Such lovely warmth of thought and delicacy of colour are beyond all praise, and equally beyond all thanks!
I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night.
Nothing gives small minds a better handle for hatred than superiority.
There is no wealth but love.
Wealth acts merely as a kind of mirror to show you human nature at its worst.
What a fool cannot learn he laughs at, thinking that by his laughter he shows superiority instead of latent idiocy.
You should always be well and bright, for so you do your best work; and you have so much beautiful work to do. The world needs it, and you must give it!
Flowers are like visible messages from God.
An opinion which excites no opposition at all is not worth having!
Nothing is so deceptive as human reasoning, - nothing so slippery and reversible as what we have decided to call 'logic.' The truest compass of life is spiritual instinct.
Love clamors far more incessantly and passionately at a closed gate than an open one!
What was the use of trying to expound a truth, if the majority preferred a lie?
The Church is a system, - but whether it is as much founded on the teaching of our Lord, who was divine, as on the teaching of St. Paul, who was not divine, is a question to me of much perplexity.
Pleasure for others is the only pleasure possible to me. I assure you I'm quite selfish! - I'm greedy for the happiness of those I love - and if they can't or won't be happy I'm perfectly miserable.
There is no Death,/What seems so is transition.
Greatness is always envied - it is only mediocrity that can boast of a host of friends.
Great Poets discover themselves. Little Poets have to be 'discovered' by somebody else.
When one loves God better than the Church is one called a heretic?
Years should be nothing to you. Who asked you to count them or consider them? In the world of wild Nature, time is measured by seasons only-the bird does not know how old it is-the rose-tree does not count its birthdays!
Love, if it be love indeed, asks no permission as to where it shall seek vantage ground or gain its victory - it is of all powers the most unfettered and the one which takes the widest course of largest liberty.
No one is contented in this world, I believe. There is always something left to desire, and the last thing longed for always seems the most necessary to happiness.
I must not say what I truly think, or you will tell me I flatter you-but I can only speak what I feel-and very often I cannot even do that when the feeling is very deep.
Imagination is the supreme endowment of the poet and romanticist. It is a kind of second sight, which conveys the owner of it to places he has never seen, and surrounds him with strange circumstances of which he is merely the spiritual eyewitness.
There is nothing so depressing as a constant contemplation of one's self, and the greatest moral cowardice in the world's opinion comes from consulting one's own personal convenience.
nobody ever intends to be old.
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