Definition of are

"are" in the noun sense

1. are, ar

a unit of surface area equal to 100 square meters

"are" in the verb sense

1. be

have the quality of being (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun

"John is rich"

"This is not a good answer"

2. be

be identical to be someone or something

"The president of the company is John Smith"

"This is my house"

3. be

occupy a certain position or area be somewhere

"Where is my umbrella?"

"The toolshed is in the back"

"What is behind this behavior?"

4. exist, be

have an existence, be extant

"Is there a God?"

5. be

happen, occur, take place this was during the visit to my parents' house"

"I lost my wallet

"There were two hundred people at his funeral"

"There was a lot of noise in the kitchen"

6. equal, be

be identical or equivalent to

"One dollar equals 1,000 rubles these days!"

7. constitute, represent, make up, comprise, be

form or compose

"This money is my only income"

"The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"

"These constitute my entire belonging"

"The children made up the chorus"

"This sum represents my entire income for a year"

"These few men comprise his entire army"

8. be, follow

work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function

"He is a herpetologist"

"She is our resident philosopher"

9. embody, be, personify

represent, as of a character on stage

"Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"

10. be

spend or use time

"I may be an hour"

11. be, live

have life, be alive

"Our great leader is no more"

"My grandfather lived until the end of war"

12. be

to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted

13. cost, be

be priced at

"These shoes cost $100"

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Quotations for are

Cowards are cruel. [ Proverb ]

None are all evil. [ Byron ]

Debtors are liars. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Ideas are pitiless. [ Lamartine ]

Thoughts are winged. [ William Shakespeare ]

All men are not men. [ Proverb ]

New things are fair. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Better are small fish
Than an empty dish. [ Proverb ]

Parents are patterns. [ Proverb ]

March birds are best. [ Proverb ]

Friends are ourselves. [ John Donne ]

Great men are sincere. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Laugh, if you are wise. [ Mart ]

Old men are soon angry. [ Proverb ]

Widows are always rich. [ Proverb ]

Words are fools' pence. [ Proverb ]

Men are led by trifles. [ Napoleon ]

Comparisons are odious. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

The people are the city. [ Coriolanus ]

Graves are of all sizes. [ Proverb ]

Vices are seldom single. [ Robert Hall ]

Hid jewels are but lost. [ Quarles ]

They are hand and glove. [ Proverb ]

Fools are not mad folks. [ Shakespeare ]

How silent are the winds! [ Barry Cornwall ]

The miserable are sacred. [ Seneca ]

Women are an aristocracy. [ Michelet ]

Liars are verbal forgers. [ Chatfield ]

Books are embalmed minds. [ Bovee ]

All your geese are swans. [ Proverb ]

Moderate things are best. [ Proverb ]

Second thoughts are best. [ Proverb ]

Be merry if you are wise. [ Martial ]

Fools are without number. [ Erasmus ]

Books which are no books. [ Charles Lamb ]

They are finger and thumb. [ Proverb ]

The dead are past feeling. [ Proverb ]

Facts are stubborn things. [ Smollett or Le Sage or Elliot ]

They are clove and orange. [ Proverb ]

Talkers are no good doers. [ William Shakespeare, Richard III ]

Innovations are dangerous. [ Proverb ]

Some syllables are swords. [ Henry Vaughan ]

Good men are a public good. [ Proverb ]

Drawn wells are seldom dry. [ Proverb ]

Old sores are hardly cured. [ Proverb ]

Possibilities are infinite. [ Proverb ]

Ah! how happy the dead are! [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Lame hares are ill to help. [ Proverb ]

Words, however, are things. [ Owen Meredith ]

Remember you are but a man. [ Proverb ]

All things are full of God. [ Cicero ]

Matches are made in heaven. [ Burton ]

What silly people wits are! [ Beaumarchais ]

Bald heads are soon shaven. [ Proverb ]

Critics all are ready made. [ Byron ]

We are religious by nature. [ Charles H. Parkhurst ]

Proverbs are potted wisdom. [ Charles Buxton ]

Dreams are rudiments
Of the great state to come.
We dream what is
About to happen. [ Bailey ]

Ill doers are ill thinkers. [ Proverb ]

Dogs are fine in the field. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Dogs bark as they are bred. [ Proverb ]

Still people are dangerous. [ La Fontaine ]

All men are poets at heart. [ Emerson ]

Old men are twice children. [ Proverb ]

Liars and wits are cowards. [ Proverb ]

Great souls are harmonious. [ Joseph Roux ]

Words are but empty thanks. [ Colley Gibber ]

Auld folk are twice bairns. [ Scotch Proverb ]

All women are equal in love.

Hell is empty.
And all the devils are here. [ William Shakespeare ]

Great pleasures are serious. [ Voltaire ]

We look before and after,
And sigh for what is not.
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught:
Our sweetest songs are those
that tell of saddest thought [ Shelley ]

All are fellows at football. [ Proverb ]

Little goods are soon spent. [ Proverb ]

Divorces are made in heaven. [ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest ]

Blots are no blots till hit. [ Proverb ]

The winds are out of breath. [ Dryden ]

Our waking dreams are fatal. [ Young ]

Great marks are soonest hit. [ Proverb ]

There are many ways to fame. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Arms are the props of peace. [ Motto ]

Good books are true friends. [ Bacon ]

Foul whisperings are abroad. [ William Shakespeare ]

Hours of pleasure are short. [ Proverb ]

There's husbandry in heaven;
Their candles are all out. [ William Shakespeare ]

Flowers are nature's jewels. [ G. Croly ]

Diamonds are best plain set. [ Rolle ]

We are fools one to another. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Under the flowers are thorns. [ Proverb ]

The reverend are ever before. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Men are wiser than they know. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Sleep and Death are brothers. [ Diogenes ]

Attend to what you are doing.

Rest and success are fellows. [ Proverb ]

Good workmen are seldom rich. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Truth and oil are ever above. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Parsons are souls' waggoners. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Marriages are made in heaven. [ Tennyson ]

Pity's tears are spontaneous. [ Anna Cora Mowatt ]

How forcible are right words! [ Bible ]

Mysteries are due to secrecy. [ Bacon ]

Troubles are the only trials. [ Proverb ]

Books are a languid pleasure. [ Montaigne ]

Cities are taken by the ears. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Mere wishes are silly fishes. [ Proverb ]

Crosses are ladders to heaven. [ Proverb ]

Soft words are hard arguments. [ Proverb ]

Fools are not to be convinced. [ Proverb ]

All cats are grey in the dark. [ Proverb ]

You who come my grave to view,
A moment stop and think.
That I am in eternity,
And you are on the brink. [ Epitaph ]

Castles are forests of stones. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Like things are cured by like.

All truths are not to be told. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Are you there with your bears? [ Proverb ]

They that are bound must obey. [ Proverb ]

Tears are due to human misery. [ Virgil ]

Hope and fear are inseparable. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Princes are venison in heaven. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Two heads are better than one. [ Heywood ]

Mobs are multiplied ignorance. [ Sir W. Jones ]

New things are most looked at. [ Proverb ]

Speak of the gods as they are. [ Bias ]

Men are the dream of a shadow. [ Pindar ]

Great gifts are for great men. [ Proverb ]

Where bees are there is honey. [ Proverb ]

Poor folks are soon pissed on. [ Proverb ]

Great men are not always wise. [ Bible ]

The gentle race of flowers
Are lying in their lowly beds. [ William Cullen Bryant ]

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt, I love. [ William Shakespeare ]

Heroes are a mischievous race. [ Jeremy Collier ]

The bravest are the tenderest,
The loving are the daring. [ Bayard Taylor ]

Sickness tells us what we are. [ Proverb ]

These studies are our delight. [ Motto ]

Ideals are the world's masters. [ J. G. Holland ]

Children are what we make them. [ French Proverb ]

Laws are silent in time of war. [ Cicero ]

The Devil and Love are but one. [ Voltaire ]

Noblest minds are easiest bent. [ Homer ]

In love we are all fools alike. [ Gay ]

We are our own aptest deceiver. [ Goethe ]

All griefs with bread are less. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Great spenders are bad lenders. [ Proverb ]

Oh, no! we never mention her;
Her name is never heard;
My lips are now forbid to speak
That once familiar word. [ T. H. Bayly ]

Wrinkles are the grave of love. [ Sarrasin ]

Words are the wings of actions. [ Larater ]

Round numbers are always false. [ Johnson ]

We are taught words, not ideas. [ Beaconsfield ]

Good bargains are pick-pockets. [ Proverb ]

Great talkers are little doers. [ Proverb ]

In your patience ye are strong. [ Miss Barrett ]

Curses are like young chickens,
And still come home to roost! [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

Ah, the souls of those that die
Are but sunbeams lifted higher. [ Longfellow ]

Lucky people are her favorites. [ Mme. de Genlis ]

Children are poor men's riches. [ Proverb ]

Modesty and chastity are twins. [ Mrs. Jameson ]

Words are women, deeds are men. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Fetters even of gold are heavy. [ Proverb ]

Choleric men are blind and mad. [ Proverb ]

Fears are divided in the midst. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Words are the key of the heart.

Stars are not seen by sunshine. [ Proverb ]

There are no laws for just men. [ German Proverb ]

All delays are dangerous in war. [ Dryden ]

To the pure all things are pure. [ Shelley ]

Words of love are works of love. [ W. R. Alger ]

Garlands are not for every brow. [ Proverb ]

Gray hairs are death's blossoms. [ Schiller ]

Esteem all things that are good. [ Tibullus ]

Hearts are stronger than swords. [ Wendell Phillips ]

Home joys are blessed of heaven. [ Seneca ]

The hours are viewless angels,
That still go gliding by,
And bear each moment's record up
To Him that sits on high. [ C. P. Cranch ]

Bad excuses are worse than none. [ Proverb ]

There are no rules for felicity. [ Victor Hugo ]

Word by word big books are made. [ French Proverb ]

Great authorities are arguments. [ Daniel Webster ]

Men are still children at sixty. [ Aubert ]

Tears are the strength of women. [ Saint-Evremond ]

Fun fast the leaves are dropping
Before that wandering breath. [ William Cullen Bryant ]

Poor folks are glad of porridge. [ Proverb ]

Books are sepulchres of thought. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

Lions are not frightened by cats. [ Proverb ]

They that have no other meat
Bread and butter are glad to eat. [ Proverb ]

As you sow, you are like to reap. [ Butler ]

In an enemy, spots are soon seen. [ Proverb ]

The best of women are hypocrites. [ Thackeray ]

Words are the voice of the heart. [ Confucius ]

Natural things are without shame.

All things are full of the Deity. [ Virgil ]

The insect-youth are on the wing,
Eager to taste the honied spring,
And float amid the liquid noon! [ Gray ]

Spectacles are death's arquebuse. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

He lives who lives to God alone,
And all are dead beside;
For other source than God is none
Whence life can be supplied. [ William Cowper ]

Gifts from enemies are dangerous. [ Proverb ]

Gold and diamonds are not riches. [ John Ruskin ]

Nothing begins, and nothing ends.
That is not paid with moan;
For we are born in others' pain,
And perish in our own. [ Francis Thompson ]

Poor men's reasons are not heard. [ Proverb ]

Wranglers are never in the wrong. [ Proverb ]

Goods are theirs that enjoy them. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Wise judges are we of each other! [ Richelieu ]

Goats are not sold at every fair. [ Proverb ]

Some evils are cured by contempt. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Home-keeping hearts are happiest. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

Earth, sea, man, are all in each. [ Dante Gabriel Rossetti ]

Our ideals are our better selves. [ A. Bronson Alcott ]

Flowers are words
Which even a babe may understand. [ Bishop Coxe ]

Covetous men are shamefully rich. [ Proverb ]

Her very frowns are fairer far
Than smiles of other maidens are. [ Hartley Coleridge ]

My friends! There are no friends! [ Aristotle ]

Spears are not made of bulrushes. [ Proverb ]

Soldiers are martyrs to ambition. [ Proverb ]

We are swinging round the circle. [ Andrew Johnson ]

Even wolves are charmed by music. [ Rutini ]

A boaster and a liar are cousins. [ Proverb ]

The wicked are always ungrateful. [ Cervantes ]

You will be sad if you are alone. [ Ovid ]

The old echoes are long in dying. [ Charles H. Parkhurst ]

The honors of genius are eternal. [ Propertius ]

Flowers are the pledges of fruit. [ B. Bekker ]

The opinions of men are fallible. [ Ovid ]

Every one that flatters thee,
Is no friend in misery;
Words are easy, like the wind,
Faithful friends are hard to find. [ Shakespeare ]

Hell and Chancery are always open. [ Proverb ]

Alas! we are the sport of destiny. [ Thackeray ]

Familiarity and satiety are twins. [ Mme. Deluzy ]

There are no roses without thorns. [ Proverb ]

How like they are to human things! [ Longfellow ]

He the cross who longest bears
Finds his sorrow's bounds are set. [ Winkworth ]

Wrinkles are beauty's death-lines. [ J. L. Basford ]

No author ever spared a brother;
Wits are gamecocks to one another. [ Gay ]

Lucky men are favorites of Heaven. [ Dryden ]

Women are coquettes by profession. [ J. J. Rousseau ]

You are a legend in your own mind.

Short reckonings are soon cleared. [ Proverb ]

Kisses are the messengers of love. [ Martin Opitz ]

Alas! that dreams are only dreams!
That fancy cannot give
A lasting beauty to those forms.
Which scarce a moment live! [ Rufus Dawes ]

Wine and youth are fire upon fire. [ Fielding ]

Duties are ours; events are God's. [ Cecil ]

Poor men's tables are soon spread. [ Proverb ]

Things not understood are admired. [ Proverb ]

For danger levels man and brute
And all are fellows in their need. [ Dryden ]

Gray hairs are churchyard flowers. [ German Proverb ]

Patience and gentleness are power. [ Leigh Hunt ]

Our best friends are in our purse. [ German Proverb ]

Stolen kisses are always sweetest. [ Leigh Hunt ]

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by, [ Ella Wheeler Wilcox ]

He either fears his fate too much,
Or his deserts are small,
Who dares not put it to the touch
To win or lose it all. [ Marquis of Montrose ]

Honours are the rewards of virtue. [ Motto ]

Autumnal agues are long or mortal. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Study sickness while you are well. [ Proverb ]

Are bubble-like - what makes them,
Bursts them too. [ Bailey ]

Books are nourishment to the mind. [ Italian Proverb ]

Lovers are as punctual as the sun. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Two removals are as bad as a fire. [ Proverb ]

Decency and decorum are not pride. [ Proverb ]

Dangers are overcome with dangers. [ Proverb ]

Desires are the pulse of the soul. [ Manton ]

Truth and ceremony are two things. [ Marcus Antoninus ]

All my past life is mine no more,
The flying hours are gone
Like transitory dreams given over,
Whose images are kept in store,
By memory alone. [ Rochester ]

We are too good for pure instinct. [ Goethe ]

Children are what the mothers are. [ Landor ]

All her dishes are chafing-dishes. [ Proverb ]

Clever tyrants are never punished. [ Voltaire ]

All are desirous to win the prize. [ Proverb ]

Taylor's shreds are worth cutting. [ Proverb ]

He either fears his fate too much,
Or his deserts are small.
That dares not put it to the touch
To gain or lose it all. [ Marquis Of Montrose ]

Mirth and mischief are two things. [ Proverb ]

Friends are the nearest relations. [ Proverb ]

Love and poverty are hard to hide. [ Proverb ]

Men of few words are the best men. [ William Shakespeare ]

Muffled cats are not good mousers. [ Proverb ]

Chare-folks are never paid enough. [ Proverb ]

Men are less forgiving than women. [ Richardson ]

Favours unused are favours abused. [ Scotch Proverb ]

When all the sins are old in us.
And go upon crutches, covetousness
Does but lie in her cradle. [ Decker ]

The soul and the body are enemies. [ A. de Musset ]

Our pleasures and our discontents
Are rounds by which we may ascend. [ Longfellow ]

The unfortunate are counted fools. [ Proverb ]

All fish are not caught with flies. [ Proverb ]

All flowers are not in one garland. [ Proverb ]

Falsehood and death are synonymous. [ Bancroft ]

Rivalry and envy are Siamese twins. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Underneath large blue-bells tented
Where the daisies are rose-scented,
And the rose herself has got
Perfume which on earth is not. [ Keats ]

O, though oft oppressed and lonely,
All my fears are laid aside,
If I but remember only
Such as these have lived and died! [ Longfellow ]

Quick wits are generally conceited. [ Proverb ]

The words of the wise are as goads. [ Proverb ]

Beggars never are out of their way. [ Proverb ]

The flowers are but earth vivified. [ Lamartine ]

Sluggards are never great scholars. [ Proverb ]

Hearts are oftener blind than eyes. [ Mubarrad ]

A blessing on the printer's art! -
Books are the mentors of the heart. [ Mrs. Hale ]

Blushes are the rainbow of modesty. [ Mme. Necker ]

Jars concealed are half reconciled. [ Thomas Fuller ]

Flowers are love's truest language. [ Park Benjamin ]

Contraries are cured by contraries.

Fame and censure with a tether
By fate are always linked together. [ Swift ]

Faults are thick when love is thin. [ Proverb ]

The good are better made by ill,
As odors crushed are sweeter still. [ Samuel Rogers ]

Good swimmers are oftenest drowned. [ Proverb ]

The eyes are larger than the belly. [ German Proverb ]

The over curious are not over wise. [ Massinger ]

Words are mighty; words are living. [ Adelaide A. Procter ]

However it be, it seems to me,
'Tis only noble to be good.
Kind hearts are more than coronets.
And simple faith than Norman blood. [ Tennyson ]

Other men's pains are easily borne. [ Cervantes ]

Vices are learned without a Master. [ Proverb ]

Methods are the masters of masters. [ Talleyrand ]

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream,
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem. [ Longfellow ]

How light the touches are that kiss
The music from the chords of life! [ Coventry Patmore ]

Fools are stubborn in their way,
As coins are hardened by the allay;
And obstinacy's never so stiff
As when 'tis in a wrong belief. [ Butler ]

Newspapers are the world's mirrors. [ James Ellis ]

My friends' friends are my friends. [ French Proverb ]

Neutral men are the devil's allies. [ Chapin ]

Mystery and innocence are not akin. [ Hosea Ballou ]

Merry larks are ploughmen's clocks. [ William Shakespeare ]

Needle and thread are half clothing. [ Spanish Proverb ]

God knows who are the best pilgrims. [ Proverb ]

The counsels that are given in wine,
Will do no good to you or thine. [ Proverb ]

Good swimmers at length are drowned. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

My designs and labors
And aspirations are my only friends. [ Longfellow ]

The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
The soldier's last tattoo;
No more on Life's parade shall meet
The brave and fallen few.
On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread.
And Glory guards, with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead. [ Theodore O'Hara ]

I now see which leg you are lame of. [ Proverb ]

Because my blessings are abus'd,
Must I be censur'd, curs'd, accus'd?
Even virtue's self by knaves is made
A cloak to carry on the trade. [ Gay ]

The best things are hard to come by. [ Proverb ]

O there are Voices of the Past,
Links of a broken chain.
Wings that can bear me back to times
Which cannot come again;
Yet God forbid that I should lose
The echoes that remain! [ Adelaide A. Procter ]

They love most who are least valued. [ Proverb ]

Graves they say are warmed by glory;
Foolish words and empty story. [ Heine ]

Idleness and lust are sworn friends. [ Proverb ]

Humanity is great but men are small. [ Börne ]

There are more thieves than gallows. [ German Proverb ]

Faults are beauties in lover's eyes. [ Theocritus ]

In a retreat the lanae are foremost. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Flies are busiest about lean horses. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

A man's best things are nearest him,
Lie close about his feet. [ Monckton Milnes ]

Blushes are the echo of sensibility. [ Mme. de Salm ]

Little bantams are great at crowing. [ Proverb ]

Little minds are vexed with trifles. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

All pitchers are liars or crybabies. [ Yogi Berra ]

Always you are to be rich next year. [ Proverb ]

Revolutions are not made; they come. [ Wendell Phillips ]

The wounds of civil war are deepest. [ Lucan ]

As the ancients wisely say
Have a care o' the main chance,
And look before you ere you leap;
For as you sow you are like to reap. [ Butler ]

Your wits are gone a wool-gathering. [ Proverb ]

Sweet are the little brooks that run
O'er pebbles glancing in the sun.
Singing in soothing tones. [ Hood ]

Her eyes are homes of silent prayer. [ Tennyson ]

Second thoughts, they say, are best. [ John Dryden ]

While rocking winds are piping loud. [ Milton ]

They are rich who have true friends. [ Proverb ]

My eyes are dim with childish tears. [ Wordsworth ]

Diseases desperate grown
By desperate appliance are reliev'd.
Or not at all. [ Shakespeare ]

Follow a shadow, it still flies you.
Seem to fly it, it will pursue:
So court a mistress, she denies you;
Let her alone, she will court you.
Say are not women truly then,
Styled but the shadows of us men? [ Ben Jonson ]

Our wills are ours, we know not how. [ Tennyson ]

All words are pegs to bang ideas on. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

O, weary hearts! O, slumbering eyes!
O, drooping souls whose destinies
Are fraught with fear and pain,
Ye shall be loved again! [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Endymion ]

Old birds are not caught with chaff. [ Proverb ]

Men are what their mothers made them. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The eyes are the amulets of the mind. [ W. R. Alger ]

Laws are silent in the midst of arms. [ John Bate ]

Laws are the silent assessors of God. [ W. R. Alger ]

All our tastes are but reminiscences. [ Lamartine ]

Fraud and deceit are always in haste. [ Proverb ]

Lions' skins are not to be had cheap. [ Proverb ]

Censure and scandal are not the same. [ Proverb ]

Fools, to talking ever prone
Are sure to make their follies known. [ Gay ]

His purse and his palate are ill met. [ Proverb ]

Alas! there are no more any miracles. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Our prayers are the shadows of mercy. [ Spurgeon ]

More men are terrified than punished. [ Proverb ]

In a fiddler's house all are dancers. [ Proverb ]

A madman and a fool are no witnesses. [ Proverb ]

By daring, great fears are concealed. [ Lucan ]

In the midst of life we are in death. [ Burial Service ]

Anticipation and Hope are born twins. [ Rousseau ]

All cats are alike grey in the night. [ Proverb ]

O! the gallant fisher's life.
It is the best of any:
'Tis full of pleasure, void of strife
And 'tis beloved by many.
Other joys
Are but toys;
Only this,
Lawful is;
For our skill
Breeds no ill,
But content and pleasure. [ Izaak Walton ]

But we all are men.
In our own natures frail; and capable
Of our flesh, few are angels. [ William Shakespeare ]

All are not merry that dance lightly. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

All are not saints that go to church. [ Proverb ]

Of a truth men are mystically united. [ Carlyle ]

Our ideas are transformed sensations. [ Condillac ]

Evening oats are good morning fodder. [ Proverb ]

In sports and journeys men are known. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet,
Are of imagination all compact. [ William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream ]

A fool and his money are soon parted. [ Proverb ]

How blue were Ariadne's eyes
When, from the sea's horizon line,
At eve, she raised them on the skies!
My Psyche, bluer far are thine. [ Aubrey De Vere ]

Unadvised vows are an offense to God. [ Proverb ]

The world will turn when we are earth
As though we had not come nor gone;
There was no lack before our birth.
When we are gone there will be none. [ Omar Khayyam ]

What should we speak of
When we are old as you?
When we shall hear
The rain and wind beat dark December. [ William Shakespeare ]

All great men are partially inspired. [ Cicero ]

The wolf and fox are both privateers. [ Proverb ]

Words are for women, actions for men. [ Proverb ]

The promises of God are yea and amen. [ Hammond ]

Another such victory and we are done. [ Pyrrhus after his second victory over the Romans ]

Women are priestesses of the unknown.

