Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.
All that is literature seeks to communicate power
Kings should disdain to die, and only disappear.
Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities will always be the favorite beverage of the intellectual.
Grief even in a child hates the light and shrinks from human eyes.
The whole body of the arts and sciences composes one vast machinery for the irritation and development of the human intellect.
Dyspepsy is the ruin of most things: empires, expeditions, and everything else.
But my way of writing is rather to think aloud, and follow my own humours, than much to consider who is listening to me; and, if I stop to consider what is proper to be said to this or that person, I shall soon come to doubt whether any part at all is proper.
The public is a bad guesser.
In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage.
Thou hast the keys of Paradise, oh, just, subtle, and mighty opium!
Mathematics has not a foot to stand upon which is not purely metaphysical.
Flowers that are so pathetic in their beauty, frail as the clouds, and in their coloring as gorgeous as the heavens, had through thousands of years been the heritage of children - honored as the jewelry of God....
The peace of nature and of the innocent creatures of god seems to be secure and deep, only so long as the presence of man and his restless and unquiet spirit are not there to trouble its sanctity.
It was a Sunday afternoon, wet and cheerless; and a duller spectacle this earth of ours has not to show than a rainy Sunday in London.
So, then, Oxford Street, stonyhearted stepmother, thou that listenest to the sighs of orphans, and drinkest the tears of children, at length I was dismissed from thee.
All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.
I feel that there is no such thing as ultimate forgetting; traces once impressed upon the memory are indestructible.
It is notorious that the memory strengthens as you lay burdens upon it, and becomes trustworthy as you trust it.
The laughter of girls is, and ever was, among the delightful sounds of earth.
No progressive knowledge will ever medicine that dread misgiving of a mysterious and pathless power given to words of a certain import.
The science of style as an organ of thought, of style in relation to the ideas and feelings, might be called the organology of style.
Out of the ruined lodge and forgotten mansion, bowers that are trodden under foot, and pleasure-houses that are dust, the poet calls up a palingenesis.
It is one of the misfortunes in life that one must read thousands of books only to discover that one need not have read them.
Everlasting farewells! and again, and yet again reverberated everlasting farewells!
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