To know your ruling passion, examine your castles in the air.
Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.
Manners are one of the greatest engines of influence ever given to man.
A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune.
A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's.
Controversy, though always an evil in itself, is sometimes a necessary evil.
Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.
It is generally true that all that is required to make men unmindful of what they owe to God for any blessing, is, that they should receive that blessing often and regularly.
It is quite possible, and not uncommon, to read most laboriously, even so as to get by heart the words of a book, without really studying it at all,--that is, without employing the thoughts on the subject.
Falsehood is difficult to be maintained. When the materials of a building are solid blocks of stone, very rude architecture will suffice; but a structure of rotten materials needs the most careful adjustment to make it stand at all.
He only is exempt from failures who makes no efforts.
Sophistry, like poison, is at once detected and nauseated, when presented to us in a concentrated form; but a fallacy which, when stated barely in a few sentences, would not deceive a child, may deceive half the world, if diluted in a quarto volume.
To be always thinking about your manners is not the way to make them good; the very perfection of manners is not to think about yourself.
It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.
Some persons resemble certain trees, such as the nut, which flowers in February and ripens its fruit in September; or the juniper and the arbutus; which take a whole year or more to perfect their fruit; and others, the cherry, which takes between two an three months.
Honesty is the best policy; but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man.
As a science, logic institutes an analysis of the process of the mind in reasoning, and investigating the principles on which argumentation is conducted; as an art, it furnishes such rules as may be derived from those principles, for guarding against erroneous deductions.
No one complains of the rules of Grammar as fettering Language; because it is understood that correct use is not founded on Grammar, but Grammar on correct use. A just system of Logic or of Rhetoric is analogous, in this respect, to Grammar..
Galileo probably would have escaped persecution if his discoveries could have been disproved.
Persecution is not wrong because it is cruel; but it is cruel because it is wrong.
Of Rhetoric various definitions have been given by different writers; who, however, seem not so much to have disagreed in their conceptions of the nature of the same thing, as to have had different things in view while they employed the same term.
The Eastern monarch who proclaimed a reward to him who should discover a new pleasure, would have deserved well of mankind had he stipulated that it should be blameless.
It may be said, almost without qualification, that true wisdom consists in the ready and accurate perception of analogies. Without the former quality, knowledge of the past is unobstructive: without the latter it is deceptive.
The power of duly appreciating little things belongs to a great mind...
The love of admiration leads to fraud, much more than the love of commendation; but, on the other hand, the latter is much more likely to spoil our: good actions by the substitution of an inferior motive.
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