When buttercups are blossoming,
The poets sang, 'tis best to wed:
So all for love we paired in spring -
Blanche and I - ere youth had sped. [ E. C. Stedman ]

Even women are perfect at the outset. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Those laughing orbs, that borrow
From azure skies the light they wear.
Are like heaven - no sorrow
Can float over hues so fair. [ Mrs. Osgood ]

Wit and judgment often are at strife. [ Pope ]

'Tis nothing when you are used to it. [ Swift ]

Where there are reeds there is water. [ Proverb ]

A maid oft seen, and a gown oft worn,
Are disesteemed, and held in scorn. [ Proverb ]

'Tis a kind of good deed to say well,
And yet words are no deeds. [ William Shakespeare ]

Things which have been lost are safe. [ Motto ]

The best hearts are ever the bravest. [ Sterne ]

Good manners are part of good morals. [ Whately ]

Men apt to promise are apt to forget. [ Proverb ]

Goods are theirs only who enjoy them. [ Proverb ]

Peace and wickedness are far asunder. [ Stillingfleet ]

The envied have a brilliant fate;
Pity is given where griefs are great. [ Palladas ]

Men are not to be measured by inches. [ Proverb ]

Pride and weakness are Siamese twins. [ Lowell ]

Faults are beauties in a lover's eye. [ Theocritus ]

Children are the tomorrow of society. [ Whately ]

The glories of the possible are ours. [ Bayard Taylor ]

There are words which cut like steel. [ Balzac ]

Pains are the wages of ill pleasures. [ Proverb ]

Fate and necessity are unconquerable. [ Joubert ]

Poets are far rarer birds than kings. [ Ben Jonson ]

'Tis well to be off with the old love
Before you are on with the new. [ Maturin ]

White walls are fool's writing paper. [ Proverb ]

Lovers' purses are tied with cobwebs. [ Proverb ]

There are doors in every human heart. [ Virginia F. Townsend ]

The poor are only they who feel poor. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Pay what you owe,
And what you are worth you will know. [ Proverb ]

What is excellent,
As God lives, is permanent;
Hearts are dust, hearts' loves remain,
Heart's love will meet thee again. [ Emerson ]

The vices of some men are magnificent. [ Lamb ]

Riches are but the baggage of fortune. [ Proverb ]

The brave are parsimonious of threats. [ Kossuth ]

But how many moments are already past!
Ah! who thinks of those that are past? [ Lessing ]

A ship and a woman are ever repairing. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Thinking of the days that are no more. [ Tennyson ]

Afflictions are blessings in disguise. [ Proverb ]

Nature's tears are Reason's merriment. [ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet ]

We are one people and will act as one. [ Schiller ]

Men are nearly as capricious as women. [ Chamfort ]

Trifles themselves are elegant in him. [ Pope ]

All sorts of sweets are not wholesome. [ Proverb ]

All that are black, dig not for coals. [ Proverb ]

Nature and wisdom never are at strife. [ Juvenal ]

The duties of government are paternal. [ Gladstone ]

Quiet persons are welcome every where. [ Proverb ]

Bought friends are not friends indeed. [ Proverb ]

Love's sweetest meanings are unspoken. [ Bovee ]

You must howl if you are among wolves. [ French Proverb ]

Great passions are incurable diseases. [ Goethe ]

Grandfather's servants are never good. [ Proverb ]

Where there is no love all are faults. [ Proverb ]

Corroding cares are dispelled by wine. [ After Horace ]

The footsteps of fortune are slippery.

Fortune, my friend, I've often thought
Is weak, if Art assist her not:
So equally all Arts are vain,
If Fortune help them not again. [ Sheridan ]

Honour and ease are seldom bedfellows. [ Proverb ]

Honest men are justified by the light. [ Proverb ]

High flying hawks are fit for princes. [ Proverb ]

Thine eyes are springs in whose serene
And silent waters heaven is seen. [ William Cullen Bryant ]

His shoes are made of running leather. [ Proverb ]

Thy plain and open nature sees mankind
But in appearance, not what they are. [ Froude ]

The usefulest truths are the plainest. [ Proverb ]

Mortals are equal; their mask differs. [ Voltaire ]

Laws are the sovereigns of sovereigns. [ Louis the Fourteenth ]

Kind words are the music of the world. [ F. W. Faber ]

Sins are not known till they be acted. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

For bells are the voice of the church;
They have tones that touch and search
The hearts of young and old. [ Longfellow ]

Evening words are not like to morning. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Some are very busy and yet do nothing. [ Proverb ]

Our rocks are rough, but smiling there
The acacia waves her yellow hair,
Lonely and sweet, nor loved the less
For flow'ring in a wilderness. [ Moore ]

Few men are admired by their servants. [ Montaigne ]

All are not thieves that dogs bark at. [ Proverb ]

Appearances deceive
And this one maxim is a standing rule:
Men are not what they seem. [ Havard ]

Idle men are dead all their life long. [ Proverb ]

Benevolent people are always cheerful. [ Father Taylor ]

There are more threatened than struck. [ Proverb ]

The multitude are ruled by prejudices. [ Voltaire ]

Insinuations are the devil's rhetoric. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Of chastity, the ornaments are chaste. [ William Shakespeare ]

Still are the thoughts to memory dear. [ Sir Walter Scott ]

No greater men are now than ever were. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

When you are anvil, hold you still,
When you are hammer, strike your fill. [ Proverb ]

All are not hanged that are condemned. [ Proverb ]

Our wills are ours to make them Thine. [ Tennyson ]

There are two sides to every question. [ Proverb ]

In solitude, where we are least alone. [ Byron ]

To him that will ways are not wanting. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Keep the common road and you are safe. [ Proverb ]

No distance breaks the tie of blood:
Brothers are brothers evermore;
Nor wrong, nor wrath of deadliest mood,
That magic may o'erpower. [ Keble ]

In my Father's house are many mansions. [ Jesus ]

Muddy waters are the fishmonger's gain. [ Proverb ]

Beautiful coquettes are quacks of love. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. [ Burke ]

Honest men are the gentlemen of nature. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Even weak men when united are powerful. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

The smith and his penny both are black. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

For when disputes are wearied out,
'Tis interest still resolves the doubt. [ Butler ]

Wife and children are bills of charges. [ Proverb ]

We are but as the instrument of heaven. [ Owen Meredith ]

Best men oft are moulded out of faults. [ William Shakespeare ]

Things are always best at their source. [ Pascal ]

The still humours are always the worst. [ Proverb ]

The eyes of women are Promethean fires. [ William Shakespeare ]

We cannot be just if we are not humane. [ Vauvenargues ]

States are great engines moving slowly. [ Bacon ]

I know the lands are lit
With all the autumn blaze of Goldenrod. [ Helen Hunt Jackson ]

Remember aye, the ocean deeps are mute.
The shallows roar;
Worth is the ocean - fame the bruit
Along the shore. [ Johann C. F. Von Schiller ]

Impudence and wit are vastly different. [ Proverb ]

No intellectual images are without use. [ Johnson ]

We are apt to believe what we wish for. [ Proverb ]

We are not all equal, nor can we be so. [ Goethe ]

When prayers are done my lady is ready. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

A woman and a glass are ever in danger. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Spies are the ears and eyes of princes. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

The holiest of holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart,
The secret anniversaries of the heart. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave.
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave. [ Longfellow ]

Idle brains are the devil's workhouses. [ Proverb ]

O death! the poor man's dearest friend,
The kindest and the best!
Welcome the hour, my aged limbs
Are laid with thee at rest! [ Burns ]

Beauty and wisdom are rarely conjoined. [ Petronius Arbiter ]

The beginnings of all things are small. [ Cicero ]

Sudden passions are hard to be managed. [ Proverb ]

Other men's ills are slightly regarded. [ Proverb ]

First thoughts are not always the best. [ Alfieri ]

All that breed in the mud are not Eels. [ Proverb ]

Tears are the silent language of grief. [ Voltaire ]

Words are but pictures of our thoughts. [ Dryden ]

Precious things are not found in heaps. [ Proverb ]

Great men's vices are accounted sacred. [ Proverb ]

Great and good are seldom the same man. [ Proverb ]

The passions are the voice of the body. [ Rousseau ]

Ceremonies are the outworks of manners. [ Chesterfield ]

Female friendships are of rapid growth. [ Beaconsfield ]

Good offices are the cement of society. [ Proverb ]

Mathematics are a ballast for the soul. [ T. Fuller ]

Good words are better than bad strokes. [ William Shakespeare ]

Dogs are hard drove when they eat dogs. [ Proverb ]

There are few things that we know well. [ Vauvenargues ]

There are enough unhappy on this earth. [ Alfred Tennyson ]

War and physic are governed by the eye. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

All are not hunters that blow the horn. [ Proverb ]

Even the gods above are subject to law. [ Ovid ]

Too many giddy, foolish hours are gone. [ Rowe ]

Riches are often abused, never refused. [ Danish Proverb ]

Strongest minds
Are often those of whom the noisy world
Hears least. [ Wordsworth ]

Praises from wicked men are reproaches. [ Proverb ]

Deeds are fruits; words are but leaves. [ Proverb ]

The unfortunate are always egotistical. [ Beaconsfield ]

The incredulous are the most credulous. [ Pascal ]

Some are atheists only in fair weather. [ Proverb ]

Are not great men the models of nations? [ Owen Meredith ]

To say you are welcome were superfluous. [ William Shakespeare ]

Sweet are the uses of adversity:
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head. [ William Shakespeare ]

Our enemies are our outward consciences. [ William Shakespeare ]

Your noblest natures are most credulous. [ Chapman ]

All are not friends that speak one fair. [ Proverb ]

The purest treasure mortal times afford
Is spotless reputation; that away,
Men are but gilded loam or painted clay. [ Rich. II ]

Weak men and cowards are generally wily. [ Proverb ]

And hard valour are the twins of honour,
And, nursed together, make a conqueror;
Divided, but a talker. [ Beaumont and Fletcher ]

Nature is frugal, and her wants are few. [ Young ]

Intense people are usually narrowminded. [ Madame de Sartory ]

Unequal marriages are seldom happy ones. [ Proverb ]

Diseases are the price of ill pleasures. [ Proverb ]

You are never pleased, full nor fasting. [ Proverb ]

Electric telegraphs, printing, gas,
Tobacco, balloons, and steam.
Are little events that have come to pass
Since the days of the old regime.
And, spite of Lempriere's dazzling page,
I'd give - though it might seem bold -
A hundred years of the Golden Age
For a year of the Age of Gold. [ Henry S. Leigh ]

Deaf men are quick-eyed and distrustful. [ Proverb ]

Blessings are upon the head of the just. [ Bible ]

The shortest pleasures are the sweetest. [ Farquhar ]

In thy breast are the stars of thy fate. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Alas! our frailty is the cause, not we;
For, such as we are made of, such we be. [ William Shakespeare ]

You are afraid of the dog you never saw. [ Proverb ]

Take-it-easy and Live-long are brothers. [ German Proverb ]

Vows made in storms are forgot in calms. [ Proverb ]

Tears are sometimes as weighty as words. [ Ovid ]

A peace is of the nature of a conquest;
For then both parties nobly are subdued.
And neither party loser. [ William Shakespeare ]

It lifts the boughs, whose shadows deep,
Are life's oblivion, the soul's sleep,
And kisses the closed eyes
Of him who slumbering lies. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Endymion ]

How strangely easy difficult things are! [ Charles Buxton ]

True, I talk of dreams.
Which are the children of an idle brain.
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy. [ William Shakespeare ]

First our pleasures die - and then
Our hopes, and then our fears - and when
These are dead, the debt is due.
Dust claims dust - and we die too. [ Shelley ]

Rogues are always found out in some way.

In solitude all great thoughts are born. [ Moses Harvey ]

Tears are the noble language of the eye. [ Robert Herrick ]

Not more the rose, the queen of flowers,
Outblushes all the bloom of bower,
Than she unrivalled grace discloses;
The sweetest rose, where all are roses. [ Moore ]

Oaths are but words, and words but wind. [ Butler ]

Poverty and wealth are comparative sins. [ Victor Hugo ]

Bad manners are a species of bad morals. [ C. N. Bovee ]

Brave men are brave from the very first. [ Corneille ]

To a crazy ship, all winds are contrary. [ Proverb ]

On their own merits modest men are dumb. [ George Colman ]

Who are a little wise the best fools be. [ Donne ]

Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still. [ John Fletcher ]

In a leopard the spots are not observed. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Kings alone are no more than single men. [ Proverb ]

The smallest errors are always the best. [ Moliere ]

In an ermine, spots are soon discovered. [ Proverb ]

Be sure there are domestic tyrants also. [ Thackeray ]

Swift kindnesses are best: a long delay
In kindness takes the kindness all away. [ Anon ]

Things are often spoke and seldom meant. [ William Shakespeare ]

Words that are now dead were once alive. [ A. Coles ]

Most terrors are but spectral illusions. [ A. Helps ]

By navigation new worlds are made known. [ J. G. Zarco ]

Many things are lost for want of asking. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Examples are the best lessons for youth. [ Proverb ]

Rich men's spots are covered with money. [ Proverb ]

Some people are proud of their humility. [ Beecher ]

Where there are friends there is wealth. [ Plaut ]

Her hair is bound with myrtle leaves,
(Green leaves upon her golden hair!),
Green grasses through the yellow sheaves
Of autumn corn are not more fair. [ Oscar Wilde ]

Crosses are ladders that lead to heaven. [ Proverb ]

The first and last frosts are the worst. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word. [ William Shakespeare ]

Griefs assured are felt before they come. [ John Dryden ]

Why are those tears? why droops your head
Is then your other husband dead?
Or does a worse disgrace betide?
Hath no one since his death applied? [ Gay ]

A man's errors are what make him amiable. [ Goethe ]

Music and love are the wings of the soul. [ Berlioz ]

These are the times that try men's souls. [ Thomas Paine ]

Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all. [ William Shakespeare ]

Earnestness and sincerity are synonymous. [ Kant ]

Few are the faults we flatter when alone. [ Young ]

To rock and river, plain and wood,
I cry, Ye are my kin. While I, O Earth!
Am but an atom of thee, and a breath,
Passing unseen and unrecorded, like
The tiny throb here in my temple's pulse. [ Philip J. Bailey ]

There are more ways to the wood than one. [ Proverb ]

From the great,
Illustrious actions are a debt to Fame.
No middle path remains for them to tread,
Whom she hath once ennobled. [ Glover ]

Oh, say! what is that thing called light,
Which I must never enjoy?
What are the blessings of the sight?
Oh, tell your poor blind boy! [ Colley Cibber ]

We seldom find out that we are flattered. [ Proverb ]

Friends are good, - good, if well chosen. [ De Foe ]

Some folks are drunk, yet do not know it. [ Prior ]

Brave spirits are a balsam to themselves;
There is a nobleness of mind that heals
Wounds beyond salves. [ Cartwright ]

Superlatives are diminutives, and weaken. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The wisest, happiest of our kind are they
That ever walk content with Nature's way. [ Wordsworth ]

Praise none too much, for all are fickle. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

All men are equal before the natural law. [ Law Maxim ]

And thou art terrible - the tear,
The groan, the knell, the pall, the bier;
And ail we know, or dream, or fear
Of agony, are thine. [ Halleck ]

Oh! never breathe a dead one's name,
When those who loved that one are nigh;
It pours a lava through the frame
That chokes the breast and fills the eye. [ Eliza Cook ]

Happy opinions are the wine of the heart. [ Leigh Hunt ]

Gossips are frogs,—they drink and talk. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

There are male as well as female gossips. [ Colton ]

Our virtues are commonly disguised vices. [ Rochefoucauld ]

The prince, who kept the world in awe.
The judge, whose dictate fix'd the law.
The rich, the poor, the great, the small,
Are levelled: death confounds them all. [ Gay ]

Praises are admonitions well dressed out. [ Proverb ]

The earth hath bubbles, as the water has.
And these are of them. [ William Shakespeare ]

How poor are they who have not patience!
What wound did ever heal, but by degrees? [ William Shakespeare ]

Among mortals second thoughts are wisest. [ Euripides ]

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet.
If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate.
If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun,
And crocus fires are kindling one by one. [ Christina G. Rossetti ]

Great wits to madness nearly are allied;
Both serve to make our poverty our pride. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

All the operations of Nature are gradual. [ Bacon ]

Guards from outward harms are sent;
Ills from within thy reason must prevent. [ John Dryden ]

To purchase Heaven has gold the power?
Can gold remove the mortal hour?
In life can love be bought with gold?
Are friendship's pleasures to be sold?
No - all that's worth a wish - a thought.
Fair virtue gives unbribed, unbought.
Cease then on trash thy hopes to bind,
Let nobler views engage thy mind. [ Dr. Johnson ]

It is liberty alone that gives the flower
Of fleeting life its lustre and perfume;
And we are weeds without it. [ Cowper ]

Some remedies are worse than the disease. [ Publius Syrus ]

The collier and his money are both black. [ Proverb ]

A man's best friends are his ten fingers. [ Robert Collyer ]

Dumb dogs and still waters are dangerous. [ German Proverb ]

Idle fellows are the devil's playfellows. [ Proverb ]

All are not soldiers that go to the wars. [ Proverb ]

The sweets of love are washed with tears. [ George Herbert ]

Admiration and familiarity are strangers. [ George Sand ]

Covetous men's chests are rich, not they. [ Proverb ]

Flatterers are the worst kind of enemies. [ Tacitus ]

Mother's darlings are but milksop heroes. [ Proverb ]

Immediate are the acts of God, more swift
Than time or motion. [ Milton ]

The dead are got quite away from fortune. [ Proverb ]

Sensitive beings are not sensible beings. [ Balzac ]

All books grow homilies by time; they are
Temples, at once, and Landmarks. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Knavery and flattery are blood relations. [ Abraham Lincoln ]

Patience and pusillanimity are two things. [ Proverb ]

Those who object to wit are envious of it. [ Hazlitt ]

For faults are beauties in a lover's eyes. [ Theocritus ]

Wondrous strong are the spells of fiction. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

O world, how apt the poor are to be proud! [ William Shakespeare ]

There are no fine prisons, nor ugly loves. [ Proverb ]

The usurer and younkier are cat and mouse. [ Proverb ]

Young men want to be faithful and are not,
old men want to be faithless and cannot. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

All great men are in some degree inspired. [ Cicero ]

Fools are pleased with their own blunders. [ Proverb ]

I am what you will be, I was what you are.

