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.
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.
Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.
A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's.
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.
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.
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.
Party spirit enlists a man's virtues in the cause of his vices.
When men have become heartily wearied of licentious anarchy, their eagerness has been proportionately great to embrace the opposite extreme of rigorous despotism.
A fanatic, either, religious or political, is the subject of strong delusions.
As the telescope is not a substitute for, but an aid to, our sight, so revelation is not designed to supersede the use of reason, but to supply its deficiencies.
That is suitable to a man, in point of ornamental expense, not which he can afford to have, but which he can afford to lose.
Of all hostile feelings, envy is perhaps the hardest to be subdued, because hardly any one owns it even to himself, but looks out for one pretext after another to justify his hostility.
The tendency of party spirit has ever been to disguise and propagate and support error.
Men first make up their minds (and the smaller the mind the sooner made up), and then seek for the reasons; and if they chance to stumble upon a good reason, of course they do not reject it. But though they are right, they are only right by chance.
In our judgment of human transactions, the law of optics is reversed, we see most dimly the objects which are close around us.
The best security against revolution is in constant correction of abuses and the introduction of needed improvements. It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.
He that is not open to conviction is not qualified for discussion.
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