Truth is like heat or light; its vibrations are endless, and are endlessly felt.
Nobody who is somebody looks down on anybody.
Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. It's a spiritual dissipation.
Twenty-five years ago, Christmas was not the burden that it is now; there was less haggling and weighing, less quid pro quo, less fatigue of body, less weariness of soul; and, most of all, there was less loading up with trash.
As soon as you feel too old to do a thing, do it.
A letter is a risky thing; the writer gambles on the reader's frame of mind.
One must desire something to be alive; perhaps absolute satisfaction is only another name for Death.
One must desire something to be alive.
I have heard that a man might be his own lawyer, but you can't be your own judge.
You can't have genius without patience.
men love their wives not because of their virtues, but in spite of them.
A pint can't hold a quart - if it holds a pint it is doing all that can be expected of it.
... there must be reserves -- except with God. The human soul is solitary. But for confession that is different; justice and reparation sometimes demand it; but, again, justice and courage sometimes forbid it.
Fighting should be left to dogs and cats and chickens, who can't reason.
Hearts don't come when Reason whistles to 'em.
gossip, after it reaches a certain point of insult and falsehood, becomes a source of amusement to its victims.
... in a wicked way, it is an incentive to good living to observe the spice of enjoyment there is to a godly soul in a very little sin.
... is there anything more unjust than to build gold and brass and iron on poor, well-meaning clay, -- and then blame the clay when the whole image falls into dust?
... it is curious how fatal it is, either to a situation or to an individual, or even to a name, if in an evil moment it becomes funny.
... perhaps there is no conceit so arrogant as the conceit which follows a conviction of emancipation.
The fact is, the secret of happiness is the sense of proportion ...
Nature is perfectly impartial. Brain has no sex!
... safety that depends on an apron-string is very unsafe!
Age, with shamefaced relief, has learned the solvent quality of Time. It is this quality which makes possible the contemplation of certain embarrassing heavenly reunions ...
I've always thought the law ought to put on spectacles, it has mighty poor eyesight once in a while.
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