Golden chains are heavy, and love is best! [ Dr. Walter Smith ]

But if, as morning rises, dreams are true. [ Dante ]

Uncertain ways unsafest are.
And doubt a greater mischief than despair. [ Sir John Denham ]

'Tis liberty alone that gives the flowers
Of fleeting life their luster and perfume.
And we are weeds without it. [ Cowper ]

Prejudices are what rule the vulgar crowd. [ Voltaire ]

Call not a surgeon before you are wounded. [ Proverb ]

Fools are my theme, let satire be my song. [ Byron ]

I know there are voices I do not hear,
And colors I do not see;
I know that the world has numberless doors
Of which I have not the key. [ Minot J. Savage ]

Tyranny and anarchy are never far asunder. [ Bentham ]

Emulation and imitation are of twin birth. [ Charles Buxton ]

Alas! the fleeting years are passing away. [ Horace ]

Good words are worth much and cost little. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Ambassadors are the eye and ear of states. [ Guicciardini ]

The ransom of a man's life are his riches. [ Bible ]

My hands are guilty, but my heart is free. [ Dryden ]

Thoughts are toll-free, but not hell-free. [ German Proverb ]

If you are born without taste, acquire it.

The proud are ever most provoked by pride. [ Cowper ]

Our memories are independent of our wills. [ Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan ]

Truly great men are always simple-hearted. [ Klinger ]

Libraries are the wardrobes of literature. [ James Dyer ]

There are no twin souls in God's universe. [ J. G. Holland ]

All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
Whose body nature is, and God the soul. [ Pope ]

Divine ashes are better than earthly meal. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

A proud mind and a poor purse are ill met. [ Proverb ]

All that I know is, that the facts I state
Are true as truth has ever been of late. [ Byron ]

April and May are the key of alt the year. [ Proverb ]

Books cannot always please, however good.
Minds are not ever craving for their food. [ Crabbe ]

Rakes are more suspicious than honest men. [ Richardson ]

A globe of dew
Filling, in the morning new.
Some eyed flower, whose young leaves waken
On an unimagined world;
Constellated suns unshaken,
Orbits measureless are furled
In that frail and fading sphere.
With ten millions gathered there
To tremble, gleam and disappear. [ Shelley ]

There are no tricks in plain simple faith. [ Shakespeare ]

Bad customs are better broke than kept up. [ Proverb ]

Brisk talkers are generally slow thinkers. [ Swift ]

A subject's faults a subject may proclaim,
A monarch's errors are forbidden game. [ William Cowper ]

They that are booted are not always ready. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

It is a bad bargain where both are losers. [ Proverb ]

You are very free of another mans pottage. [ Proverb ]

The incurable ills are the imaginary ills. [ Marie Ebner-Eschenbach ]

Lilies are whitest in a blackamoor's hand. [ Proverb ]

Deep subtle wits,
In truth, are master spirits in the world. [ Joanna Baillie ]

My eyes make pictures, when they are shut. [ Coleridge ]

Bachelors are the freebooters of marriage. [ Balzac ]

Books are not seldom talismans and spells. [ Cowper ]

The chambers in the house of dreams
Are fed with so divine an air.
That Time's hoar wings grow young therein.
And they who walk there are most fair. [ Francis Thomson ]

Troubles forereckoned are doubly suffered. [ Bovee ]

The gods are deaf to hot and peevish vows;
They are polluted offerings, more abhorred
Than spotted livers in the sacrifice. [ William Shakespeare ]

Love, friendship, charity are subjects all
To envious and calumniating time. [ William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida ]

Children blessings seem, but torments are. [ Otway ]

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. [ William Shakespeare ]

Envy and covetousness are never satisfied. [ Proverb ]

For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: It might have been. [ Whittier ]

All are wont to praise him who is no more. [ Thucydides ]

Marriages are best of dissimilar material. [ Theodore Parker ]

Flatterers are the worst kind of traitors. [ Raleigh ]

What can innocence hope for,
When such as sit her judges are corrupted? [ Massinger ]

Joys are our wings, sorrows are our spurs. [ Richter ]

Indolence and stupidity are first cousins. [ Rivarol ]

Things hardly attained, are long retained. [ Proverb ]

Small are the seeds fate does unheeded sow
Of slight beginnings to important ends. [ Davenant ]

Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again,
The eternal years of God are hers;
But error, wounded, writhes with pain,
And dies among his worshippers. [ W. C. Bryant ]

Brother, brother, we are both in the wrong. [ Gay ]

To the poetic mind all things are poetical. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

And in their height of kindness are unkind. [ Young ]

The laws of morality are also those of art. [ Schumann ]

All are not turners that are dish-throwers. [ Proverb ]

All liquors are not for every one's liking. [ Proverb ]

Not the rich viol, trump, cymbal, nor horn.
Guitar, nor cittern, nor the pining flute.
Are half so sweet as tender human words. [ Barry Cornwall ]

Glances are the first billets-doux of love. [ Ninon de Lenclos ]

Laws are powerful, necessity still more so. [ Goethe ]

Words are but holy as the deeds they cover. [ Shelley ]

Little troubles are great to little people. [ Proverb ]

The heavens are full of floating mysteries. [ T. B. Read ]

I desire to see the things which are above. [ Motto ]

We are never deceived we deceive ourselves. [ Goethe ]

Scorners are an abomination to a sober man. [ Proverb ]

The morals of the world are only casuistry.

Love waits for love, though the sun be set,
And the stars come out, the dews are wet,
And the night-winds moan. [ Dr. Walter Smith ]

Wisdom and eloquence are not always united. [ Victor Hugo ]

When better cherries are not to be had.
We needs must take the seeming best of bad. [ Daniel ]

Penitence and innocence are near relations. [ Proverb ]

And the bright faces of my young companions
Are wrinkled like my own, or are no more. [ Longfellow ]

Great trees are good for nothing but shade. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

The bravest men are subject most to chance. [ Dryden ]

Great souls are not cast down by adversity. [ Proverb ]

Brave deeds are most estimable when hidden. [ Pascal ]

All tongues are not made of the same flesh. [ Proverb ]

Our dearest hopes in pangs are born,
The kingliest Kings are crown'd with thorn. [ Gerald Massey, The Kingliest Kings ]

Impromptu thoughts are mental wild flowers. [ Mme. Du Deffand ]

Praise not the ford till you are safe over. [ Proverb ]

Men are but children of a larger growth;
Our appetites are apt to change as theirs,
And full as craving, too, and full as vain. [ Dryden ]

Where men are kindly used they will resort. [ Proverb ]

Ill words are bellows to a slackening fire. [ Proverb ]

Willows are weak, yet they bind other wood. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

'Tis a stern and a startling thing to think
How often mortality stands on the brink
Of its grave without any misgiving;
And yet in this slippery world of strife,
In the stir of human bustle so rife.
There are daily sounds to tell us that Life
Is dying, and Death is living! [ Hood ]

His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles,
His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate. [ William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act II Sc.7 ]

Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
And thin partitions do their bounds divide. [ John Dryden ]

We are easily fooled by that which we love. [ Moliere ]

Where the will is ready the feet are light. [ Proverb ]

All free governments are party governments. [ Garfield ]

A mountain and a river are good neighbours. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Goodness and being in the gods are one;
He who imputes ill to them makes them none. [ Euripides ]

Cruel people are ever cowards in emergency. [ Swift ]

All orators are dumb, when beauty pleadeth. [ William Shakespeare ]

These faces in the mirrors
Are but the shadows and phantoms of myself. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

The greatest clerks are not the wisest men. [ Proverb ]

Oft my jealousy shapes faults that are not. [ William Shakespeare ]

Old fools are more foolish than young ones. [ Rochefoucauld ]

The laws of nature are the thoughts of God. [ Zschokke ]

Cuckolds are Christians all the world over. [ Proverb ]

Dictionaries are word-pictures of language. [ Cox ]

Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart,
How hard thy yoke! how cruel is thy dart!
Those escape thy anger who refuse thy sway,
And those are punished most who most obey. [ Prior ]

Good counsels observed are chains to grace. [ Fuller ]

Fish are not to be caught with a bird-call. [ Proverb ]

The friends of our friends are our friends. [ Proverb ]

People are to be taken in very small doses. [ Emerson ]

Characters are developed, and never change. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

There are eyes half defiant.
Half meek and compliant;
Black eyes, with a wondrous, witching charm
To bring us good or to work us harm. [ Phoebe Cary ]

Our lives are but our marches to the grave. [ Beaumont and Fletcher ]

Brave deeds are the monuments of brave men. [ Napoleon I ]

Ulcers cannot be cured, that are concealed. [ Proverb ]

These words are razors to my wounded heart. [ William Shakespeare ]

Oh! roses and lilies are fair to see;
But the wild bluebell is the flower for me. [ Louisa A. Meredith ]

To him that wills, ways are seldom wanting. [ Proverb ]

Our doubts are traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win.
By fearing to attempt. [ William Shakespeare ]

The greatest sounds are not the best music. [ Proverb ]

Young men are made wise, old men become so. [ Proverb ]

Beauty's tears are lovelier than her smile. [ Campbell ]

All authors to their own defects are blind. [ Dryden ]

Bliss in possession will not last;
Remember'd joys are never past;
At once the fountain, stream, and sea.
They were, - they are, - they yet shall be. [ Montgomery ]

Fools are wise men in the affairs of women. [ Proverb ]

The fisher droppeth his net in the stream,
And a hundred streams are the same as one;
And the maiden dreameth her love-lit dream;
And what is it all, when all is done?
The net of the fisher the burden breaks
And always the dreaming the dreamer wakes. [ Alice Cary ]

Things seen are mightier than things heard. [ Alfred Tennyson ]

Full of wisdom are the ordinations of Fate. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Some kinds of baseness are nobly undergone. [ William Shakespeare ]

We are easily persuaded of what pleases us. [ Mme. de Fontaines ]

The books are balanced in heaven, not here. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Music resembles poetry; in each
Are nameless graces which no methods teach,
And which a master-hand alone can reach. [ Pope ]

Evil and good are God's right band and left. [ Bailey ]

Words are but wind, but seeing is believing. [ Proverb ]

There are few die well that die in a battle. [ William Shakespeare ]

There are remedies for all things but death. [ Carlyle ]

The greater scholars are not the wisest men. [ Proverb ]

Women as a sex are Sphinxes without secrets. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

We ought to die when we are no longer loved. [ Mme. Sophie Gray ]

We never forget, though there we are forgot. [ Byron ]

Wisdom and Goodness are twin born, one heart
Must hold both sisters, never seen apart. [ Cowper ]

There are more men threatened than stricken. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

When the heart is full, the lips are silent.

Habits are at first cobwebs, at last cables. [ Proverb ]

Good maxims are the germs of all excellence. [ Joubert ]

These riches are possessed, but not enjoyed. [ Homer ]

Cause and effect are the chancellors of God. [ Emerson ]

Few are fit to be entrusted with themselves. [ Proverb ]

Base terms are bellows to a slackening fire. [ Proverb ]

Our virtues are often but vices in disguise. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

All things that great men do, are well done. [ Proverb ]

Friendships are discovered rather than made. [ Mrs. Stowe ]

Romances are not in books, they are in life.

They that fear an overthrow are half-beaten. [ Proverb ]

So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more. [ Tennyson ]

We rise by things that are 'neath our feet,
By what we have mastered of good and gain,
By the pride deposed, and passion slain,
And the vanquished ills that we hourly meet. [ J. G. Holland, Pseudonym: Timothy Titcomb ]

Ourselves are to ourselves the cause of ill;
We may be independent if we will. [ Churchill ]

Men that are crafty deal mostly in generals. [ Proverb ]

They are not all saints that use holy water. [ Proverb ]

Credulity tells people we are short-sighted. [ Proverb ]

A sea before
The Throne is spread; - its pure still glass
Pictures all earth-scenes as they pass.
We, on its shore,
Share, in the bosom of our rest,
God's knowledge, and are blest. [ Cardinal Newman ]

Things which are above us are nothing to us. [ Proverb ]

Procrastination is the thief of time,
Year after year it steals, till all are fled
And to the mercies of a moment leaves
The vast concourse of an eternal scene. [ Young ]

There are heroes in evil as well as in good. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Flatterers are the bosom enemies of princes. [ South ]

Vices are often habits rather than passions. [ Rivarol ]

Flowers are like the pleasures of the world. [ William Shakespeare ]

Where penury is felt the thought is chained.
And sweet colloquial pleasures are but few. [ Cowper ]

Deep brown eyes running over with glee;
Blue eyes are pale, and gray eyes are sober;
Bonnie brown eyes are the eyes for me. [ Constance F. Woolson ]

Ye immortal gods! where in the world are we? [ Cicero ]

Novels are to love as fairy tales to dreams. [ Coleridge ]

The stars are forth, the moon above the tops
Of the snow-shining mountains - Beautiful!
I linger yet with nature, for the night
Hath been to me a more familiar face
Than that of man; and in her starry shade
Of dim and solitary loveliness,
I learned the language of another world. [ Byron ]

Blessings are not valued till they are gone. [ Proverb ]

None but yourself who are your greatest foe. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

Maids make much of one; good men are scarce. [ Proverb ]

You are like a hog, never good while living. [ Proverb ]

Uncurbed ambition, unresisting sloth,
And base dependence, are the fiends accurst. [ Mason ]

Fate and the dooming gods are deaf to tears. [ Dryden ]

All things are easy that are done willingly. [ Proverb ]

Honest minds are pleased with honest things. [ Beaumont and Fletcher ]

And conscience, truth and honesty are made
To rise and fall, like other wares of trade. [ Moore ]

The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to plague us. [ William Shakespeare ]

All sorrows are bearable, if there is bread. [ Cervantes ]

There are, while human miseries abound,
A thousand ways to waste superfluous wealth,
Without one fool or flatterer at your board,
Without one hour of sickness or disgust. [ Armstrong ]

Nations, as well as individuals, are mortal. [ Oliver B. Seward ]

We that acquaint ourselves with every zone,
And pass the tropics, and behold each pole;
When we come home, are to ourselves unknown,
And unacquainted still with our own soul. [ Davies ]

Good words cost nothing, but are worth much. [ Proverb ]

The hopes of zeal are not wholly groundless. [ Johnson ]

Literary men are ... a perpetual priesthood. [ Carlyle ]

But dreams full oft are found of real events
The form and shadows. [ Joanna Baillie ]

No doors are shut against honest grey-hairs. [ Proverb ]

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

He is wiser than most men are who is honest. [ Proverb ]

Words are the only things that last forever. [ Hazlitt ]

Many with trust, with doubt few, are undone. [ Greville ]

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods;
They kill us for their sport. [ William Shakespeare ]

Are you called forth from out a world of men,
To slay the innocent? [ William Shakespeare ]

Tears are a good alterative, but a poor diet. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Vexations, duly borne,
Are but as trials, which heaven's love to man
Sends for his good. [ William Shakespeare ]

Friday night's dreams on Saturday told
Are sure to come true - be they never so old. [ Old Sayings ]

Those edges soonest turn, that are most keen;
A sober moderation stands secure.
No violent extremes endure. [ Aleyn ]

There are a kind of men so loose of soul
That in their sleep will utter their affairs. [ William Shakespeare ]

Your Words are like the notes of dying swans,
Too sweet to last. [ Dryden ]

O women! you are very extraordinary children! [ Diderot ]

Often try what weight you can support.
And what your shoulders are too weak to bear. [ Roscommon ]

Your main fault is, you are good for nothing. [ Proverb ]

Avoid extremes, and shun the fault of such
Who still are pleased too little or too much. [ Pope ]

Skill and confidence are an unconquered army. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

They are those winged messengers that can fly
From the Antarctic to the Arctic sky;
The heralds and swift harbingers that move
From east to west on embassies of love. [ Howell ]

Seven may be company, but nine are confusion. [ Proverb ]

What, is the jay more precious than the lark,
Because his feathers are more beautiful?
Or is the adder better than the eel,
Because his painted skin contents the eye? [ William Shakespeare ]

My teeth are nearer to me than my kindred is. [ Proverb ]

See what money can do: that can change
Men's manners; alter their conditions!
How tempestuous the slaves are without it!
O thou powerful metal! what authority
Is in thee! thou art the key to all mens
Mouths: with thee, a man may lock up the jaws
Of an informer; and without thee, he
Cannot open the lips of a lawyer. [ Richard Brome ]

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. [ Emerson ]

Among mortals second thoughts are the wisest. [ Euripides ]

Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain-tops. [ William Shakespeare ]

Sweet are the pleasures that to verse belong.
And doubly sweet a brotherhood in song. [ Keats ]

Daughters and dead fish are no keeping wares. [ Proverb ]

All places shall be hell that are not heaven. [ Marlowe ]

Vanity and rudeness are seldom seen together. [ Lavater ]

Yes - the same sin that overthrew the angels,
And of all sins most easily besets
Mortals the nearest to the angelic nature:
The vile are only vain; the great are proud. [ Byron ]

The wisest men are wise to the full in death. [ John Ruskin ]

He is the free man whom the truth makes free,
And all are slaves besides. [ William Cowper ]

He hath ill repented whose sins are repeated. [ St. Augustine ]

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine despair
Rise in the heart and gather in the eyes,
In looking on the happy autumn fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more. [ Alfred Tennyson ]

None are happy but by anticipation of change. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Sometimes we are devils to ourselves.
When we will tempt the frailty of our powers.
Presuming on their changeful potency. [ William Shakespeare ]

Their smiles and censures are to me the same. [ Dryden ]

Sweet flowers are slow, and weeds make haste. [ William Shakespeare, Richard III ]

We begin not to live, till we are fit to die. [ Proverb ]

His delicate ears are delighted with a title. [ Horace ]

The farmers are the founders of civilization. [ Daniel Webster ]

Mendings are honourable, rags are abominable. [ Proverb ]

Few are they who have been spared by calumny. [ George Sand ]

Many books,
Wise men have said, are wearisome; who reads
Incessantly, and to his reading brings not
A spirit and judgment equal or superior,
Uncertain and unsettled still remains -
Deep versed in books, and shallow in himself. [ Milton ]

All beasts of prey are strong or treacherous. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

When you are in the way you ask for the path. [ Proverb ]

Time is short; your obligations are infinite. [ Massillon ]

Few there are that will endure a true friend. [ Proverb ]

The rich are trustees under God for the poor. [ Proverb ]

Our opportunities to do good are our talents. [ Dr. Mather ]

Weeds are apt to grow faster than good herbs. [ Proverb ]

Virtue and happiness are mother and daughter. [ Proverb ]

Our dangers and delights are near allies.
From the same stem the rose and prickle rise. [ Aleyn ]

Ideas are the greatest warriors of the world. [ Garfield ]

Not in the clamor of the crowded street.
Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng,
But in ourselves are triumph and defeat. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

Poor worms, they hiss at me, whilst I at home
Can be contented to applaud myself, with joy,
To see how plump my bags are and my barns. [ Ben Jonson ]

The miracles of earth are the laws of heaven. [ Jean Paul Richter ]

For thoughts are so great - aren't they, sir?
They seem to lie upon us like a deep flood. [ George Eliot ]

You are like a cuckoo, you have but one song. [ Proverb ]

A woman, a spaniel, and a walnut tree,
The more they are beaten, the better they be. [ Proverb ]

Good and evil are chiefly in the imagination. [ Proverb ]

As your enemies and your friends, so are you. [ Lavater ]

Words are less needful to sorrow than to joy. [ Helen Jackson ]

Pigeons are taken when crows fly at pleasure. [ Proverb ]

These grains of gold are not grains of wheat!
These bars of silver thou canst not eat;
These jewels and pearls and precious stones
Cannot cure the aches in thy bones,
Nor keep the feet of death one hour
From climbing the stairways of thy tower. [ Longfellow ]

Even grave divines submit to glittering gold,
The best of consciences are bought and sold. [ Dr. Wolcot ]

His steps are beauty, and His presence light. [ Montgomery ]

These are Thy glorious works. Parent of good. [ Milton ]

We cannot enjoy a friend here.
If we are to meet it is beyond the grave.
How much of our soul a friend takes with him!
We half die in him. [ William Ellery Channing ]

When remedies are past, the griefs are ended. [ William Shakespeare ]

Husbands are in heaven whose wives chide not. [ Proverb ]

Call us not weeds, we are flowers of the sea. [ E. L. Aveline ]

A small number of choice books are sufficient. [ Voltaire ]

They say, best men are moulded out of faults;
And, for the most, become much more the better
For being a little bad. [ William Shakespeare ]

All things are in perpetual flux and fleeting. [ Proverb ]

We are bound to be honest, but not to be rich. [ Proverb ]

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise! [ Homer ]

Affliction's sons are brothers in distress;
A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss! [ Burns ]

When the belly is full, the bones are at rest. [ Proverb ]

All things are not to be granted at all times. [ Proverb ]

We are not to lead events, but to follow them. [ Epictetus ]

The tears of penitents are the wine of angels. [ St. Bernard ]

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. [ Bible ]

We are more mindful of injuries than benefits. [ Proverb ]

The only eyes a general can trust are his own. [ U. S. Grant ]

How oft, when men are at the point of death.
Have they been merry! which their keepers call
A lightning before death. [ William Shakespeare ]

Losses we are accustomed to, affect us little. [ Juv ]

Riches are apt to betray a man into arrogance. [ Addison ]

Age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress;
And, as the evening twilight fades away.
The stars are seen by night, invisible by day. [ Longfellow ]

What masks are these uniforms to hide cowards! [ Duke of Wellington ]

If she do frown, it is not in hate of you,
But rather to beget more love in you:
If she do chide, it is not to have you gone;
For why, the fools are mad if left alone.
Take no repulse, whatever she doth say;
For - get you gone - she doth not mean - away. [ William Shakespeare ]

Tales of Robin Hood are good enough for fools. [ Proverb ]

When all the blandishments of life are gone,
The coward sneaks to death, the brave live on. [ Dr. Sewell ]

Soldiers in peace are like chimneys in summer. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Each substance of a grief hath twenty shadows,
Which show like grief itself, but are not so:
For sorrow's eye glazed with blinding tears,
Divides one thing entire to many objects. [ William Shakespeare ]

Concealed grudges are gangrenes in friendship. [ Proverb ]

My thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel. [ William Shakespeare ]

Philosophers are only men in armour after all. [ Dickens ]

The man who consecrates his hours
By vigorous effort, and an honest aim.
At once he draws the sting of life and death;
He walks with nature; and her paths are peace. [ Young ]

Good words without deeds are rushes and reeds. [ Proverb ]

Order and system are nobler things than power. [ Ruskin ]

Our glories float between the earth and heaven
Like clouds which seem pavilions of the sun,
And are the playthings of the casual wind. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

You are a sweet nut, if you were well cracked. [ Proverb ]

There are times when patience proves at fault. [ Robert Browning ]

Some books are only cursorily to be tasted of. [ Fuller ]

Virtue's paths are first rugged then pleasant. [ Proverb ]

Some hearts are hidden, some have not a heart. [ Crabbe ]

Men acquire acuteness; women are born with it.

