The most civilized people are as near to barbarism as the most polished steel is to rust. Nations, like metals, have only a superficial brilliancy.
Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future.
It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit.
Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech.
It has been very truly said that the mob has many heads, but no brains.
The absolute ruler may be a Nero, but he is sometimes a Titus or Marc Aurelius; the people is often Nero, but never Marc Aurelius.
Women read each other at a single glance.
Silence never yet betrayed any one!
Of every ten persons who talk about you, nine will say something bad, and the tenth will say something good in a bad way.
Brave men do not boast nor bluster. Deeds, not words, speak for such.
It is easy for men to write and talk like philosophers, but to act with wisdom, there is the rub!
The cunning tempter, by avoiding the grossness of vice, often silences objections.
A fool may have his coat embroidered with gold, but it is a fool's coat still.
The world is governed by love,--self-love.
That which happens to the soil when it ceases to be cultivated by the social man happens to man himself when he foolishly forsakes society for solitude; the brambles grow up in his desert heart.
The only thing wealth does for some people is to make them worry about losing it.
Cats don't caress us-they caress themselves on us.
The modest man has everything to gain, and the arrogant man everything to lose; for modesty has always to deal with generosity, and arrogance with envy.
The methods that help a man acquire a fortune are the very ones that keep him from enjoying it.
Mind is the partial side of men; the heart is everything.
Opinions, theories, and systems pass by turns over the grindstone of time, which at first gives them brilliancy and sharpness, but finally wears them out.
To lose one's self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes.
Gold like the sun, which melts wax, but hardens clay, expands great souls.
Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent.
It is a notable circumstance that mothers who are themselves open to severe comments as to their, moral character, are generally most solicitous as to the virtuous behavior of their daughters.
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