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.
Controversy, though always an evil in itself, is sometimes a necessary evil.
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.
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.
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 the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.
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.
Honesty is the best policy; but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man.
Great affectation and great absence of it are at first sight very similar.
Though not always called upon to condemn ourselves, it is always safe to suspect ourselves.
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.
We may print, but not stereotype, our opinions.
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.
The relief that is afforded to mere want, as want, tends to increase that want.
If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.
The censure of frequent and long parentheses has led writers into the preposterous expedient of leaving out the marks by which they are indicated. It is no cure to a lame man to take away his crutches.
The first requisite of style, not only in rhetoric, but in all compositions, is perspicuity.
There is no right faith in believing what is true, unless we believe it because it is true.
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