Honest men's words are as good as their bonds. [ Proverb ]

Him only pleasure leads and peace attends,
Him, only him, the shield of Jove defends,
Whose means are fair and spotless as his ends. [ Wordsworth ]

Around the neck what dross are gold and pearl! [ Young ]

Friends are like melons. Shall I tell you why?
To find one good, you must a hundred try. [ Claude Mermet ]

Two fools in a house are too many by a couple. [ Proverb ]

The love of a woman, and a bottle of wine,
Are sweet for a season, but last a short time. [ Proverb ]

Men are more prone to pleasure than to virtue. [ Cicero ]

The thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts. [ Lapland Proverb ]

The greatest packs are not always the richest. [ Proverb ]

Thou nursest all, and murderest all, that are. [ William Shakespeare ]

Eternal Spirit of the chainless mind!
Brightest in dungeons, Liberty! thou art.
For there thy habitation is the Heart -
The Heart which love of thee alone can bind;
And when thy sons to fetters are consigned -
To fetters and the damp vault's dayless gloom,
Their country conquers with their Martyrdom,
And Freedom's fame finds wings on every wind. [ Byron ]

Science and art are the handmaids of religion. [ Francois Delsarte ]

Old acquaintances are better than new friends. [ Mme. du Deffand ]

Misfortunes when asleep are not to be awakened. [ Proverb ]

Women, when offended, are generally implacable.

Old wine and an old friend are good provisions. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

The morals of today are made up of appearances. [ Mme. Louise Colet ]

Men are we, and must grieve when even the shade
Of that which once was great is passed away. [ Wordsworth ]

Your dirty shoes are not welcome in my parlour. [ Proverb ]

Sins and debts are aye mair than we think them. [ Scotch Proverb ]

You are like foul weather, you come unsent for. [ Proverb ]

The biggest horses are not the best travellers. [ Proverb ]

Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

There are more ways to kill a dog than hanging. [ Proverb ]

Chickens are long in coming out of unlaid eggs. [ German Proverb ]

The wages of a good workman are never too high. [ French Proverb ]

Cats are hungry when a crust will content them. [ Proverb ]

It is time enough to cry Oh! when you are hurt. [ Proverb ]

Critics are like brushes of noblemen's clothes. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Disgraces are like cherries, one draws another. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

The two principal things are wisdom and health. [ Proverb ]

Not a man, for being simply man,
Hath any honour, but honour for those honours
That are without him, as place, riches, favour,
Prizes of accident, as oft as merit. [ William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida ]

Thus was beauty sent from heaven,
The lovely ministress of truth and good,
In this dark world; for truth and good are one,
And beauty dwells in them and they in her
With like participation. [ Akenside ]

The tempest is over-blown, the skies are clear,
And the sea charmed into a calm so still
That not a wrinkle ruffles her smooth face. [ Dryden ]

Roads are many; authentic finger-posts are few. [ Carlyle ]

Guests that come by daylight are best received. [ Proverb ]

We are near waking when we dream that we dream. [ Novalis ]

There is an evening twilight of the heart.
When its wild passion-waves are lulled to rest. [ Fitz-Greene Halleck ]

Custom forms us all.
Our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed belief
Are consequences of our place of birth. [ Hill ]

We are never like angels till our passion dies. [ Thomas Dekker ]

Great honours are great burdens; but on whom
They're cast with envy, he doth bear two loads. [ Ben Jonson ]

There are no laws by which we can write Iliads. [ Ruskin ]

If you are wise, and prize your peace of mind,
Believe me true, nor listen to your Jealousy,
Let not that devil which undoes your sex,
That cursed curiosity seduce you
To hunt for needless secrets, which, neglected,
Shall never hurt your quiet, but once known
Shall sit upon your heart, pinch it with pain,
And banish sweet sleep forever from you. [ Rowe ]

We are not ourselves
When nature, being oppress'd, commands the mind
To suffer with the body. [ William Shakespeare ]

Like conquering tyrants you our breasts invade.
Where you are pleased to ravage for awhile;
But soon you find new conquests out and leave
The ravaged province ruinate and bare. [ Otway ]

They make their fortune who are stout and wise. [ Tasso ]

A cake and a bad custom are fated to be broken. [ French Proverb ]

Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends. [ Coleridge ]

Conscience and wealth are not always neighbors. [ Massinger ]

The things that are below us are nothing to us. [ Proverb ]

All things are difficult, before they are easy. [ Proverb ]

Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes
The eyes see better for being washed with them. [ Bovee ]

Beauty, like wit, to judges should be shown;
Both most are valued where they best are known. [ Lyttelton ]

If you are negligent, others will be so to you. [ Proverb ]

When our thoughts are born
Though they be good and humble, one should mind
How they are reared, or some will go astray. [ Jean Ingelow ]

Give what thou canst, without thee we are poor;
And with thee rich, take what thou wilt away. [ Cowper ]

Riches are well, if gotten well and spent well. [ Vespasian ]

Ye have a world of light,
When love in the loved rejoices;
But the blind man's home is the house of night.
And its beings are empty voices. [ Bulwer ]

Greatness, with private men
Esteem'd a blessing, is to me a curse;
And we, whom from our high births they conclude
The only free men, are the only slaves:
Happy the golden mean. [ Massinger ]

Why, all delights are vain; but that most vain,
Which, with pain purchased doth inherit pain. [ William Shakespeare ]

The bells themselves are the best of preachers,
Their brazen lips are learned teachers.
From their pulpits of stone, in the upper air,
Sounding aloft, without crack or flaw.
Shriller than trumpets under the Law,
Now a sermon and now a prayer. [ Longfellow ]

For Beauty's tears are lovelier than her smile. [ Campbell ]

The crackling embers on the hearth are dead;
The indoor note of industry is still;
The latch is fast; upon the window-sill
The small birds wait not for their daily bread;
The voiceless flowers - how quietly they shed
Their nightly odours; - and the household rill
Murmurs continuous dulcet sounds that fill
The vacant expectation, and the dread
Of listening night. [ Hartley Coleridge ]

Round its breast the rolling clouds are spread.
Eternal sunshine settles on its head. [ Goldsmith ]

For highest looks have not the highest mind,
Nor haughty words most full of highest thought;
But are like bladders blown up with the wind,
That being pricked evanish into nought. [ Spenser ]

Lovely flowers are the smiles of God's goodness. [ Wilberforce ]

Dead men are of no family, and are akin to none. [ Proverb ]

Our present tears here, not our present laughter
Are but the handsells of our joys here after. [ Robert Herrick ]

None are rash when they are not seen by anybody. [ Stanislaus ]

How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false
As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins
The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars,
Who, inward search'd, have livers white as milk. [ William Shakespeare ]

Long pains, with use of bearing, are half eased. [ Dryden ]

Wife and children are hostages given to fortune. [ Proverb ]

The darts of love are blunted by maiden modesty. [ Cervantes ]

Some dreams we have are nothing else but dreams.
Unnatural and full of contradictions;
Yet others of our most romantic schemes
Are something more than fictions. [ Hood ]

Words are like leaves, and when they most abound
Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found. [ Alexander Pope ]

Passions are likened best to floods and streams;
The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb. [ Sir Walter Raleigh ]

Riches are coveted to minister to our pleasures.

These earthly god-fathers of heaven's lights
That give a name to every fixed star
Have no more profit of their shining nights
Than those that walk, and wot not what they are. [ William Shakespeare ]

Conceit, more rich in matter than in words,
Brags of his substance, not of ornament:
They are but beggars that can count their worth. [ William Shakespeare ]

Our common friends are but spies of our actions. [ Proverb ]

O nightingale, that on yon blooming spray
Warblest at eve, when all the woods are still,
Thou with fresh hope the lovers heart doth fill! [ Milton ]

They are so like that both are the worse for it. [ Proverb ]

Long while I sought to what I might compare
Those powerful eyes, which light my dark spirit;
Yet found I nought on earth, to which I dare
Resemble the image of their goodly light.
Not to the sun, for they do shine by night;
Nor to the moon, for they are changed never;
Nor to the stars, for they have purer sight;
Nor to the fire, for they consume not ever;
Nor to the lightning, for they still persevere;
Nor to the diamond, for they are more tender;
Nor unto crystal, for nought may they sever;
Nor unto glass, such baseness might offend her;
Then to the Maker's self the likest be;
Whose light doth lighten all that here we see. [ Spenser ]

All are friends in heaven, all faithful friends.
And many friendships in the days of Time
Begun, are lasting there and growing still. [ Pollok ]

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. [ Fielding ]

Cooks are not to be taught in their own kitchen. [ Proverb ]

Riches are able to solder up abundance of flaws. [ Cervantes ]

Look unto those they call unfortunate;
And, closer viewed, you'll find they are unwise. [ Young ]

Woes cluster; rare are solitary woes;
They love a train, they tread each other's heel. [ Young ]

There are more natural buffoons than artificial. [ Proverb ]

Love, hope, fear, faith — these make humanity;
These are its sign and note and character. [ Robert Browning ]

The further you run, the further you are behind. [ Proverb ]

Magistrates are to obey as well as execute laws. [ Proverb ]

Count not your chickens before they are hatched. [ Proverb ]

What are these,
So withered, and so wild in their attire;
That look not like the inhabitants of the earth,
And yet are on it. [ Shakespeare ]

If you are too unfortunate nobody will know you. [ Proverb ]

Grey hairs are wisdom - if you hold your tongue;
Speak - and they are but hairs, as in the young. [ Philo ]

Contemptuous people are sure to be contemptible. [ Chamfort ]

Flowers are Love's truest language; they betray,
Like the divining rods of Magi old,
Where precious wealth lies buried, not of gold,
But love - strong love, that never can decay! [ Park Benjamin ]

A pebble and a diamond are alike to a blind man. [ Proverb ]

Chains of gold are stronger than chains of iron. [ Proverb ]

What shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue! [ Burke ]

Most wretched men
Are cradled into poetry by wrong;
They learn in suffering what they teach in song. [ Shelley ]

Lawyers' houses are built on the heads of fools. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

You will never be mad, you are of so many minds. [ Proverb ]

Dogs once scalded are afraid even of cold water. [ Proverb ]

A mare's shoe and a horse's shoe are both alike. [ Proverb ]

Taste and good-nature are universally connected. [ Shenstone ]

What! are you afraid of him that died last year? [ Proverb ]

Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions. [ Matthew Henry ]

The rising blushes, which her cheek over spread,
Are opening roses in the lily's bed. [ Gay ]

Prosperity and vanity are often lodged together. [ Proverb ]

Progress, man's distinctive mark alone,
Not God's and not the beasts': God is, they are;
Man partly is, and wholly hopes to be. [ Browning ]

A child's birds, and a boy's wife are well used. [ Proverb ]

Do you never think what wondrous beings these?
Do you never think who made them, and who taught
The dialect they speak, where melodies
Alone are the interpreters of thought?
Whose household words are songs in many keys,
Sweeter than instrument of man ever caught! [ Longfellow ]

Mornings are mysteries; the first world's youth,
Mans resurrection, and the future's bud
Shroud in their births. [ Henry Vaughan ]

The pleasant books, that silently among
Our household treasures take familiar places,
And are to us as if a living tongue
Spake from the printed leaves or pictured faces! [ Longfellow ]

As you are old and reverend, you should be wise. [ William Shakespeare ]

Those dreams, that on the silent night intrude,
And with false flitting shades our minds delude,
Jove never sends us downward from the skies;
Nor can they from infernal mansions rise;
But are all mere productions of the brain,
And fools consult interpreters in vain. [ Swift ]

The worst of men are those who will not forgive. [ Proverb ]

When you are at sea, sail; when at land, settle. [ Proverb ]

Great riches are of no real and substantial use. [ Proverb ]

There are things
Which make revenge a virtue by reflection,
And not an impulse of mere anger; though
The laws sleep, justice wakes, and injured souls
Oft do a public right with private wrong. [ Byron ]

New customs, Though they be never so ridiculous.
Nay, let them be unmanly, yet are followed. [ William Shakespeare ]

Of what delights are we deprived by our excesses! [ Joubert ]

The spongy clouds are filled with gathering rain. [ Dryden ]

You are a pretty fellow to ride a goose a gallop. [ Proverb ]

Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed. [ Pascal ]

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. [ Benjamin Franklin ]

There are no eyes so sharp as the eyes of hatred. [ George S. Hillard ]

Men are misers, and women prodigal, in affection. [ Lamartine ]

Lawless are they that make their wills their law. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable. [ Addison ]

Foxes never fare better than when they are curst. [ Proverb ]

They are like bells; every one in a several note. [ Proverb ]

I see thou art implacable, more deaf
To prayers than winds and seas. Yet winds to seas
Are reconciled at length, and sea to shore:
Thy anger, unappeasable, still rages
Eternal tempest never to be calmed. [ Milton ]

They are scarce of horses when two ride on a dog. [ Proverb ]

The soul whose bosom lust did never touch
Is God's fair bride, and maidens' souls are such. [ Decker ]

There are whole veins of diamonds in thine eyes.
Might furnish crowns for all the Queens of earth. [ Bailey ]

If wrong our hearts, our heads are right in vain. [ Young ]

They (hours) pass, and are placed to our account. [ Mart ]

All generalizations are dangerous, even this one. [ Dumas, Fils ]

Those that much covet are with gain so fond,
That what they have not, that which they possess,
They scatter and unloose it from their bond.
And so, by hoping more, they have but less. [ William Shakespeare ]

It is pity you are not a little more tongue-tied. [ Proverb ]

There are many lovely women, but no perfect ones. [ Victor Hugo ]

You pretend to be a visitor but are really a spy. [ Proverb ]

Great countries are those that produce great men. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

Tears are the tribute of humanity to its destiny. [ W. R. Alger ]

There are as well serious follies, as light ones. [ Proverb ]

The brains of a pedant, however fall, are vacant. [ Greville ]

The greatest barkers are not the greatest biters. [ Proverb ]

The long days are no happier than the short ones. [ Bailey ]

Too curious man! why dost thou seek to know
Events, which, good or ill, foreknown, are woe!
The all-seeing power, that made thee mortal, gave
Thee every thing a mortal state should have. [ Dryden ]

Over the river they beckon to me,
Loved ones who've crossed to the farther side;
The gleam of their snowy robes I see.
But their voices are drowned in the dashing tide. [ Nancy A. W. Priest ]

There are more old drunkards than old physicians. [ Proverb ]

There are female women, and there are male women. [ Charles Buxton ]

All things in their being are good for something. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

When the wares are gone shut up the shop windows. [ Proverb ]

The passions are the orators of great assemblies. [ Rivarol ]

Even the best things are not equal to their fame. [ Thoreau ]

Gold! gold! in all ages the curse of mankind,
Thy fetters are forged for the soul and the mind.
The limbs may be free as the wings of a bird.
And the mind be the slave of a look and a word.
To gain thee men barter eternity's crown,
Yield honour, affection, and lasting renown. [ Park Benjamin ]

Words are the motes of thought, and nothing more. [ Bailey ]

Great deeds immortal are - they cannot die,
Unscathed by envious blight or withering frost,
They live, and bud, and bloom; and men partake
Still of their freshness, and are strong thereby. [ Aytoun ]

Make thee my knight? my knights are sworn to vows
Of utter hardihood, utter gentleness,
And, loving, utter faithfulness in love,
And uttermost obedience to the king. [ Alfred Tennyson ]

Friends are to incite one another to God's works. [ William Ellery Channing ]

For fate has wove the thread of life with pain,
And twins even from the birth are misery and man. [ Pope ]

Men of cruelty are birds of the devil's hatching. [ Proverb ]

That is not a council wherein there are no sages. [ Hitopadesa ]

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. [ Johnson ]

There are fewer students of man than of geometry. [ Pascal ]

Those that are always angry, are little regarded. [ Proverb ]

Books are the immortal sons deifying their sires. [ Plato ]

Diffidence and awkwardness are antidotes to love. [ Hazlitt ]

It is in worldly accidents.
As in the world itself, where things most distant
Meet one another: Thus the east and west.
Upon the globe a mathematical point
Only divides: Thus happiness and misery.
And all extremes, are still contiguous. [ Denham ]

Sweet is the smile of home; the mutual look,
When hearts are of each other sure;
Sweet all the joys that crowd the household nook,
The haunt of all affections pure. [ Cowper ]

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. [ Congreve ]

Wit and judgment often are at strife,
Though meant each other's aid, like man and wife. [ Pope ]

Your peaks are beautiful, ye Apennines!
In the soft light of these serenest skies;
From the broad highland region, black with pines,
Fair as the hills of Paradise they rise.
Bathed in the tint Peruvian slaves behold
In rosy flushes on the virgin gold. [ William Cullen Bryant ]

Your great admirers are mostly but silly fellows. [ Proverb ]

A ship, a mill, and a woman are always repairing. [ Proverb ]

Great interests are apt to clash with each other. [ Lucan ]

Agreeable surprises are the perquisites of youth. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Little griefs are loud, great sorrows are silent. [ Proverb ]

Where there are boots ready spurs may be wanting. [ Proverb ]

In this wild world the fondest and the best
Are the most tried, most troubled and distressed. [ Crabbe ]

Some men are born to feast, and not to fight;
Whose sluggish minds, e'en in fair honor's field.
Still on their dinner turn -
Let such pot-boiling varlets stay at home,
And wield a flesh-hook rather than a sword. [ Joanna Baillie ]

Many that are wits in jest, are fools in earnest. [ Proverb ]

Words are like sea-shells on the shore; they show
Where the mind ends, and not how far it has been. [ Bailey ]

A daring pilot in extremity;
Pleased with the danger, when the waves went high
He sought the storms; but, for a calm unfit,
Would steer too nigh the sands to boast his wit.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
And thin partitions do their bounds divide; [ Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel ]

Fire and water are good servants but bad masters. [ Proverb ]

And the dream that our mind had sketched in haste
Shall others continue, but never complete.
For none upon earth can achieve his scheme;
The best as the worst are futile here:
We wake at the self-same point of the dream -
All is here begun, and finished elsewhere. [ Victor Hugo ]

Friends are to be estimated from deeds, not words. [ Liv ]

