Our weaknesses are the indigenous produce of our characters; but our strength is the forced fruit.
We have a reading, a talking, and a writing public. When shall we have a thinking?
People are always willing to follow advice when it accords with their own wishes.
Genius is the gold in the mine, talent is the miner who works and brings it out.
... I never will allow myself to form an ideal of any person I desire to see, for disappointment never fails to ensue.
Satire, like conscience, reminds us of what we often wish to forget.
There are no persons capable of stooping so low as those who desire to rise in the world.
Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight ...
When the sun shines on you, you see your friends. It requires sunshine to be seen by them to advantage!
The most certain mode of making people content with us is to make them content with themselves.
Flattery, if judiciously administered, is always acceptable.
Wit lives in the present, but genius survives the future.
People seem to lose all respect for the past; events succeed each other with such velocity that the most remarkable one of a few years gone by, is no more remembered than if centuries had closed over it.
A German writer observes: "The noblest characters only show themselves in their real light. All others act comedy with their fellow-men even unto the grave.
Only vain people wage war against the vanity of others.
When we find that we are not liked, we assert that we are not understood; when probably the dislike we have excited proceeds from our being too fully comprehended.
Pleasure is like a cordial - a little of it is not injurious, but too much destroys.
To amend mankind, moralists should show them man, not as he is, but as he ought to be.
A poor man defended himself when charged with stealing food to appease the cravings of hunger, saying, the cries of the stomach silenced those of the conscience.
Men who would persecute others for religious opinions, prove the errors of their own.
One of the most marked characteristics of our day is a reckless neglect of principles, and a rigid adherence to their semblance.
Spring is the season of hope, and autumn is that of memory.
Imagination, which is the Eldorado of the poet and of the novel-writer, often proves the most pernicious gift to the individuals who compose the talkers instead of the writers in society.
Conversation is the legs on which thought walks; and writing, the wings by which it flies.
alas! there is no casting anchor in the stream of time!
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