The only true source of politeness is consideration.
Our true acquisitions lie only in our charities - we gain only as we give.
It should console us for the fact that sin has not totally disappeared from the world, that the saints are not wholly deprived of employment.
The only true source of politeness is consideration,--that vigilant moral sense which never loses sight of the rights, the claims, and the sensibilities of others. This is the one quality, over all others, necessary to make a gentleman.
Better that we should err in action than wholly refuse to perform. The storm is so much better than the calm, as it declares the presence of a living principle. Stagnation is something worse than death. It is corruption also.
The effect of character is always to command consideration. We sport and toy and laugh with men or women who have none, but we never confide in them.
I listen to them freely and with all the respect merited by their intelligence, their character, their knowledge, reserving always my incontestable right of criticism and censure.
But for that blindness which is inseparable from malice, what terrible powers of evil would it possess! Fortunately for the world, its venom, like that of the rattlesnake, when most poisonous, clouds the eye of the reptile, and defeats its aim.
The only rational liberty is that which is born of subjection, reared in the fear of God and the love of man.
No errors of opinion can possibly be dangerous in a country where opinion is left free to grapple with them.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Distinction is an eminence that is attained but too frequently at the expense of a fireside.
Our cares are the mothers, not only of our charities And virtues, but of our best joys and most cheering and enduring pleasures.
The birth of a child is the imprisonment of a soul. The soul must work its way out of prison, and, in doing so, provide itself with wings for a future journey. It is for each of us to determine whether our wings shall be those of an angel or a grub!
Our possessions are wholly in our performances. He owns nothing to whom the world owes nothing.
The wonder is not that the world is so easily governed, but that so small a number of persons will suffice for the purpose. There are dead weights in political and legislative bodies as in clocks, and hundreds answer as pulleys who would never do for politicians.
The proverb answers where the sermon fails.
We must calculate not on the weather, nor on fortune, but upon God and ourselves. He may fail us in the gratification of our wishes, but never in the encounter with our exigencies.
Tears are the natural penalties of pleasure. It is a law that we should pay for all that we enjoy.
Solitude bears the same relation to the mind that sleep does to the body. It affords it the necessary opportunities for repose and recovery.
Have I done anything for society? I have then done more for myself. Let that question and truth be always present to thy mind, and work without cessation.
The amiable is a duty most certainly, but must not be exercised at the expense of any of the virtues. He who seeks to do the amiable always, can only be successful at the frequent expense of his manhood.
Genius is the very eye of intellect and the wing of thought; it is always in advance of its time, and is the pioneer for the generation which it precedes.
To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.
Neither praise nor blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe and honestly to award - these are the true aims and duties of criticism.
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