The eye speaks with an eloquence and truthfulness surpassing speech. It is the window out of which the winged thoughts often fly unwittingly. It is the tiny magic mirror on whose crystal surface the moods of feeling fitfully play, like the sunlight and shadow on a still stream.
Reason is not time only interpreter of life. The fountain of action is in time feelings.
There is more or less of pathos in all true beauty. The delight it awakens has an indefinable, and, as it were, luxurious sadness, which is perhaps one element of its might.
The soul, by an instinct stronger than reason, ever associates beauty with truth.
To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music; it is one of those things which it is far better to enjoy, than to attempt to fully understand.
Fashion seldom interferes with nature without diminishing her grace and efficiency.
To impress others we must be earnest; to amuse them, it is only necessary to be kindly and fanciful.
National enthusiasm is the nursery of genius.
Professed authors who overestimate their vocation are too full of themselves to be agreeable companions. The demands of their egotism are inveterate.
The man who becomes a critic by trade ceases, in reality, to be one at all.
It has been said that self-respect is the gate of heaven, and the most cursory observation shows that a degree of reserve adds vastly to the latent force of character.
Credulity is perhaps a weakness almost inseparable from eminently truthful characters.
The French have a significant saying, that a woman who buys her complexion will sell it.
The mind's only perfect vassal.
To be a good traveler argues one no ordinary philosopher. A sweet landscape must sometimes be allowed to atone for an indifferent supper, and an interesting ruin charm away the remembrance of a hard bed.
A pilgrimage is an admirable remedy for over-fastidiousness and sickly refinement.
Far better one unpurchased heart than glory's proudest name.
There are beauties of character which, like the night-blooming cereus, are closed against the glare and turbulence of every-day life, and bloom only in shade and solitude, and beneath the quiet stars.
Literature is so common a luxury that the age has grown fastidious.
There is a policy in manner. I have heard one, not inexperienced in the pursuit of fame, give it his earnest support, as being the surest passport to absolute and brilliant success.
Without the definiteness of sculpture and painting, music is, for that very reason, far more suggestive. Like Milton's Eve, an outline, an impulse, is furnished, and the imagination does the rest.
There is to the poetical sense a ravishing prophecy and winsome intimation in flowers that now and then, from the influence of mood of circumstance, reasserts itself like the reminiscence of childhood, or the spell of love.
No man flatters the woman he truly loves.
Do not give to thy friends the most agreeable counsels, but the most advantageous.
Society is the offspring of leisure; and to acquire this forms the only rational motive for accumulating wealth, notwithstanding the cant that prevails on the subject of labor.
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