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.
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.
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.
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.
How well Shakespeare knew how to improve and exalt little circumstances, when he borrowed them from circumstantial or vulgar historians.
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.
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.
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.
In science, mistakes always precede the truth
Who has begun has half done. Have the courage to be wise. Begin!
I firmly believe, notwithstanding all our complaints, that almost every person upon earth tastes upon the totality more happiness than misery.
I can forgive injuries, but never benefits.
Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school.
I never found even in my juvenile hours that it was necessary to go a thousand miles in search of themes for moralizing.
I do not admire politicians; but when they are excellent in their way, one cannot help allowing them their due.
It was said of old Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, that she never puts dots over her I s, to save ink.
By deafness one gains in one respect more than one loses; one misses more nonsense than sense.
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