To know your ruling passion, examine your castles in the air.
Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.
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.
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.
Manners are one of the greatest engines of influence ever given to man.
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.
A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's.
Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.
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.
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.
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 men's reputation seems like seed-wheat, which thrives best when brought from a distance.
It is a good plan, with a young person of a character to be much affected by ludicrous and absurd representations, to show him plainly by examples that there is nothing which may not be thus represented. He will hardly need to be told that everything is not a mere joke.
Christianity, contrasted with the Jewish system of emblems, is truth in the sense of reality, as substance is opposed to shadows, and, contrasted with heathen mythology, is truth as opposed to falsehood.
Trust, therefore, for the overcoming of a difficulty, not to long-continued study after you have once become bewildered, but to repeated trials at intervals.
When a man says he wants to work, what he means is that he wants wages.
Superstition is not, as has been defined, an excess of religious feeling, but a misdirection of it, an exhausting of it on vanities of man's devising.
Men are like sheep, of which a flock is more easily driven than a single one.
One way in which fools succeed where wise men fail is that through ignorance of the danger they sometimes go coolly about a hazardous business.
If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.
Proverbs accordingly are somewhat analogous to those medical Formulas which, being in frequent use, are kept ready-made-up in the chemists’ shops, and which often save the framing of a distinct Prescription.
A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune.
The first requisite of style, not only in rhetoric, but in all compositions, is perspicuity.
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