To know your ruling passion, examine your castles in the air.
Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.
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.
It is one thing to wish to have truth on our side, and another to wish sincerely to be on the side of truth.
Men are like sheep, of which a flock is more easily driven than a single one.
The power of duly appreciating little things belongs to a great mind.
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.
Manners are one of the greatest engines of influence ever given to man.
Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.
As the flower is before the fruit, so is faith before good works.
He only is exempt from failures who makes no efforts.
It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.
Good manners are a part of good morals.
A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune.
A man will never change his mind if he have no mind to change.
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.
Falsehood, like the dry-rot, flourishes the more in proportion as air and light are excluded.
Controversy, though always an evil in itself, is sometimes a necessary evil.
Honesty is the best policy; but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man.
Falsehood is difficult to be maintained. When the materials of a building are solid blocks of stone, very rude architecture will suffice; but a structure of rotten materials needs the most careful adjustment to make it stand at all.
Though not always called upon to condemn ourselves, it is always safe to suspect ourselves.
Some persons resemble certain trees, such as the nut, which flowers in February and ripens its fruit in September; or the juniper and the arbutus; which take a whole year or more to perfect their fruit; and others, the cherry, which takes between two an three months.
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