By sports like these are all their cares beguil'd,
The sports of children satisfy the child. [ Goldsmith ]

It is only in little matters that men are cowards. [ W. H. Herbert ]

Crows are never the whiter for washing themselves. [ Proverb ]

All kinds are good except the kind that bores you. [ Voltaire ]

From great folks great favours are to be expected. [ Cervantes ]

All are good maids, but whence come the bad wives? [ Proverb ]

Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The helmed Cherubim,
And sworded Seraphim,
Are seen in glittering ranks with wings displayed. [ Milton ]

As each one wishes his children to be so they are. [ Terence ]

Those only are despicable who fear to be despised. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Friends are not so soon got or recovered, as lost. [ Proverb ]

There is a strength
Deep-bedded in our hearts, of which we reck
But little, till the shafts of heaven have pierced
Its fragile dwelling. Must not earth be rent
Before her gems are found? [ Mrs. Hemans ]

Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing. [ William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida ]

High houses are usually empty in the upper storey. [ German Proverb ]

Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel with smile or frown;
With that wild wheel we go not up or down;
Our hoard is little, but our hearts are great. [ Alfred Tennyson ]

My tastes are aristocratic; my actions democratic. [ Victor Hugo ]

Good neighbours, and true friends, are two things. [ Proverb ]

Benefits please like flowers while they are fresh. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

In love the heavens themselves do guide the state;
Money buys lands, and wives are sold by fate. [ William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act V. Sc. 5 ]

True friendship's laws are by this rule expressed.
Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest. [ Homer, Pope's Odyssey ]

Men are the cause of women not loving one another. [ La Bruyere ]

Ugly women, finely dressed, are the uglier for it. [ Proverb ]

Two anons and a by and by, are an hour and a half. [ Proverb ]

These spiritual joys are dogged by no sad sequels. [ Glanvill ]

Men are women's playthings; women are the devil's. [ Victor Hugo ]

Habit, to which all of us are more or less slaves. [ La Fontaine ]

Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own. [ William Shakespeare ]

The civilities of the great are never thrown away. [ Johnson ]

Great things are done when men and mountains meet;
These are not done by jostling in the street. [ Wm. Blake ]

Pleasures are enhanced that are sparingly enjoyed. [ Juv ]

Honors achieved tar axceed those that are created. [ Solon ]

Two consorts in heaven are not two, but one angel. [ Swedenborg ]

You are a fool; you do what has been done already. [ Plaut ]

You are a fine fellow to fetch the devil a priest. [ Proverb ]

The people are the only sovereigns of any country. [ R. D. Owen ]

Kinds hearts are here; yet would the tenderest one
Have limits to its mercy; God has none. [ A. A. Procter ]

Where the end is lawful the means are also lawful. [ A Jesuit maxim ]

God sent forth his breath, and they are scattered.
[ Inscription on medal struck to commemorate the destruction of the Spanish Armada ]

Kindnesses that we cannot requite are troublesome. [ Proverb ]

Old gossips are usually young flirts gone to seed. [ J. L. Basford ]

Sluts are good enough to make a sloven's porridge. [ Proverb ]

Wrinkles on the brow are the imprints of exploits. [ Racine ]

No matter where you're from your dreams are valid. [ Lupita Nyong'o ]

Things all are big with jest; nothing that's plain
But may be witty, if thou hast the vein ...
Many affecting wit beyond their power,
Have got to be a dear fool for an hour. [ George Herbert ]

There are no marriages in paradise - thank Heaven!

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered. [ William Shakespeare ]

Her years
Were ripe, they might make six-and-twenty springs;
But there are forms which Time to touch forbears,
And turns aside his scythe to vulgar things. [ Byron ]

Good-nature and good sense are usually companions. [ Pope ]

There are no birds this year in last year's nests. [ Proverb ]

Husband, you are a cuckold; Wife, who told you so? [ Proverb ]

Our character is our will; for what we will we are. [ Archbishop Manning ]

We expect everything, and are prepared for nothing. [ Madame Swetchine ]

You are in the roast-meat, while we are in the sod. [ Proverb ]

Women are not apt to be won by the charms of verse. [ Bayard Taylor ]

There are more physicians in health than drunkards. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

The common ingredients of health and long life are:
Great temperance, open air,
Easy labor, little care. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

It is in vain to use words when deeds are expected. [ Proverb ]

Where women are, and geese, there wants no gagling. [ Proverb ]

O very gloomy is the House of Woe,
Where tears are falling while the bell is knelling.
With all the dark solemnities which show
That Death is in the dwelling!
O, very, very dreary is the room
Where Love, domestic Love, no longer nestles.
But smitten by the common stroke of doom.
The corpse lies on the trestles! [ Hood ]

No errors are so mischievous as those of great men. [ Proverb ]

No ruins are so irreparable as those of reputation. [ Proverb ]

All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me. [ William Shakespeare ]

Fields are won by those who believe in the winning. [ T. W. Higginson ]

They only are wise who know that they know nothing. [ Carlyle ]

Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell. [ William Shakespeare ]

When clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks. [ William Shakespeare ]

Blessed are the one-eyed among those who are blind. [ Proverb ]

As soon as women are ours, we are no longer theirs. [ Montaigne ]

The times are bad, yet there are still great souls. [ Körner ]

The gods are immortal men, and men are mortal gods. [ Heraclitus ]

Light injuries are made none by not regarding them. [ Proverb ]

To all facts there are laws,
The effect has its cause, and I mount to the cause. [ Lord Lytton ]

We are sure to judge wrong if we do hot feel right. [ William Hazlitt ]

We are never as happy, nor as unhappy, as we fancy. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Words, however, are things; and the man who accords
To his language the license to outrage his soul
Is controlled by the words he disdains to control. [ Lord Lytton ]

Generous souls are still most subject to credulity. [ Sir W. Davenant ]

What poor creatures we men are, when I think of it. [ Plaut ]

Many are esteemed, only because they are not known.

All temptations are founded either in hope or fear. [ Proverb ]

Trust none,
For oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer cakes.
And hold-fast is the only doer. [ William Shakespeare ]

Life and religion are one, or neither is any thing. [ George MacDonald ]

Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Diseases of the eye are to be cured with the elbow. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Great expectations are better than poor possession. [ Cervantes ]

Cuckolds themselves are the very last that know it. [ Proverb ]

I know it; you are constrained by your inclination. [ Ter ]

There are moral as well as physical assassinations. [ Voltaire ]

But words are words; I never yet did hear
That the bruised heart was pierced through the ear. [ William Shakespeare, Othello, Act I. Sc. 3 ]

Children are certain cares, but uncertain comforts. [ Proverb ]

All extremes are error.
The reverse of error is not truth, but error still.
Truth lies between these extremes. [ Cecil ]

Great things through greatest hazards are achiev'd,
And then they shine. [ Beaumont ]

Riches well got and well used are a great blessing. [ Proverb ]

The fall of waters and the song of birds.
And hills that echo to the distant herds.
Are luxuries excelling all the glare
The world can boast, and her chief favorites share. [ Cowper ]

Dream after dream ensues;
And still they dream that they shall still succeed,
And still are disappointed. [ Cowper ]

Youth! youth! how buoyant are thy hopes! they turn,
Like marigolds, toward the sunny side. [ Jean Ingelow ]

He lives long that lives till all are weary of him. [ Proverb ]

The eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us. [ Franklin ]

Light griefs are plaintive, but great ones are dumb. [ Seneca ]

Lightness of carriage and beauty are old companions. [ Proverb ]

Religion, credit, and the eye are not to be touched. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Airs of importance are the credentials of impotence. [ Lavater ]

Little minds, like weak liquors, are soonest soured. [ Proverb ]

Honest thinkers are always stealing from each other. [ O. W. Holmes ]

Reason is an historian, but the passions are actors. [ Rivarol ]

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. [ William Shakespeare ]

Take no more on your back than you are able to bear. [ Proverb ]

Hasty counsels are generally followed by repentance. [ Laberius ]

Practice is to theory what the feet are to the head. [ E. de Girardin ]

Women are rakes by nature and prudes from necessity. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

The people are free, and see how well they enjoy it. [ Mephisto, in "Faust." ]

Women are angels, wooing:
Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing:
That she beloved knows naught, that knows not this -
Men prize the thing ungamed more than it is. [ William Shakespeare ]

Great minds, like Heaven, are pleased in doing good,
Though the ungrateful subjects of their favours
Are barren in return. [ Rowe ]

Affairs that are done by due degrees are soon ended. [ Proverb ]

You are come of good blood, and so is goose-pudding. [ Proverb ]

Thine eyes are like the deep, blue, boundless heaven
Contracted in two circles underneath
Their long, fine lashes; dark, far, measureless,
Orb within orb, and line through line inwoven. [ Shelley ]

Love and religion are both stronger than friendship. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. [ Byron ]

For there are deeds
Which have no form, sufferings which have no tongue. [ Shelley ]

The dainties of the great are the tears of the poor. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Let fate do her worst; there are moments of joy,
Bright dreams of the past, which she cannot destroy;
Which come in the nighttime of sorrow and care,
And bring back the features that joy used to wear. [ Moore ]

Building and marrying of children are great wasters. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

O world, what pictures and what harmonies are thine! [ Emerson ]

Wren's battles are as eagerly fought as crane's are. [ Proverb ]

There are countless roads on all sides to the grave. [ Cicero ]

Error's monstrous shapes from earth are driven
They fade, they fly - but truth survives the flight. [ Bryant ]

When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain. [ Shakespeare ]

Men are the cause of women's dislike for each other. [ La Bruyere ]

Tale-bearers are commonly a sort of half-witted men. [ Proverb ]

My days are in the yellow leaf;
The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
The worm, the canker, and the grief, Are mine alone. [ Byron ]

Life is a crucible. We are thrown into it and tried. [ Chapin ]

The heavens are as deep as our aspirations are high. [ Thoreau ]

Poor people are apt to think every body flouts them. [ Proverb ]

Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried. [ William Shakespeare ]

These wickets of the soul are placed so high,
Because all sounds do highly move aloft;
And that they may not pierce too violently,
They are delay'd with turns and twinings oft.
For should the voice directly strike the brain,
It would astonish and confuse it much;
Therefore these plaits and folds the sound restrain,
That it the organ may more gently touch. [ Sir John Davies ]

There are hypocrites of vices as well as of virtues. [ Duclos ]

There are more men ennobled by study than by nature. [ Cicero ]

Health and sickness surely are men's double enemies. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Whenever he speaks, Heaven, how the listening throng
Dwell on the melting music of his tongue!
His arguments are emblems of his mien,
Mild but not faint, and forcing, though serene:
And when the power of eloquence he'd try,
Here lightning strikes you, there soft breezes sigh. [ Garth ]

Where there are many laws there are many enormities. [ Proverb ]

What were once vices are now the fashion of the day. [ Seneca ]

It is for want of thinking that most men are undone. [ Proverb ]

Those are miserable pleasures that must end in pain. [ Proverb ]

The hell for women who are only handsome is old age. [ Saint-Evremond ]

Men are so unjust that to be unhappy is to be wrong. [ Mme. du Puisieux ]

The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time. [ Dante ]

Weep not, sweet queen, for trickling tears are vain. [ William Shakespeare ]

Great minds, like heaven, are pleased in doing good. [ Rowe ]

Smiles are smiles only when the heart pulls the wire. [ Theodore Winthrop ]

I have heard they are the most lewd impostors,
Made of all terms and shreds, no less beliers
Of great men's favours than their own vile medicines,
Which they will utter upon monstrous oaths;
Selling that drug for two pence ere they part.
Which they have valued at twelve crowns before. [ Ben Jonson ]

To seek in a sheep five feet when there are but four. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Virtue and a trade are the best portion for children. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

If you are too fortunate, you will not know yourself. [ Proverb ]

The parings of a pippin are better than a whole crab. [ Proverb ]

The spell is thine that reaches
The heart, and makes the wisest head its sport;
And there's one rare, strange virtue in thy speeches,
The secret of their mastery - they are short. [ Halleck ]

If you would be good, first believe that you are bad. [ Epictetus ]

While we are reasoning concerning life, life is gone. [ Hume ]

When you are good to others you are best to yourself. [ Proverb ]

The house is a fine house when good folks are within. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Things are where things are, and, as fate has willed.
So shall they be fulfilled. [ Robert Browning ]

In great pedigrees there are governors and chandlers. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Inconsiderable excuses are a sort of self-accusation. [ Proverb ]

Beauty and health are the chief sources of happiness. [ Beaconsfield ]

An infant when it gazes on the light,
A child the moment when it drains the breast,
A devotee when soars the Host in sight,
An Arab with a stranger for a guest,
A sailor when the prize has struck in fight,
A miser filling his most hoarded chest,
Feel rapture; but not such true joy are reaping
As they who watch over what they love while sleeping. [ Byron ]

The flowers are gone when the fruits appear to ripen. [ Pope ]

Nothing is difficult; it is only we who are indolent. [ B. R. Haydon ]

Little girls are won with dolls, big ones with oaths. [ A. Ricard ]

There are, whom heaven has blessed with store of wit,
Yet want as much again to manage it;
For wit and judgment ever are at strife,
Tho' meant each other's aid, like man and wife. [ Pope ]

Two heads are better than one, or why do folks marry? [ Proverb ]

All men's faces are true, whatsoever their hands are. [ William Shakespeare ]

The wrongs of a husband or master are not reproached. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Rank and riches are chains of gold, but still chains. [ Ruffini ]

In a case of extreme emergency all things are common. [ Law ]

Secret enmities are more to be feared than open ones. [ Cicero ]

All are presumed good till they are found in a fault. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Wishes, at least, are the easy pleasures of the poor. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

His resolve remains unshaken; tears are shed in vain. [ Virgil ]

Kind words are as a physician to an afflicted spirit. [ Proverb ]

Men's actions are not to be judged of at first sight. [ Proverb ]

Trust not the treason of those smiling looks.
Until ye have their guileful trains well tried;
For they are like but unto golden hooks.
That from the foolish fish their baits do hide:
So she with flattering smiles weak hearts doth guide
Unto her love, and tempt to their decay;
Whom, being caught, she kills with cruel pride,
And feeds at pleasure on the wretched prey. [ Spenser ]

These little things are great to little men.(Trifles) [ Goldsmith ]

Books, we know,
Are a substantial world, both pure and good;
Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood,
Our pastime and our happiness will grow. [ Wordsworth ]

Good poets are the inspired interpreters of the gods. [ Plato ]

Children are the keys of Paradise;
They alone are good and wise,
Because their thoughts, their very lives, are prayer. [ R. H. Stoddard ]

Men and pyramids are not made to stand on their head. [ G. K. Pfeffel ]

Pretexts are not wanting when one wishes to use them. [ Goldoni ]

Mankind are dastardly when they meet with opposition. [ Franklin ]

Passions are defects or virtues in the highest power. [ Goethe ]

Nature and wisdom are not, but should be, companions. [ Smollett ]

Deadly poisons are often concealed under sweet honey. [ Ovid ]

That exuberant age when all fresh fancies are fevers. [ Miss Braddon ]

Politeness is to goodness, what words are to thought. [ Joseph Joubert ]

Affirmations are apter to be believed than negations. [ Proverb ]

Remedies are slower in their operation than diseases. [ Tac ]

Absolute fiends are as rare as angels, perhaps rarer. [ J. S. Mill ]

Riches, understanding, beauty, are fair gifts of God. [ Luther ]

Supine facility and good nature are vastly different. [ Proverb ]

Like fish, that live in salt water and yet are fresh. [ Proverb ]

Fit words are fine, but often fine words are not fit. [ Proverb ]

There are occasions on which all apology is rudeness. [ Dr. Johnson ]

You, if you are wise, will not know what you do know. [ Ter ]

How truly are we the dupes of show and circumstances! [ Washington Irving ]

Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things. [ Samuel Madden ]

So long as you are ignorant, be not ashamed to learn. [ Proverb ]

Half of them are without heart, half without culture. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

That we would do,
We should do when we would; for this "would" changes,
And hath abatements and delays as many
As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents;
And then this "should" is like a spendthrift's sigh,
That hurts by easing. [ William Shakespeare, Hamlet ]

Almost always the most indigent are the most generous. [ Stanislaus ]

Tears are the deluge of sin and the world's sacrifice. [ Gregory Nazianzen ]

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. [ Bible ]

Young men should be learners, when old men are actors. [ Proverb ]

Those that are in love, think other people's eyes out. [ Proverb ]

The more we give to others, the more are we increased. [ Lao-Tze ]

Discontents are sometimes the better part of our life. [ Feltham ]

Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds. [ Goethe ]

Poets are like birds: the least thing makes them sing. [ Chateaubriand ]

Masters are mostly the greatest servants in the house. [ Proverb ]

We never live: we are always in expectation of living. [ Voltaire ]

A solitary blessing few can find,
Our joys with those we love are intertwined,
And he whose wakeful tenderness removes
The obstructing thorn that wounds the breast he loves,
Smooths not another's rugged path alone,
But scatters roses to adorn his own.

Trees and fields tell me nothing; men are my teachers. [ Plato ]

There are more lords in the world than fine gentlemen. [ Proverb ]

When my friends are one-eyed, I look at their profile. [ Joubert ]

Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

Critics are men who have failed in literature and art. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive,
Half wishing they were dead to save the shame.
The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow;
They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats,
And flare up bodily, wings and all. [ E. B. Browning ]

Men err from selfishness, women because they are weak. [ Mme. de Stael ]

A proud heart and a lofty mountain are never fruitful. [ George Eliot ]

As in some Irish houses, where things are so-so,
One gammon of bacon hangs up for a show; -
But, for eating a rasher of what they take pride in,
They'd as soon think of eating the pan it is fried in. [ Goldsmith ]

Pheasants are fools if they invite the hawk to dinner. [ Proverb ]

They are the heritage that glorious minds
Bequeath unto the world! — a glittering store
Of gems, more precious far than those he finds
Who searches miser's hidden treasures over.
They are the light, the guiding star of youth.
Leading his spirit to the realms of thought,
Pointing the way to Virtue, Knowledge, Truth,
And teaching lessons, with deep wisdom fraught.
They cast strange beauty round our earthly dreams,
And mystic brightness over our daily lot;
They lead the soul afar to fairy scenes,
Where the world's under visions enter not;
They're deathless and immortal — ages pass away,
Yet still they speak, instruct, inspire, amidst decay! [ Emeline S. Smith ]

Virtue and Love are two ogres: one must eat the other. [ D'Houdetot ]

Where love is great the littlest doubts are fear;
Where little fears grow great, great love grows there. [ William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Sc. 2 ]

The best manners are stained by the addition of pride. [ Claudian ]

A chill air surrounds those who are down in the world. [ George Eliot ]

If strokes are good to give, they are good to receive. [ Proverb ]

Every one's faults are not written in their foreheads. [ Proverb ]

There are few women whose charm survives their beauty. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Fine eyes are to the face what eloquence is to speech.

