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.
To act with common sense according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know.
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.
This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.
Had I children, my utmost endeavors would be to make them musicians.
History is a romance that is believed; romance, a history that is not believed.
Our [British] summers are often, though beautiful for verdure, so cold, that they are rather cold winters.
Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.
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.
Foolish writers and readers are created for each other.
Who has begun has half done. Have the courage to be wise. Begin!
Men are often capable of greater things than they perform - They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.
When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.
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.
Virtue knows to a farthing what it has lost by not having been vice.
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.
Cunning is neither the consequence of sense, nor does it give sense. A proof that it is not sense, is that cunning people never imagine that others can see through them. It is the consequence of weakness.
I know that I have had friends who would never have vexed or betrayed me, if they had walked on all fours.
This world is a comedy, not Life.
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.
I look upon paradoxes as the impotent efforts of men who, not having capacity to draw attention and celebrity from good sense, fly to eccentricities to make themselves noted.
How well Shakespeare knew how to improve and exalt little circumstances, when he borrowed them from circumstantial or vulgar historians.
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.
Perhaps those, who, trembling most, maintain a dignity in their fate, are the bravest: resolution on reflection is real courage.
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