To know your ruling passion, examine your castles in the air.
Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.
The power of duly appreciating little things belongs to a great mind.
It is one thing to wish to have truth on our side, and another to wish sincerely to be on the side of truth.
In our judgment of human transactions, the law of optics is reversed, we see most dimly the objects which are close around us.
As the telescope is not a substitute for, but an aid to, our sight, so revelation is not designed to supersede the use of reason, but to supply its deficiencies.
To teach one who has no curiosity to learn, is to sow a field without ploughing it.
A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's.
Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.
Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry gets the best of the argument.
Men are like sheep, of which a flock is more easily driven than a single one.
Manners are one of the greatest engines of influence ever given to man.
As the flower is before the fruit, so is faith before good works.
A man will never change his mind if he have no mind to change.
He only is exempt from failures who makes no efforts.
A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune.
Men first make up their minds (and the smaller the mind the sooner made up), and then seek for the reasons; and if they chance to stumble upon a good reason, of course they do not reject it. But though they are right, they are only right by chance.
It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.
Persecution is not wrong because it is cruel; but it is cruel because it is wrong.
The first requisite of style, not only in rhetoric, but in all compositions, is perspicuity.
If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.
Good manners are a part of good morals.
Falsehood, like the dry-rot, flourishes the more in proportion as air and light are excluded.
Honesty is the best policy; but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man.
Habits are formed, not at one stroke, but gradually and insensibly; so that, unless vigilant care be employed, a great change may come over the character without our being conscious of any.
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