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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Honesty is the best policy; but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man.
Some men's reputation seems like seed-wheat, which thrives best when brought from a distance.
When men have become heartily wearied of licentious anarchy, their eagerness has been proportionately great to embrace the opposite extreme of rigorous despotism.
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.
It is a remarkable circumstance in reference to cunning persons that they are often deficient not only in comprehensive, far-sighted wisdom, but even in prudent, cautious circumspection.
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.
Controversy, though always an evil in itself, is sometimes a necessary evil.
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.
Great affectation and great absence of it are at first sight very similar.
Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth.
Unless people can be kept in the dark, it is best for those who love the truth to give them the full light.
He that is not open to conviction is not qualified for discussion.
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