Alms are the golden key that opens the gate of Heaven. [ Proverb ]

The more we give to others, the more we are increased. [ Lao-Tze ]

There are follies as catching as contagious disorders. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

The Alphabet Of Success

Attend carefully to details.
Be prompt in all things.
Consider well, then decide positively.
Dare to do right, fear to do wrong.
Endure trials patiently.
Fight life's battles bravely.
Go not into the society of the vicious.
Hold your integrity sacred.
Injure not another's reputation.
Join hands only with the virtuous.
Keep your mind free from evil thoughts.
Lie not for any consideration.
Make few special acquaintances.
Never try to appear what you are not.
Observe good manners.
Pay your debts promptly.
Question not the verity of a friend.
Respect the desires of your parents.
Sacrifice money rather than principle.
Touch not, taste not, handle not intoxicating drinks.
Use your leisure for improvement.
Venture not upon the threshold of wrong.
Watch carefully over your passions.
Xtend to everyone a kindly greeting.
Yield not to discouragement.
Zealously labor for the right, and success is certain. [ Ladies Home Journal ]

Even the gods are unable to contend against necessity. [ Simonides ]

Silent men, like still waters, are deep and dangerous. [ Proverb ]

Thank God, men that are greatly guilty are never wise. [ Burke ]

Great poets are no sudden prodigies, but slow results. [ Lowell ]

Hopes and regrets are the sweetest links of existence. [ L. E. Landon ]

There are people who lie simply for the sake of lying. [ Pascal ]

The dispositions of the mind are expressed in flowers. [ James Ellis ]

Bachelor's wives, and maid's children are well taught. [ Proverb ]

Pride and poverty are ill met, yet often seen together. [ Proverb ]

The greatest things are done by the help of small ones. [ Proverb ]

Hypocrites are a sort of creatures that God never made. [ Proverb ]

There are many flowers from which no fruit is produced. [ Confucius ]

The only impeccable authors are those that never wrote. [ Hazlitt ]

Many men's thoughts are not acorns, but merely pebbles. [ Charles Buxton ]

Afflictions are in morals what bitters are in medicine. [ French ]

The chickens are the country's, but the city eats them. [ Proverb ]

Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from. [ Coleridge ]

Men's thoughts are much according to their inclination. [ Bacon ]

The popular ear weighs what you are, not what you were. [ Quarles ]

The fastidious are unfortunate; nothing satisfies them. [ La Fontaine ]

There comes Emerson first, whose rich words, every one,
Are like gold nails in temples to hang trophies on. [ Lowell ]

Certainly the greatest scholars are not the wisest men. [ Regnier ]

We all, when we are well, give good advice to the sick. [ Terence ]

Detractors are their own foes, and the world's enemies. [ Proverb ]

Our pleasures are mostly imagined, but our griefs real. [ Proverb ]

Fools are always resolute to make good their own folly. [ Proverb ]

Can that which is not shape, shape the things that are?
Is chance omnipotent - resolve me why
The meanest shellfish, and the noblest brute,
Transmit their likeness to the years that come? [ Dilnot Sladden ]

None but the contemptible are apprehensive of contempt. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. [ Bible ]

You are like fig-tree fuel, much smoke and little fire. [ Proverb ]

You are a man among the geese, when the gander is away. [ Proverb ]

The Image of Eternity - the throne
Of the Invisible; even from out thy slime
The monsters of the deep are made; each zone
Obeys thee; thou goest forth, dread, fathomless, alone. [ Byron ]

A great man and a great river are often ill neighbours. [ Proverb ]

Moderation consists in being moved as angels are moved. [ Joubert ]

Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy. [ Aristotle ]

There are some who are born with a sorrow in the heart. [ Lamennais ]

Fair flowers are not left standing long by the wayside. [ German Proverb ]

Angling is somewhat like poetry; men are to be born so. [ Izaak Walton ]

Minds which never rest are subject to many digressions. [ Joubert ]

Some men are like cats, they always fall on their feet. [ Anthony Collins ]

Fire and water are not more necessary than friends are. [ Proverb ]

Books are the ever-burning lamps of accumulated wisdom. [ George William Curtis ]

The account is all right, but the money-bags are empty. [ Spanish Proverb ]

Delay has always been injurious to those who are ready. [ Lucan ]

Men, like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest. [ Jean Paul Richter ]

Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be. [ William Shakespeare, Hamlet ]

If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad. [ Epictetus ]

The self-educated are marked by stubborn peculiarities. [ Isaac Disraeli ]

He that hath children, all his morsels are not his own. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Warm fortunes are always sure of getting good husbands. [ Goldsmith ]

Speak when you are spoken to, come when you are called. [ Proverb ]

Schoolhouses are the republican line of fortifications. [ James A. Garfield ]

Great men are never sufficiently shown but in struggles. [ Burke ]

Two daughters and a back door, are three arrant thieves. [ Proverb ]

Fortune is a divinity in whom there are no disbelievers. [ Senac de Meilhan ]

Give neither counsel nor salt till you are asked for it. [ Proverb ]

Studies perfect nature, and are perfected by experience. [ Bacon ]

Friendship and company are a bad excuse for ill actions. [ Proverb ]

The smiles of a pretty woman are the tears of the purse. [ Italian Proverb ]

When we are pleased ourselves we begin to please others. [ Proverb ]

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. [ Proverb ]

To blush at vice, shews the world you are ashamed of it. [ Proverb ]

There are abysses in the mind that are deeper than hell. [ Platen ]

Tell me what you like, and I will tell you what you are. [ John Ruskin ]

The ponderous tomes are bales of the mind's merchandise. [ Willmott ]

What God wishes and man wishes are two different things. [ French Proverb ]

Thanks are justly due for things we have not to pay for. [ Ovid ]

Crosses, though they be not pleasant, yet are wholesome. [ Proverb ]

It is madness to put on gloves when you are stark naked. [ Proverb ]

Our own actions are our security, not others' judgments. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. [ Sir Thomas Browne ]

Pardons and pleasantness are great revenges of slanders. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Masked balls are a merciful institution for ugly people.

Great pleasures are much less frequent than great pains. [ Hume ]

The smooth speeches of the wicked are full of treachery. [ Phaedrus ]

The ornaments of a home are the friends who frequent it. [ Emerson ]

Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. [ Bible ]

Women are never disarmed by compliments, men always are. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

The daisies' eyes are a-twinkle with happy tears of dew. [ Fitz-Hugh Ludlow ]

Ground not upon dreams, you know they are ever contrary. [ Thos. Middleton ]

Blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it. [ Bible ]

Things that are accidents to us, are providences to God. [ Proverb ]

There are depths in the soul which are deeper than hell. [ Platen ]

Where words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.
For they breathe truth that breathe their words in pain. [ William Shakespeare, King Richard II, Act II. Sc.1 ]

There are ceremonious bows that repel one like a cudgel. [ Bovee ]

Posts of honor are evermore posts of danger and of care. [ J. G. Holland ]

Seamen are the nearest to death and the farthest to God. [ Proverb ]

The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear. [ Burke ]

All are of the race of God, and have in themselves good. [ Bailey ]

None are less eager to learn than they who know nothing. [ Suard ]

The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Witty coxcombs are the most troublesome of all coxcombs. [ Proverb ]

Sins and debts are always more than we think them to be. [ Proverb ]

When beggars die, there are no comets seen;
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes. [ William Shakespeare ]

There are two levers for moving men - interest and fear. [ Napoleon ]

The best teachers of humanity are the lives of great men. [ Charles H. Fowler ]

Good actions are the best sacrifices we can offer to God. [ Proverb ]

Men are very generous with that which costs them nothing. [ Proverb ]

Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds. [ Emerson ]

The motions of passion and of conscience, are two things. [ Proverb ]

Slanderers are the devil s bellows to blow up contention. [ Proverb ]

We are no longer happy, so soon as we wish to be happier. [ Walter Savage Landor ]

Tomorrow comes, and we are where? Then let us live today. [ Schiller ]

As soon as a woman becomes ours, we are no longer theirs. [ Montaigne ]

The vulgar and the many are fit only to be led or driven. [ South ]

The sun may do its duty, though your grapes are not ripe. [ Proverb ]

I cannot hear what you say for listening to what you are. [ Emerson ]

Freethinkers are generally those that never think at all. [ Laurence Sterne ]

Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities. [ Bovee ]

Look to the players; ...
They are the abstract and brief chroniclers of the times. [ William Shakespeare, Hamlet ]

The Wise (Minstrel or Sage), out of their books are clay;
But in their books, as from their graves they rise.
Angels - that, side by side, upon our way,
Walk with and warn us! [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Reasonable men are the best dictionaries of conversation. [ Goethe ]

They are the abstracts, and brief chronicles of the time. [ William Shakespeare ]

They say, the tongues of dying men
Enforce attention, like deep harmony;
Where words are scarce, they're seldom spent in vain;
For they breathe truth, that breathe their words in pain. [ William Shakespeare ]

Courage and resolution are the spirit and soul of virtue. [ Proverb ]

Temperance and labour are the two best physicians of man. [ Rousseau ]

Pick-pockets are sure traders, for they take ready money. [ Proverb ]

Flatterers are cats that lick before, and scratch behind. [ German Proverb ]

The purse-strings are the most common ties of friendship. [ Proverb ]

Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

The more you are talked about, the less powerful you are. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

Sympathising and selfish people are alike given to tears. [ Leigh Hunt ]

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. [ Thoreau ]

As we are poetical in our natures, so we delight in fable. [ Hazlitt ]

Yon gray lines that fret the clouds are messengers of day. [ William Shakespeare ]

Fetters of gold are still fetters, and silken cords pinch. [ Proverb ]

Love and trust are the only mother-milk of any man's soul. [ John Ruskin ]

Wounds may heal, but not those that are made by ill words. [ Proverb ]

We are led on, like little children, by a way we know not. [ George Eliot ]

Human Inventions are no essential parts of divine worship. [ Proverb ]

All the wicked are water-drinkers; this the deluge proves.

Great vices, and great virtues, are exceptions in mankind. [ Napoleon I ]

It is only dislocated minds whose movements are spasmodic. [ Willmott ]

Force is all-conquering, but its victories are shortlived. [ Abraham Lincoln ]

Angry men and drunken men, during the fit, are distracted. [ Proverb ]

There's a charm in delivery, a magical art,
That thrills like a kiss from the lip to the heart;
It is the glance - the expression - the well-chosen word -
By whose magic the depths of the spirit are stirred.
The lip's soft persuasion - its musical tone:
Oh! such were the charms of that eloquent one! [ Mrs. Welby ]

Good impulses are naught, unless they become good actions. [ Joubert ]

Things subject to mutability are every moment growing old. [ Dr. Winter ]

It is time enough to answer questions when they are asked. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Beggars are the vermin that attach themselves to the rich.

Friends are much better tried in bad fortune than in good. [ Aristotle ]

Nature's gentlemen are the worst type of gentlemen I know. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

There are more maids than Moggy, and more men than Jockey. [ Proverb ]

His promises are lighter than the breath that utters them. [ Proverb ]

Like men, nations are purified and strengthened by trials. [ Samuel Smiles ]

Honest men are soon bound, but you can never bind a knave. [ Proverb ]

Stones are hollowed out by the constant dropping of water. [ Ovid ]

Female gossips are generally actuated by active ignorance. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Afflictions are but conductors to immortal life and glory. [ Aughey ]

Good actions done in secret are the most worthy of honour. [ Pascal ]

Virtue and happiness are but two names for the same thing. [ Proverb ]

We are all Adam's children; but silk makes the difference. [ Proverb ]

The charges of building and making of gardens are unknown. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

My hands are clean, but my heart has somewhat of impurity. [ Euripides ]

The greatest favourites are in the most danger of falling. [ Proverb ]

None but cats and dogs are allowed to quarrel in my house. [ Proverb ]

Ill patterns are sure to be followed more than good rules. [ Locke ]

If you pity rogues, you are no great friend of honest men. [ Proverb ]

There are always more tricks in a town than are talked of. [ Cervantes ]

Guard well thy thoughts: our thoughts are heard in heaven. [ Young ]

Resolutions are well kept when they jump with inclination. [ Goldsmith ]

Some men by ancestry are only the shadow of a mighty name. [ Lucan ]

A monster whose vices are not redeemed by a single virtue. [ Juv ]

Brevity is very good, when we are, or are not, understood. [ Butler ]

Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. [ Jesus ]

Ceremonious friends are so, as far as a compliment will go. [ Proverb ]

It is circumstances (difficulties) which show what men are. [ Epictetus ]

There are as many pangs in love as shells on the sea-shore. [ Ovid ]

Truths are first clouds, then rain, then harvests and food. [ Ward Beecher ]

Man, woman, and devil, are the three degrees of comparison. [ Proverb ]

Wise books for half the truths they hold are honored tombs. [ George Eliot ]

When you are in vicious company you are among your enemies. [ Proverb ]

Words are daughters of earth, but ideas are sons of heaven. [ Dr. Samuel Johnson ]

Unfortunate and imprudent are two words for the same thing. [ French Proverb ]

How many unjust and wicked things are done from mere habit. [ Terence ]

Fools are apt to imitate only the defects of their betters. [ Swift ]

He drags his chain, and yet says it is others that are mad. [ Proverb ]

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thoughts. [ Shelley ]

To be famous when you are young is the fortune of the gods. [ Beaconsfield ]

We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed. [ Proverb ]

There are good marriages, but there are no delightful ones. [ Rochefoucauld ]

We are as liable to be corrupted by books as by companions. [ Fielding ]

Dandies, when first-rate, are generally very agreeable men. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

Faith and piety are rare among the men who follow the camp. [ Lucan ]

Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases. [ Hippocrates ]

Her hands are on the wheel, but her eyes are in the street. [ Proverb ]

More things are wrought by prayer than the world dreams of. [ Tennyson ]

Though the heavens be glorious, yet they are not all stars. [ Proverb ]

We laugh but little in our days, but are we less frivolous? [ Beranger ]

Women are too imaginative and sensitive to have much logic. [ Mme. du Deffand ]

The devil is never nearer, than when we are talking of him. [ Proverb ]

Flowers, leaves, fruit, are the airwoven children of light. [ Moleschott ]

If marriages are made in heaven, you had few friends there. [ Proverb ]

Facts are plain spoken; hopes and figures are its aversion. [ Addison ]

Decision and perseverance are the noblest qualities of man. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

It is not always for virtue's sake that women are virtuous. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of ages. [ Victor Hugo ]

All thoughtful men are solitary and original in themselves. [ Lowell ]

Women that are the least bashful are often the most modest. [ Colton ]

See me, how calm I am.
Ay, people are generally calm at the misfortunes of others. [ Goldsmith ]

Real motives, however seemingly apparent, are still hidden. [ Alfred Mercier ]

Afflictions are but as a dark entry into our Father's house. [ Thomas Brooks ]

Letters which are warmly sealed are often but coldly opened. [ Richter ]

It is the misfortune of worthy people that they are cowards. [ Voltaire ]

Famine, pestilence, and war are the destruction of a people.

To be rich be diligent; move on
Like heavens great movers that enrich the earth;
Whose moment's sloth would show the world undone;
And make the spring straight bury all her birth.
Rich are the diligent who can command Time - nature's stock. [ Davenant ]

As honest a man as any in the cards, when the kings are out. [ Proverb ]

Diamonds are not only dug for, but sometimes worn by slaves! [ Richter ]

There are rhymes which speak to the eye, and not to the ear. [ J. Cauvin ]

You look for a knot in a bulrush, (i.e. are too scrupulous). [ Proverb ]

There are some sorrows of which we should never be consoled. [ Mme. de Sevigni ]

Great spirits are easy in prosperity and quiet in adversity. [ Proverb ]

Duty and today are ours; results and futurity belong to God. [ Horace Greeley ]

Few are so wicked an to take delight in crimes unprofitable. [ Dryden ]

To many men well-fitting doors are not set on their tongues. [ Theognis ]

The wicked are always surprised to find ability in the good. [ Vauvenargues ]

All impediments in fancy's course are motives of more fancy. [ William Shakespeare ]

Our ideas, like pictures, are made up of lights and shadows. [ Joubert ]

Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world. [ Epictetus ]

To the persevering mortals, the blessed immortals are swift. [ Zoroaster ]

There are three ways,—the universities, the sea the court. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

We are ever young enough to sin, never old enough to repent. [ Proverb ]

Birds are entangled by their feet, and men by their tongues. [ Proverb ]

You are not good, if you are so only for the sake of praise. [ Proverb ]

There are few persons to whom truth is not a sort of insult. [ Ségur ]

Ours is the age of thought; hearts are stronger than swords. [ Wendell Phillips ]

The loves of some people are but the result of good suppers. [ Chamfort ]

We are never so happy, or unfortunate, as we think ourselves. [ Proverb ]

Resist as much as thou wilt; heaven's ways are heaven's ways. [ Lessing ]

They are little to be feared, whose tongues are their swords. [ Proverb ]

Three are too many to keep a secret, and too few to be merry. [ Proverb ]

Fools are all the world over, as he said that shod the goose. [ Proverb ]

Rules of society are nothing; one's conscience is the umpire. [ Mme. Dudevant ]

Tears are due to misfortune, and mortal woes touch the heart. [ Virgil ]

Boys are boys, and boys occupy themselves with boyish things.

The most lasting monuments are doubtless the paper monuments. [ Proverb ]

Great talents are rare, and they rarely recognise themselves. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

If one, two or three tell you, you are an ass, put on a tail. [ Proverb ]

Apt words have power to 'suage The tumors of a troubled mind;
And are as balm to festered wounds. [ Milton ]

A mother's tenderness and caresses are the milk of the heart. [ Mlle. de Guerin ]

Insolence is not logic; epithets are the arguments of malice. [ R. G. Ingersoll ]

Beauties that from worth arise are like the grace of deities. [ Sir J. Suckling ]

God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home. [ Joseph Roux ]

Good actions are the invisible hinges of the doors of heaven. [ Victor Hugo ]

Our actions are our own; their consequences belong to Heaven. [ Francis ]

Things above your height are to be looked at, not reached at. [ Proverb ]

They are proud in humility, proud in that they are not proud. [ Burton ]

The busiest of living agents are certain dead men's thoughts. [ Bovee ]

The greatest tyranny is to love where we are not loved again. [ Balzac ]

The people of England are the most enthusiastic in the world. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

Hedgehogs lodge among thorns, because themselves are prickly. [ Proverb ]

Authors are martyrs, witnesses to the truth, or else nothing. [ Carlyle ]

Gaudy slothful people are wasps, that eat up the bees' honey. [ Proverb ]

The things of the earth are not worth our attachment to them. [ Nicole ]

Who shall be true to us when we are so unsecret to ourselves? [ William Shakespeare ]

Flowers are as common in the country as people are in London. [ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest ]

In war events of importance are the result of trivial causes. [ Caesar ]

Where women are, the better things are implied if not spoken. [ A. Bronson Alcott ]

Woman divine that they are loved long before it is told them. [ Marivaux ]

There are persons always standing ready to believe a scandal. [ Ovid ]

In times of misfortune men's understandings even are sullied. [ Hitopadesa ]

Women are better sold for sorrow, than bought for repentance. [ Proverb ]

Men and cucumbers are worth nothing as soon as they are ripe. [ Jean Paul ]

Thersites's body is as good as Ajax's when neither are alive. [ William Shakespeare ]

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike.
We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are. [ Balzac ]

They are never alone who are accompanied with noble thoughts. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

There are zealots for slavery as well as zealots for freedom. [ Burleigh ]

We come to know best what men are, in their worse jeopardies. [ Daniel ]

When other people are fretful, do you be merciful and patient.

Unpleasing errors are never so welcome as pleasing falsehoods. [ Proverb ]

Riches are got with pain, kept with care, and lost with grief. [ Proverb ]

There are proselytes from atheism, but none from superstition. [ Junius ]

The afflictions to which we are accustomed, do not disturb us. [ Claudianus ]

Vows are the false money that pays for the sacrifices of love. [ Ninon de Lenclos ]

Riches are as a stronghold in the imagination of the rich man. [ Solomon ]

We are never happy: we can only remember that we were so once. [ Alexander Smith ]

Nowadays, those who love nature are accused of being romantic. [ Chamfort ]

Few and precious are the words which the lips of Wisdom utter,
To what shall their rarity be likened?
What price shall count their worth?
Perfect and much to be desired, and giving joy with riches,
No lovely thing on earth can picture all their beauty. [ Tupper ]

Of our enemies, the smallest are often the most to be dreaded. [ La Fontaine ]

People who have nothing to say are never at a loss in talking. [ Henry Wheeler Shaw (pen name Josh Billings) ]

We are all easily taught to imitate what is base and depraved. [ Juvenal ]

Forethought and prudence are the proper qualities of a leader. [ Tacitus ]

One ungrateful man does an injury to all who are in suffering. [ Syrus ]

We are only vulnerable and ridiculous through our pretensions. [ Mme, d Girardin ]

No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you. [ Job, in Bible ]

Let not another shuffle and cut the cards you are to deal out. [ Proverb ]

As pure in thought as angels are, to know her was to love her. [ Rogers ]

The acts that we conceal are regarded with the highest esteem. [ Pascal ]

Man never comprehends how anthropomorphic his conceptions are. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Small faults indulged are little thieves, that let in greater. [ Proverb ]

Wit and wisdom are like the seven stars, seldom seen together. [ Proverb ]

Where dainties are not to be had, be content with common fare. [ Proverb ]

The two sources of all quack-talent are cunning and impudence. [ Carlyle ]

All things that are, are with more spirit chased than enjoyed. [ William Shakespeare ]

Witticisms never are agreeable, which are injurious to others. [ From the Latin ]

Eyes are better, on the whole, than telescopes or microscopes. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

His lungs are very sensible, for every thing makes them laugh. [ Proverb ]

Friends are rare, for the good reason that men are not common. [ Joseph Roux ]

Women are in the moral world what flowers are in the physical. [ S. Marechal ]

Good writing and brilliant discourse are perpetual allegories. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Those are praised most, that are praised without any interest. [ Proverb ]

Bodies are slow of growth, but are rapid in their dissolution. [ Tacitus ]

Short words are best and old words when short are best of all. [ Winston Churchill ]

A merry old fool and a gay apish matron are domestic monsters. [ Proverb ]

Tears of joy, like summer rain-drops, are pierced by sunbeams. [ H. Ballou ]

Apes are never more beasts, than when they wear men's clothes. [ Proverb ]

They favor learning whose actions are worthy of a learned pen. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Excess and violence are the greatest outrages against liberty. [ Villemain ]

Be the first to say what is self-evident, and you are immortal. [ Marie Ebner-Eschenbach ]

The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed. [ I Samuel ii. 3 ]

Aristotle said ... melancholy men of all others are most witty. [ Burton ]

Under the freest constitution ignorant people are still slaves. [ Condorcet ]

Loving souls are like paupers. They live on what is given them. [ Madame Swetchine ]

Therefore a man is a cuckold, because two are too hard for one. [ Proverb ]

Pretty women without religion are like flowers without perfume. [ Heinrich Heine ]

At weddings and funerals, friends are descerned from kinsfolks. [ Proverb ]

Books are the best things, well used; abused, among the worst. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

There are likely to be short graces where the devil plays host. [ Lamb ]

Circumstances that render us frail, only show how frail we are. [ Mme. de Choiseul ]

Friendships that are disproportioned ever terminate in disgust. [ Goldsmith ]

Words are grown so false, I am loath to prove reason with them. [ William Shakespeare ]

There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake. [ Swift ]

If you are going to cheat, it's better if you don't get caught. [ Yogi Berra ]

He deceitfully relates stories that are merely lessons in vice. [ Horace ]

Men are slow to repose confidence in undertakings of magnitude. [ Ovid ]

Danger levels man and brute, and all are fellows in their need. [ Byron ]

What are ye orbs? The words of God? The Scripture of the skies? [ Philip J. Bailey ]

The more you speak of yourself, the more you are likely to lie. [ Zimmermann ]

Ideas are like beards; men do not have them until they grow up. [ Francois M. A. de Voltaire ]

The mouths of lions are with impunity handled by their keepers. [ Seneca ]

Passionate men like fleet hounds are apt to over-run the scent. [ Proverb ]

Knaves are in such repute, that honest men are accounted fools. [ Proverb ]

There are cases where little can be said and much must be done. [ Johnson ]

Words are wise men's counters, but they are the money of fools. [ Hobbes ]

Women are charmingly artificial, but they have no sense of art. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Women are extremists: they are either better or worse than men. [ La Bruyere ]

There are calumnies against which even innocence loses courage. [ Napoleon ]

Riches for the most part are hurtful to them that possess them. [ Plutarch ]

All things are in fate, yet all things are not decreed by fate. [ Plato ]

A woman's best qualities are harmful if undiluted with prudence. [ Victor Hugo ]

He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

Our acts make or mar us, - we are the children of our own deeds. [ Victor Hugo ]

There are well-dressed follies, as there are well-clothed fools. [ Chamfort ]

Extremes are ever neighbors; it is a step from one to the other. [ Sheridan Knowles ]

Men's minds are too ingenious in palliating guilt in themselves. [ Livy ]

If one know them they are in the terrors of the shadow of death. [ Bible ]

Mothers are the only goddesses in whom the whole world believes.

