Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves.
Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover
Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.
Should the whole frame of nature round him break, In ruin and confusion hurled, He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack, And stand secure amidst a falling world.
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.
In doing what we ought we deserve no praise.
Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.
Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in proper figures.
A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
A man’s first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.
It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
If you wish success in life, make perseverance you bosom friend, experience your wise councellor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.
Quick sensitivity is inseperable from a ready understanding.
Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind.
The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.
An empty desk is a sign of a cluttered desk drawer.
Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.
He who hesitates is lost.
Soon as the evening shades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale, And nightly to the listening earth Repeats the story of her birth.
Mirth is like a flash of lightning that breaks through a gloom of clouds and glitters for a moment.
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
What an absurd thing it is to pass over all the valuable parts of a man, and fix our attention on his infirmities.
True benevolence, or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathises with the distress of every creature capable of sensation
Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.
I am...I am constantly moving in the direction of higher evolutionary impulses, creativity, abstraction, and meaning.
We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us.
There is nothing that makes its way more directly into the soul than beauty.
Oh! think what anxious moments pass between The birth of plots, and their last fatal periods.
And, pleased th’ Almighty’s orders to perform, Rides in the whirl-wind, and directs the storm.
There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.
Reading is to the mind what exerise is to the body.