All... religions show the same disparity between belief and practice, and each is safe till it tries to exclude the rest.
Character shows itself apart from genius as a special thing. The first point of measurement of any man is that of quality.
Do not waste a minute- not a second- in trying to demonstrate to others the merits of your performance. If your work does not vindicate itself, you cannot vindicate it.
Fields are won by those who believe in the winning.
Genius is lonely without the surrounding presence of a people to inspire it.
Great men are rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges.
How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!
How much that the world calls selfishness is only generosity with narrow walls- a too exclusive solicitude to maintain a wife in luxury, or make one's children rich.
In an audience of rough people a generous sentiment always brings down the house. In the tumult of war both sides applaud a heroic deed.
Life is as inexorable as the sea.
Many persons sigh for death when it seems far off, but the inclination vanishes when the boat upsets, or the locomotive runs off the track, or the measles set it.
Noble discontent is the path to heaven.
Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.
That genius is feeble which cannot hold its own before the masterpieces of the world.
The most fertile soil does not necessarily produce the most abundant harvest. It is the use we make of our faculties which renders them valuable.
There is certainly no defense or water-proof garment against adverse fortune which is, on the whole, so effectual as an habitual sense of humor. The man who has it can rarely be cast down for a great while by external events; and it is much the same with a nation.
To be really cosmopolitan a man must be at home even in his own country.
When a thought takes one's breath away, a lesson on grammar seems an impertinence.
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