Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.
The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.
Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.
The curse of modern times is, that almost everything does create controversy.
Life is a farce, and should not end with a mourning scene.
Who has begun has half done. Have the courage to be wise. Begin!
The best philosophy is to do one's duties, take the world as it comes, submit respectfully to one's lot; bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it.
Foolish writers and readers are created for each other.
This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.
We are largely the playthings of our fears. To one, fear of the dark; to another, of physical pain; to a third, of public ridicule; to a fourth, of poverty; to a fifth, of loneliness ... for all of us, our particular creature waits in ambush.
To act with common sense according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know.
Old friends are the great blessings of one's later years. Half a word conveys one's meaning. They have a memory of the same events, have the same mode of thinking. I have young relations that may grow upon me, for my nature is affectionate, but can they grow To Be old friends?
History is a romance that is believed; romance, a history that is not believed.
Serendipity... You will understand it better by the derivation than by the definition. I once read a silly fairy tale, called 'The Three Princes of Serendip': as their Highnesses traveled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of.
In science, mistakes always precede the truth
The wisest prophets make sure of the event first.
I have often said, and oftener think, that this world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - a solution of why Democritus laughed and Heraclitus wept.
Mystery is the wisdom of blockheads.
Cunning is neither the consequence of sense, nor does it give sense. A proof that it is not sense, is that cunning people never imagine that others can see through them. It is the consequence of weakness.
Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.
We often repent of our first thoughts, and scarce ever of our second.
I can forgive injuries, but never benefits.
The sure way of judging whether our first thoughts are judicious, is to sleep on them. If they appear of the same force the next morning as they did over night, and if good nature ratifies what good sense approves, we may be pretty sure we are in the right.
The contempt of money is no more a virtue than to wash one's hand is one; but one does not willingly shake hands with a man that never washes his.
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