The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.
We are largely the playthings of our fears. To one, fear of the dark; to another, of physical pain; to a third, of public ridicule; to a fourth, of poverty; to a fifth, of loneliness ... for all of us, our particular creature waits in ambush.
Had I children, my utmost endeavors would be to make them musicians.
This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.
The sure way of judging whether our first thoughts are judicious, is to sleep on them. If they appear of the same force the next morning as they did over night, and if good nature ratifies what good sense approves, we may be pretty sure we are in the right.
How well Shakespeare knew how to improve and exalt little circumstances, when he borrowed them from circumstantial or vulgar historians.
When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.
Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.
Serendipitous discoveries are made by chance, found without looking for them but possible only through a sharp vision and sagacity, ready to see the unexpected and never indulgent with the apparently unexplainable.
Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.
I know that I have had friends who would never have vexed or betrayed me, if they had walked on all fours.
Foolish writers and readers are created for each other.
I have often said, and oftener think, that this world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel – a solution of why Democritus laughed and Heraclitus wept.
He was persuaded he could know no happiness but in the society of one with whom he could for ever indulge the melancholy that had taken possession of his soul.
[The] taste [of the French] is too timid to be true taste--or is but half taste.
Exercise is the worst thing in the world and as bad an invention as gunpowder.
Two clergymen disputing whether ordination would be valid without the imposition of both hands, the more formal one said, "Do you think the Holy Dove could fly down with only one wing?
Lawyers and rogues are vermin not easily rooted out of a rich soil.
One of the greatest geniuses that ever existed,
Shakespeare, undoubtedly wanted taste.
Perhaps those, who, trembling most, maintain a dignity in their fate, are the bravest: resolution on reflection is real courage.
When Shakespeare copied chroniclers verbatim, it was because he knew they were good enough for his audiences. In a more polished age he who could so move our passions, could surely have performed the easier task of satisfying our taste.
Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony.
By deafness one gains in one respect more than one loses; one misses more nonsense than sense.
The best sun we have is made of Newcastle coal, and I am determined never to reckon upon any other.
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