Slow are the steps of freedom, but her feet turn never backward. [ Lowell ]

The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them. [ Goethe ]

The pleasures of the rich are bought with the tears of the poor. [ Proverb ]

Few hearts that are not double, few tongues that are not cloven. [ Proverb ]

Some must follow, and some command, though all are made of clay. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

Whose school-hours are all the days and nights of our existence. [ Carlyle ]

We are always looking into the future, but we see only the past. [ Madame Swetchine ]

If I had a dog so good for nothing as you are, I would hang him. [ Proverb ]

Science deals exclusively with things as they are in themselves. [ John Ruskin ]

We easily forget those faults which are known only to ourselves. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

More flies are taken with a drop of honey than a tun of vinegar. [ Proverb ]

Dewdrops are the gems of morning, but the tears of mournful eve. [ Coleridge ]

Even a pin is good for something, and that is more than you are. [ Proverb ]

Some who are eclipsed in the first rank may shine in the second. [ Voltaire ]

Liberty has no actual rights which are not grafted upon justice. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

Errors in the first concoction, are hardly mended in the second. [ Proverb ]

Cowards are made to be trampled on, unless their wit cover them. [ Proverb ]

Convictions that remain silent are neither sincere nor profound.

Ill news are swallow-winged, but what is good walks on crutches. [ Massinger ]

All are born to observe order, but few are born to establish it. [ Joubert ]

Little wrongs done to others are great wrongs done to ourselves. [ Proverb ]

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. [ Johnson ]

Prejudice, vanity, calculation: these are what govern the world. [ Chamfort ]

When the fox could not reach the grapes, he cried they are sour. [ Proverb ]

There are glances that have more wit than the most subtle speech.

What there are pride and covetousness in a man, two devils fight. [ Proverb ]

All women are good; viz. good for something, or good for nothing. [ Proverb ]

Sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory. [ Diderot ]

The chains which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least. [ Madame Swetchine ]

Thine are the hours and days when both are cheering and innocent. [ Byron ]

Great men are the true men, the men in whom Nature has succeeded. [ Amiel ]

Jests are seldom good the first time, but the second distasteful. [ Proverb ]

A wonder lasts but nine days, and then the puppy's eyes are open. [ Proverb ]

We are only so far worthy of esteem as we know how to appreciate. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time? [ Yogi Berra ]

We cannot be kind to each other here for an hour;
We whisper, and hint, and chuckle, and grin at a brother's shame;
However we brave it out, we men are a little breed. [ Alfred Tennyson ]

From ignorance our comfort flows, The only wretched are the wise. [ Prior ]

Eyes raised toward heaven are always beautiful, whatever they be. [ Joseph Joubert ]

The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The more women have risked, the more they are ready to sacrifice. [ Duclos ]

Those that are stung by the scorpion, are healed by the scorpion. [ Proverb ]

The fox, when he cannot reach the grapes, says they are not ripe. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

We gain justice, judgment, with years, or else years are in vain. [ Owen Meredith ]

Young men think old men fools; but old men know the young are so. [ Proverb ]

There are glances of hatred that stab and raise no cry of murder. [ George Eliot ]

By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life. [ Bible ]

When hearts hold converse, other parts of the body are in repose. [ Al-Misri ]

Those who are greedy of praise prove that they are poor in merit. [ Plutarch ]

There are no coxcombs so troublesome as those that have some wit. [ Proverb ]

The offspring of those that are very young or very old lasts not. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Sweetest melodies are those that are by distance made more sweet. [ Wordsworth ]

Wishes, like castles in the air, are inexpensive and not taxable. [ Haliburton ]

Cowards are cruel, but the brave Love mercy, and delight to save. [ Gay ]

Dignity and pride are of too near relationship for intermarriage. [ Madame Deluzy ]

A woman's hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them. [ George Eliot ]

We prize books, and they prize them most who are themselves wise. [ Emerson ]

The pleasures of thought are remedies for the wounds of the heart. [ Mme. de Stael ]

Solitude shows us what we should be; society shows us what we are. [ Cecil ]

To change, and to change for the better, are two different things. [ German Proverb ]

Superstition is the only religion of which base souls are capable. [ Joubert ]

Ideals are dangerous things. Realities wound, but they are better. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

Most men are afraid of a bad name, but few fear their consciences. [ Pliny ]

The fetters of rhyme are no more than a bracelet to the true poet. [ Hans Sachs ]

All governments are, to a certain extent, a treaty with the Devil. [ Jacobi ]

The heavens and the earth are but the time-vesture of the Eternal. [ Carlyle ]

Riches are for spending, and spending for honour and good actions. [ Bacon ]

The fatality of good resolutions is that they are always too late. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

It is seldom that beautiful persons are otherwise of great virtue. [ Bacon ]

Here are a few of the unpleasantest words that ever blotted paper! [ William Shakespeare ]

The great are great only because we are on our knees. Let us rise! [ Prud'homme ]

Happy are they who can create a rose-tree, or erect a honeysuckle. [ Gray ]

Manners, morals, customs change: the passions are always the same. [ Mme. de Flahaut ]

I find that most people are made only for the common uses of life. [ John Foster ]

American women are wonderfully clever in concealing their parents. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Every man's follies are the caricature resemblances of his wisdom. [ John Sterling ]

O solitude! where are the charms that sages have seen in thy face? [ Cowper ]

Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air. [ Johann C. F. Von Schiller ]

Justice is the bread of nations: they are always famishing for it. [ Chateaubriand ]

You are always singing the same tune, (i.e. harping on one theme). [ Ter ]

You are an honest man, and I am your uncle, and that’s two lies. [ Proverb ]

Time is lord of thee: Thy wealth, thy glory, and thy name are his. [ Thomas Love Peacock ]

All sorts are here that all the earth yields, variety without end. [ Milton ]

When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied. [ Tacitus ]

Riches are got wi' pain, kept wi' care, and tint (lost) wi' grief. [ Scotch Proverb ]

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

Men are never very wise and select in the exercise of a new power. [ Wm. Ellery Channing ]

Riches without law are more dangerous than is poverty without law. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

Flowers that come from a loved hand are more prized than diamonds.

Men are more prone to revenge injuries, than to requite kindnesses. [ Proverb ]

We are pilgrims, not settlers; this earth is our inn, not our home. [ J. H. Vincent ]

Our vices are like our nails: even as we cut them, they grow again. [ T. Bernard ]

Few men are both rich and generous; fewer are both rich and humble. [ Cardinal Manning ]

We perceive and are affected by changes too subtle to be described. [ Thoreau ]

Our spit is not yet at the fire, and you are got a basting already. [ Proverb ]

If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him. [ Proverb ]

The farthest from the fear are often Dearest to the stroke of fate. [ Young ]

We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others. [ Rochefoucauld ]

We are slow to believe that which, if believed, would work us harm. [ Ovid ]

Though fame is smoke, its fumes are frankincense to human thoughts. [ Byron ]

There are circumstances in which despair does not imply inactivity. [ Burke ]

Everything great is not always good, but all good things are great. [ Demosthenes ]

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. [ Benj. Disraeli ]

School distinctions are the impressions of the devil's cloven foot. [ Proverb ]

Great men are among the best gifts which God bestows upon a people. [ G. S. Hillard ]

Spite and ill-nature are among the most expensive luxuries in life. [ Dr. Johnson ]

No hand can make the clock strike for me the hours that are passed. [ Byron ]

There are none who are truly virtuous, but those who have combated.

We are to seek wisdom and understanding only in the length of days. [ Robert Hall ]

Death alone discloses how insignificant are the puny bodies of men. [ Juvenal ]

Knowledge and timber shouldn't be much used till they are seasoned. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

You are so cunning, you know not what weather it is, when it rains. [ Proverb ]

I must complain the cards are ill-shuffled till I have a good hand. [ Swift ]

Ah! perhaps while we are hoping, mischief has already overtaken us. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. [ John A. Shedd ]

Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities. [ Madame de Stael ]

Women are extreme in all points. They are better or worse than men. [ Bruyere ]

We are surrounded, ambushed, by the robber troops of circumstances. [ Hafiz ]

Tale-bearers, as I said before, are just as bad as the tale-makers. [ Sheridan ]

You are not yet a roasting, and yet you would have sops in the pan. [ Proverb ]

The principal foundation of all states are good laws and good arms. [ Machiavelli ]

All things are symbolical, and what we call results are beginnings. [ Plato ]

The ways of the heart, like the ways of Providence, are mysterious. [ W. Ware ]

There are no oaths that make so many perjurers as the vows of love. [ Rochebrune ]

Plain dealing is a jewel, but they that wear it are out of fashion. [ Proverb ]

Great talkers are like leaky pitchers, everything runs out of them. [ Proverb ]

What can we not endure. When pains are lessen'd by the hope of cure? [ Nabb ]

Quotations are best brought in to confirm some opinion controverted. [ Swift ]

The eyes are the windows of a woman's heart; you may enter that way! [ Eugene Sue ]

The wrinkles of the heart are more indelible than those of the brow. [ Mme. Deluzy ]

For one rich man that is content, there are an hundred that are not. [ Proverb ]

Libertines are hideous spiders, that often catch pretty butterflies. [ Diderot ]

Gifts and alms are the expressions, not the essence, of this virtue. [ Addison ]

Laws are not masters but servants, and he rules them who obeys them. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

If we are told a man is religious, we still ask what are his morals. [ S. de Bouflers ]

We are by no means aware how much we are influenced by our passions. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Absurdities are great or small in proportion to custom or insuetude. [ Landor ]

Undipped people may be as good as dipped, if their hearts are clean. [ Ruskin's rendering of the faith of St. Martin ]

Diversity of opinion proves that things are only what we think them. [ Montaigne ]

If you are surprised at the number of our maladies, count our cooks. [ Seneca ]

Rich men are indeed rather possessed by their money than possessors. [ Burton ]

If you are not a thinking man, to what purpose are you a man at all? [ S. T. Coleridge ]

On the brink of the waters of life and truth we are miserably dying. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Yes, we ought to forgive our enemies, but not until they are hanged. [ Heinrich Heine ]

The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. [ E. Gibbon ]

Men possessing small souls are generally the authors of great evils. [ Goethe ]

Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent. [ Rivarol ]

Works of the intellect are great only by comparison with each other. [ Emerson ]

Learned women are ridiculed because they put to shame unlearned men. [ George Sand ]

The two rarest things to be met with are good sense and good nature. [ William Hazlitt ]

They that are full of themselves are wise only for want of thinking. [ Proverb ]

Alas! by what slight means are great affairs brought to destruction. [ Claudianus ]

The eyes are the pioneers that first announce the soft tale of love. [ Propertius ]

We are not strong by our power to penetrate, but by our relatedness. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The love of power and the love of liberty are in eternal antagonism. [ J. Stuart Mill ]

A good man is kinder to his enemy than bad men are to their friends. [ Bishop Hall ]

If you love something set it free, unless the vultures are circling.

Lofty mountains are full of springs; great hearts are full of tears. [ Joseph Roux ]

All his faults are such that one loves him still the better for them. [ Goldsmith ]

These things are at once the cause and food of this delicious malady. [ Ovid ]

There are some things I am afraid of: I am afraid to do a mean thing. [ James A. Garfield ]

The passions are like fire and water; good servants, but bad masters. [ Proverb ]

While our hearts are pure, our lives are happy and our peace is sure. [ William Winter ]

Those are generally good at flattering who are good for nothing else. [ South ]

Honesty first; then courage; then brains - and all are indispensable. [ Roosevelt ]

My words are only words, and moved Upon the topmost froth of thought. [ Tennyson ]

All men are frail; but thou shouldst reckon none so frail as thyself. [ Thomas a Kempis ]

We are dying from our very birth, and our end hangs on our beginning. [ Manilius ]

Good thoughts are no better than good dreams unless they be executed. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

We are never so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Nothing shows one who his friends are like prosperity and ripe fruit. [ C. D. Warner ]

Principles, like troops of the line, are undisturbed, and stand fast. [ Richter ]

Happier are the hands compassed with iron than a heart with thoughts. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

The king may give the honour, but you are to make thyself honourable. [ Proverb ]

My tears are buried in my heart, like cave-locked fountains sleeping. [ L. B. Landon ]

Few persons have courage enough to appear as good as they really are. [ J. C. and A. W. Hare ]

Covetous men are condemned to dig in the mines for they know not who. [ Proverb ]

Weak men are easily put out of humor. Oil freezes quicker than water. [ Auerbach ]

Women are ever in extremes; they are either better or worse than men. [ Bruyere ]

The seeds of first instructions are dropped into the deepest furrows. [ Tupper ]

Pleasures are like liqueurs: they must be drunk but in small glasses. [ Romainville ]

The world is like a staircase; some are going up and some going down. [ Italian Proverb ]

Zeal and duty are not slow; But on occasion's forelock watchful wait. [ Milton ]

Of all thieves, fools are the worst; they rob you of time and temper. [ Goethe ]

Be secret and discreet; the fairy favors are lost when not concealed. [ Dryden ]

Few persons enjoy real liberty; we are all slaves to ideas or habits. [ Alfred de Musset ]

The wind always seems to blow against catchers when they are running. [ Yogi Berra ]

The wisest at most observe only how fate leads them, and are content. [ Foster ]

In these times we fight for ideas, and newspapers are our fortresses. [ Heine ]

Up start as many aches in his bones, as there are ouches in his skin. [ George Chapman ]

Death and love are the two wings which bear man from earth to heaven. [ Michael Angelo ]

It is to be lamented that great characters are seldom without a blot. [ George Washington ]

Things are not always what they seem; first appearances deceive many. [ Phaedrus ]

How wretched are the minds of men, and how blind their understandings. [ Lucretius ]

Time, patience, and industry are the three great masters of the world. [ Proverb ]

Our bravest lessons are not learned through success, but misadventure. [ Alcott ]

They that talk like philosophers are often observed to act like fools. [ Proverb ]

We think very few people sensible except those who are of our opinion. [ Rochefoucauld ]

We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings. [ Ovid ]

Struggle against it as thou wilt, yet heaven's ways are heaven's ways. [ Lessing ]

You must strike in measure when there are many to strike on one anvil. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Jewelry and profuse ornaments are unmistakable evidences of vulgarity. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

When a soldier is hit by a cannonball, rags are as becoming as purple. [ Thoreau ]

Acquaintances are best formed in prosperity; friendships in adversity. [ T. A. Emmett ]

Hereditary honours are a noble and a splendid treasure to descendants. [ Plato ]

Everybody exclaims against ingratitude. Are there so many benefactors? [ Alfred Bougeart ]

Obstinacy and vehemency in opinion are the surest proofs of stupidity. [ Barton ]

He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea. [ Proverb ]

Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt and cannot last. [ Bacon ]

You are as likely to obtain your wish, as the wolf is to eat the moon. [ Proverb ]

Lovers are never tired of each other; they always speak of themselves. [ La Roche ]

In times of necessity the words of the wise are worthy to be observed. [ Hitopadesa ]

The world is a net, the more we stir in it, the more we are entangled. [ Proverb ]

Truly great men are ever most heroic to those most intimate with them. [ John Ruskin ]

For one drop calls another down, till we are drowned in seas of grief. [ Dr. Watts ]

Women are demons that make us enter hell through the door of paradise.

The weakest and most timorous, are the most revengeful and implacable. [ Proverb ]

Divine indifference and brutish indifference are too often confounded. [ Feuchtersleben ]

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance. [ Samuel Butler ]

To be happy is not the purpose for which you are placed in this world. [ Froude ]

Great writers and orators are commonly economists in the use of words. [ Whipple ]

War is the tribunal of nations: victories and defeats are its decrees. [ Rivarol ]

Gardening, or husbandry, and working in wood, are healthy recreations. [ Locke ]

Self-made men are most always apt to be a little too proud of the job. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Theories are very thin and unsubstantial; experience only is tangible. [ Hosea Ballou ]

Men are like stone jugs - you may lug them where you like by the ears. [ Johnson ]

The nearer we approach great men, the clearer we see that they are men. [ Bruyere ]

We are sure to get the better of fortune if we do but grapple with her. [ Seneca ]

His clothes are worth a hundred pounds, but his wit is dear of a groat. [ Proverb ]

Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude. [ Arthur Schopenhauer ]

Kind hearts are more than coronets, and simple faith than Norman blood. [ Tennyson ]

Men of gravity are intellectual stammerers, whose thoughts move slowly. [ Hazlitt ]

Words are rather the drowsy part of poetry; imagination the life of it. [ Owen Feltham ]

Trifles lighter than straws are levers in the building up of character. [ Tupper ]

A group in which statues or pictures are represented by living persons. [ French ]

We are often prophets to others only because we are our own historians. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

Rich men without wisdom and learning are but sheep with golden fleeces. [ Solon ]

If you do no more than barely wish me well, you are no brother of mine. [ Proverb ]

All truths are not to be uttered; still it is always good to hear them. [ Mme. du Deffand ]

Books are the beehives of thought; laconics, the honey taken from them.

Habits leave their impress upon the mind, even after they are given up. [ Spurgeon ]

Death and the sun are two things not to be looked on with a steady eye. [ Proverb ]

Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be. [ Goethe ]

The books which help you most, are those which make you think the most. [ Theodore Parker ]

As birds are made to fly and rivers to run, so the soul to follow duty. [ Ramayana ]

We are charmed by neatness of person; let not thy hair be out of order. [ Ovid ]

Tears of joy are the dew in which the sun of righteousness is mirrored. [ Jean Paul ]

Many dream not to find, neither deserve, and yet are steeped in favors. [ Shakespeare ]

Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind. [ W. R. Alger ]

Warn them that are unruly, support the weak, be patient toward all men. [ St. Paul ]

When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves that we are leaving them. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Those that too much reverence the ancients, are a scorn to the moderns. [ Proverb ]

Your hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. [ Napoleon I ]

Trust not the heart of that man for whom old clothes are not venerable. [ Carlyle ]

Men are less eager for what they may have, than what they cannot obtain. [ Proverb ]

All inconsiderate enterprises are impetuous at first, but soon languish. [ Tacitus ]

Half the ills we hoard within our hearts are ills because we hoard them. [ Barry Cornwall ]

You are so tender, you dare not be hanged for fear of galling your neck. [ Proverb ]

There are two sorts of ruins: one is the work of time, the other of men. [ Chateaubriand ]

Health and good humor are to the human body like sunshine to vegetation. [ Massillon ]

We are valued in this world at the rate at which we desire to be valued. [ La Bruyère ]

Honours encourage the arts, for all are incited towards studies by fame. [ Cicero ]

All men are fools, and with every effort they differ only in the degree. [ Boileau ]

No affections and a great brain; these are the men to command the world. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

The flowers are full of honey, but only the bee finds out the sweetness. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

The only conquests that cause no regrets, are those made over ignorance. [ Napoleon I ]

Oaths are the counterfeit money with which we pay the sacrifice of love. [ Ninon de Leuclos ]

Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. [ Bible ]

The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy. [ William Penn ]

They that have voice of lions and act of hares, - are they not monsters? [ William Shakespeare ]

Old sciences are unraveled like old stockings, by beginning at the foot. [ Swift ]

When the rights of hospitality are invaded, revenge is almost allowable. [ Proverb ]

Eyes are not so common as poets would think, or poets would be plentier. [ Lowell ]

Regard not dreams, since they are but the images of our hopes and fears. [ Cato ]

Society depends upon women. The nations who confine them are unsociable. [ Voltaire ]

Of those which you read, some are good, some middling, and more are bad. [ Mart., of books ]

Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools. [ George Chapman ]

A sip is the most that mortals are permitted from any goblet of delight. [ A. B. Alcott ]

Speak to living ears as you will wish you had spoken when they are dead.

