercy of the Envious and the Ignorant. But Fame, whose very birth is posthumous, and which is only known to exist by the echo of its footsteps through congenial minds, can neither be increased nor diminished by any degree of wilfulness.
Social opinion is like a sharp knife. There are foolish people who regard it only with terror, and dare not touch or meddle with it. There are more foolish people, who, in rashness or defiance, seize it by the blade, and get cut and mangled for their pains. And there are wise people, who grasp it discreetly and boldly by the handle, and use it to carve out their own purposes.
Talk without truth is the hollow brass; talk without love is like the tinkling cymbal, and when it does not tinkle it jingles, and when it does not jingle, it jars.
The distinction between talent and genius is definite. Talent combines and uses; genius combines and creates.
The moment one begins to solder right and wrong together, one's conscience becomes like a piece of plated goods.
There are brains so large that they unconsciously swamp all individualities ties which come in contact or too near, and brains so small that they cannot take in the conception of any other individuality as a whole, only in part or parts.
There are no such self-deceivers as those who think they reason when they only feel.
To reason from analogy is often dangerous, but to illustrate by a fanciful analogy is sometimes a means by which we light an idea, as it were, into the understanding of another.
We can sometimes love what we do not understand, but it is impossible completely to understand what we do not love.
What we earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are.
Whatever is morally wrong, is equally wrong in man and in woman and no virtue is to be cultivated in one sex, that is not equally required by the other.
When we talk of leaving our childhood behind us, we might as well say that the river flowing onward to the sea had left the fountain behind.
Where the vivacity of the intellect and the strength of the passions exceed the development of the moral faculties the character is likely to be embittered or corrupted by extremes, either of adversity or prosperity.
You must never believe what the newspapers say. I stand aghast at the impudence of the lies they contain, things not only false in fact, but absolutely impossible.
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