We are too prone to find fault; let us look for some of the perfections. [ Johann C. F. Von Schiller ]

Thou strong seducer, opportunity! of womankind, half are undone by thee. [ Dryden ]

It never occurs to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united. [ Goethe ]

The safest words are always those which bring us most directly to facts. [ Charles H. Parkhurst ]

They are as good cats that chase away the mice as those that catch them. [ German Proverb ]

Rivers are roads which travel, and which carry us whither we wish to go. [ Pascal ]

There are people so sensitive that they afflict us with our own sorrows. [ C. Jordan ]

Weaknesses, so called, are nothing more nor less than vices in disguise! [ Lavater ]

The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

How many threadbare souls are to be found under silken cloaks and gowns! [ Thomas Brooks ]

A good pilot and a fair wind are the requisites for a prosperous voyage. [ Demophilus ]

Diligence, frugality, and perseverance, are the leading steps to wealth. [ Downey ]

Occasions are rare; and those who know how to seize upon them are rarer. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Those gifts are ever the most acceptable which the giver makes precious. [ Ovid ]

Women are women, but to become mothers they go to duty through pleasure. [ Joubert ]

Angels boast ethereal vigor, and are formed from seeds of heavenly birth. [ Virgil ]

Our good purposes foreslowed are become our tormentors upon our deathbed. [ Bishop Hall ]

Decency is not defined by statute, but the laws of instinct are stronger. [ Duclos ]

Men are unwiser than children; they do not know the hand that feeds them. [ Carlyle ]

Too great and sudden changes, though for the better, are not easily born. [ Proverb ]

Great passions are incurable diseases; the very remedies make them worse. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

The words you've bandied are sufficient; 'Tis deeds that I prefer to see. [ Goethe ]

Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive. [ Haliburton ]

I like writing with a peacock's quill, because its feathers are all eyes. [ Proverb ]

What we know here is very little, but what we are ignorant of is immense. [ La Place ]

We are not so sensible of. the greatest health, as of the least sickness. [ Proverb ]

Expect injuries; for men are weak, and thou thyself doest such too often. [ Jean Paul ]

Most men are like plants: they possess properties which chance discovers. [ De Saint-Real ]

The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs. [ Bacon ]

White hairs are the crests of foam which cover the sea after the tempest. [ Elizabeth, Queen of Roumania ]

There are certain epochs in art when simplicity is audacious originality. [ Achilles Poincelot ]

Men are seldom blessed with good fortune and good sense at the same time. [ Livy ]

Great men are more distinguished by range and extent than by originality. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

You will find that most books worth reading once are worth reading twice. [ John Morley ]

To a woman, the romances she makes are more amusing than those she reads. [ T. Gautier ]

Clowns are best in their own company, but gentlemen are best every where. [ Proverb ]

Talking and eloquence are not the same; and to speak well are two things. [ Ben Jonson ]

Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing. [ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest ]

There are people who are almost in love, almost famous, and almost happy. [ Mme. de Krudener ]

Because its blessings are abused, must gold be censured, cursed, accused? [ Gay ]

It is a great happiness to be praised of them that are most praiseworthy. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

The religions of the world are the ejaculations of a few imaginative men. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Characters never change. Opinions alter, - characters are only developed. [ Disraeli ]

True greatness is sovereign wisdom. We are never deceived by our virtues. [ Lamartine ]

A man's passions, tastes, and opinions are discovered by his admirations. [ C. Nodier ]

They do not easily rise whose abilities are repressed by poverty at home. [ Juvenal ]

It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are. [ Sir James Mackintosh ]

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labour. [ Bible ]

Faults of ignorance are excuseable only, where the ignorance itself is so. [ Proverb ]

Expert men can execute, but learned men are more fit to judge and censure. [ Bacon ]

Favours, and especially pecuniary ones, are generally fatal to friendship. [ Hor. Smith ]

Borrow neither money nor time from your neighbor; both are of equal value. [ Francis Quarles ]

There are some trifles well habited, as there are some fools well clothed. [ Chamfort ]

Accent and emphasis are the pith of reading; punctuation is but secondary. [ Disraeli ]

There are no greater prudes than those women who have some secret to hide. [ George Sand ]

But look for ruin when a coward wins; For fear and cruelty are ever twins. [ Aleyn ]

There are men who never err, because they never propose anything rational. [ Goethe ]

Pretty women are like sovereigns: one flatters them only through interest.

One of the greatest misfortunes of worthy people is that they are cowards. [ Voltaire ]

Acts of kindness are soon forgotten, but the memory of an offence remains. [ Proverb ]

The night appears long to those who are overwhelmed with sorrow and grief. [ Apollodorus ]

Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman - repose in energy. [ Emerson ]

An army abroad is of little use unless there are prudent counsels at home. [ Cicero ]

Present opportunities are not to be neglected; they rarely visit us twice. [ Voltaire ]

In a great river great fish are found ; but take heed lest you be drowned. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Great affectation and great absence of it are at first sight very similar. [ Whately ]

As we are born to work, so others are born to watch over us while working. [ Goldsmith ]

The surest way of making a dupe is to let your victim suppose you are his. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

Since all the maids are good and lovable, from whence come the evil wives? [ Lamb ]

Men are contented to be laughed at for their wit, but not for their folly. [ Swift ]

The opposites of apparent chance are constancy and sensible interposition. [ Paley ]

The earth hath bubbles, as the water has, and these are of them. (Trifles) [ William Shakespeare ]

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. [ Bible ]

Grief has been compared to a hydra; for every one that dies, two are born. [ Calderon ]

The laws of nature are just, but terrible. There is no weak mercy in them. [ Longfellow ]

The smallest are nearest God, as the smallest planets are nearest the sun. [ Jean Paul ]

Women are often ruined by their sensitiveness, and saved by their coquetry. [ Mlle. Azais ]

What is man's love? His vows are broke even while his parting kiss is warm. [ Halleck ]

Sorrows when shared are less burdensome, though joys divided are increased. [ J. G. Holland ]

The public are to be caught by the ears, as one takes a pot by the handles. [ Proverb ]

Our blessings are the least heeded, because the most common events of life. [ Hosea Ballou ]

What stories are new? All types of all characters march through all fables. [ Thackeray ]

Look closely at those who patronise you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Except pain of body and remorse of conscience, all our evils are imaginary. [ Rousseau ]

The writings of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander. [ Landor ]

No ashes are lighter than those of incense, and few things burn out sooner. [ Landor ]

In a tête-à-tête we are never more interrupted than when we say nothing. [ Mlle. de Lespinasse ]

Silly dogs are more angry with the stone, than with the hand that flung it. [ Proverb ]

The real heroes of this war are the great, brave, patient, nameless people. [ Whitelaw Reid ]

They are sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing. [ William Shakespeare ]

The torments of martyrdoms are probably most keenly felt by the bystanders. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

There are no crown-wearers in heaven who were not cross-bearers here below. [ Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Gleanings among the Sheaves ]

When the world frowns, we can face it; but let it smile, and we are undone. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Sorrows humanize our race; Tears are the showers that fertilize this world. [ Jean Ingelow ]

Children suck the mother when they are young, and the father when grown up. [ Proverb ]

When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken. [ Beaconsfield ]

Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives. [ William Shakespeare ]

When we are young we lay up for old age; when we are old we save for death. [ La Bruyere ]

Whose lenient sorrows find relief, whose joys are chastened by their grief. [ Sir Walter Scott ]

I always think the flowers can see us, and know what we are thinking about. [ George Eliot ]

Our domestic affections are the most salutary basis of all good government. [ Beaconsfield ]

Wise men in the world are like timber-trees in a hedge, here and there one. [ Proverb ]

You are attempting to reconcile things which are opposite in their natures. [ Horace ]

Love and death are the two great hinges on which all human sympathies turn. [ B. R. Haydon ]

Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weakness. [ Mme. du Deffand ]

Truth and fiction are so aptly mixed that all seems uniform and of a piece. [ Roscommon ]

Covetous rich men are not so well fed, clothed, or respected, as other men. [ Proverb ]

Eagles we see fly alone; and they are but sheep which always herd together. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

Coquettes are like hunters who are fond of hunting, but do not eat the game.

Beautiful eyes in the face of a handsome woman are like eloquence to speech. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

The ambitious do not belong to themselves: they are the slaves of the world.

The most mischievous liars are those who keep sliding on the verge of truth. [ J. C. and A. W. Hare ]

Nature and truth are one, and immutable, and inseparable as beauty and love. [ Mrs. Jameson ]

Big destinies of nations or of persons are not founded gratis in this world. [ Carlyle ]

Pleasures are sins: we regret to offend God; but, then, pleasures please us. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

America is rising with a giant's strength. Its bones are yet but cartilages. [ Fisher Ames ]

The majority of the troubles in this world are the fault of the grammarians. [ Montaigne ]

There are some silent people who are more interesting than the best talkers. [ Earl of Beaconsfield ]

The centuries are conspirators against the sanity and authority of the soul. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

For books are as meats and viands are; some of good, some of evil substance. [ Milton ]

The moods of love are like the wind; and none knows whence or why they rise. [ Patmore ]

If you always live with those who are lame, you will yourself learn to limp. [ Latin Proverb ]

There are no perfect women in the world; only hypocrites exhibit no defects. [ Ninon de Lenclos ]

Obedience and resignation are our personal offerings upon the altar of duty. [ Hosea Ballou ]

A man who is proud of small things shows that small things are great to him. [ Madame de Girardin ]

It is some relief to the unfortunate to see there are others more miserable. [ Proverb ]

There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money. [ Benjamin Franklin ]

The tongues of mocking wenches are as keen as is the razor's edge invisible. [ Shakespeare ]

Children will grow up substantially what they are by nature - and only that. [ Mrs. H. B. Stowe ]

We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse. [ Madame Swetchine ]

To make a fine gentleman, several trades are required, but chiefly a barber. [ Goldsmith ]

It is not enjoined upon us to forget, but we are told to forgive our enemies. [ Chapin ]

When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return. [ Bible ]

Strong thoughts are iron nails driven in the mind, that nothing can draw out. [ Diderot ]

Great events are the hour-hands of time, while small events mark the minutes. [ Ramsay ]

Great men are rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges. [ T. W. Higginson ]

As nice as we are in love, we forgive more faults in that than in friendship. [ Henry Home ]

All things are admired either because they are new or because they are great. [ Bacon ]

Apothegms are the most infallible mirror to represent a man truly what he is. [ Plutarch ]

Long sentences in a short composition are like large rooms in a little house. [ Shenstone ]

Away! we know that tears are vain, that death never heeds nor hears distress. [ Byron ]

How blunt are all the arrows of thy quiver in comparison with those of guilt! [ Blair ]

The most careful reasoning characters are very often the most easily abashed. [ Mme. de Stael ]

Our actions are like the terminations of verses, which we rhyme as we please. [ Rochefoucauld ]

The higher we rise, the more isolated we become, and all elevations are cold. [ De Boufflers ]

Buffoonery and scurrility are the corruption of wit, as knavery is of wisdom. [ Proverb ]

The bounds of a man's knowledge are easily concealed, if be has but prudence. [ Goldsmith ]

We must laugh before we are happy, lest we should die without having laughed. [ La Bruyere ]

A woman by whom we are loved is a vanity; a woman whom we love is a religion. [ E. de Girardin ]

Two thirds of life are spent in hesitating, and the other third in repenting. [ E. Souvestre ]

Feelings are like chemicals; the more you analyse them, the worse they smell. [ Kingsley ]

Care is no cure, but rather corrosive for things that are not to be remedied. [ William Shakespeare ]

Great eaters and great sleepers are incapable of anything else that is great. [ Henry IV. of France ]

People are never so near playing the fool as when they think themselves wise. [ Lady Montagu ]

We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us. [ Ovid ]

It is our souls which are the everlastingness of God's purpose in this earth. [ William Mountford ]

We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates. [ Denis Diderot ]

Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free. [ Montesquieu ]

Oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer-cakes, and hold-fast is the only dog. [ William Shakespeare ]

In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest. [ Livy ]

We are pouring our words into a perforated cask (i.e. are throwing them away). [ Plaut ]

We live in an age when only unnecessary things are absolutely necessary to us. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

The best quarrels, in the heat, are cursed by those that feel their sharpness. [ William Shakespeare ]

I am satisfied that we are less convinced by what we hear than by what we see. [ Herodotus ]

Free-livers on a small scale, who are prodigal within the compass of a guinea. [ Washington Irving ]

The prayers of a lover are more imperious than the menaces of the whole world. [ George Sand ]

Be persuaded that your only treasures are those which you carry in your heart. [ Demophilus ]

Old trees in their living state are the only things that money cannot command. [ Landor ]

The diseases of the mind are more and more destructive than those of the body. [ Cicero ]

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea I have a goodly heritage. [ Psalm xvi:6 ]

When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are. [ Richard Hooker ]

There are different kinds of love, but they have all the same aim: possession. [ N. Roqueplan ]

As a sex, women are habitually indolent; and everything tends to make them so. [ Mary Wollstonecraft ]

There are plenty of nobodies in the world; we stumble over them at every step. [ T. Dwight, Jr ]

If you sleep till noon, you have no right to complain that the days are short. [ Proverb ]

There are few people who are not ashamed of their amours when the fit is over. [ Rochefoucauld ]

That blind, rascally boy that abuses everyone's eyes, because his own are out. [ William Shakespeare ]

The beings who appear cold, but are only timid, adore where they dare to love. [ Madame Swetchine ]

Those whose tongues are gentlemen ushers to their wit, and still go before it. [ Ben Jonson ]

Good deeds in this life are coals raked up in embers, to make a fire next day. [ Sir T. Overbury ]

Reserve is the truest expression of respect towards those who are its objects. [ De Quincey ]

No, no! I am but shadow of myself: You are deceived, my substance is not here. [ William Shakespeare ]

Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest violence. [ Jeffrey ]

The eyes of our souls only then begin to see when our bodily eyes are closing. [ William Law ]

Meddlers are the devil's body-lice, they fetch blood from those that feed them. [ Proverb ]

Men are more eloquent than women made; but women are more powerful to persuade. [ Thomas Randolph ]

Some are unwisely liberal; and more delight to give presents than to pay debts. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

There are authors in whose hand the pen becomes a magic wand: but they are few. [ Lady Montagu ]

Weeds are omnipresent; errors are to be found in the heart of the most lovable. [ George Sand ]

Those who appear cold, but are only timid, as soon as they dare to love, adore. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest. [ Voltaire ]

Our years, our debts, and our enemies are always more numerous than we imagine. [ C. Nodier ]

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, pass no criticisms. [ George Eliot ]

The favour of great men, and praise of the world, are not much to be relied on. [ Proverb ]

All the rarest hues of human life take radiance and are rainbowed out in tears. [ Massey ]

Body and soul like peevish man and wife, united jar, and yet are loath to part. [ Young ]

O, banish the tears of children! Continual rains upon the blossoms are hurtful. [ Richter ]

It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth. [ Colton ]

Our flatterers are our most dangerous enemies, and yet often lie in our bosoms. [ Proverb ]

We are often more agreeable through our faults than through our good qualities. [ Rochefoucauld ]

There are some passions so sweet that they excuse all the follies they provoke. [ Rochebrune ]

When you are an anvil, hold you still; when you are a hammer, strike your fill. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

There is but one kind of love, but there are a thousand different copies of it. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Women are constantly the dupes, or the victims, of their extreme sensitiveness. [ Balzac ]

Persist, persevere, and you will find most things attainable that are possible. [ Chesterfield ]

In adversity those talents are called forth, which are concealed by prosperity. [ Horace ]

In religion as in friendship, they who profess most are ever the least sincere. [ Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan ]

Such dupes are men to custom, and so prone
To reverence what is ancient, and can plead
A course of long observance for its use.
That even servitude, the worst of ills,
Because delivered down from sire to son, Is kept and guarded as a sacred thing! [ Cowper ]

Feelings, like flowers and butterflies, last longer the later they are delayed. [ Jean Paul ]

Active natures are rarely melancholy. Activity and melancholy are incompatible. [ Bovee ]

It is not virtuous women who are so ready to report suspicion of their sisters. [ Mme. de Krudener ]

The worst of enemies are flatterers, and the worst of flatterers are pleasures. [ Bossuet ]

I should rejoice if my pleasures were as pleasing to God as they are to myself. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past. [ T. Edwards ]

It is sweet to feel by what finespun threads our affections are drawn together. [ Sterne ]

When two beings are united by love, all social conventionalities are suspended. [ Balzac ]

All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate. [ Chamfort ]

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. [ Bible ]

You are in a pitiable condition when you have to conceal what you wish to tell. [ Syrus ]

Today, we are all adrift, having nothing more either to venerate or to believe. [ Mme. Louise Colet ]

Strong are the instincts with which God has guarded the sacredness of marriage. [ Maria M'Intosh ]

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. [ Sir T. F. Buxton ]

The enjoyments of this life are not equal to its evils, even if equal in number. [ Pliny ]

Ignorant people are to be caught by the ears as one catches a pot by the handle. [ From the French ]

Words are good, but are not the best. The best is not to be understood by words. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

No other protection is wanting, provided you are under the guidance of prudence. [ Juvenal ]

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings! [ Bible ]

Pity is not natural to man. Children are always cruel; savages are always cruel. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Man is the merriest species of the creation; all above or below him are serious. [ Addison ]

The more sincere we are in our belief, as a rule, the less demonstrative we are. [ Beecher ]

All men are equal; it is not birth, but virtue alone, that makes the difference. [ Voltaire ]

Men are like Geneva watches with crystal faces, which expose the whole movement. [ Emerson ]

Stinging envy is more merciful to good things that are old than such as are new. [ Phaedr ]

Be not dazzled by beauty, but look for those inward qualities which are lasting. [ Seneca ]

A readiness to resent injuries is a virtue only in those who are slow to injure. [ Sheridan ]

He that is poor, all his kindred scorn him; he that is rich, all are kin to him. [ Proverb ]

Our happiness in this world depends on the affections we are enabled to inspire. [ Duchesse de Praslin ]

Little ones are taught to be proud of their clothes before they can put them on. [ Locke ]

Great things are not accomplished by idle dreams, but by years of patient study. [ Aughey ]

The pains that excite the least pity in women are those that we suffer for them. [ Chabanon ]

Of all the tyrants the world affords, our own affections are the fiercest lords. [ Earl of Sterling ]

Wise friends are the best book of life, because they teach with voice and looks. [ Calderon ]

There are many rare abilities in the world, which fortune never brings to light. [ Proverb ]

There are some errors so sweet that we repent them only to bring them to memory. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

A man's opinions, look you, are generally of much more value than his arguments. [ Holmes ]

Look how the world's poor people are amazed at apparitions, signs and prodigies! [ William Shakespeare ]

When nations are to perish in their sins, 'tis in the Church the leprosy begins. [ Cowper ]

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above it. [ Washington Irving ]

Many actions calculated to procure fame are not conducive to ultimate happiness. [ Addison ]

A proverb says: A hearth of one's own and a good wife are worth gold and pearls. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people. [ James A. Garfield ]

They that are more frequent to dispute be not always the best able to determine. [ Hooker ]

Those presents are always the most acceptable which owe their value to the giver. [ Ovid ]

Flowers are the sweetest things that God ever made and forgot to put a soul into. [ H. W. Beecher ]

There is no tyrant like custom, and no freedom where its edicts are not resisted. [ Bovee ]

Those who ought to be secure from calumny are generally those who avoid it least. [ Stanislaus ]

Riches are of little avail in many of the calamities to which mankind are liable. [ Cervantes ]

The first faults are theirs that commit them; the second theirs that permit them. [ Proverb ]

Mind is the great lever. Thought is the process by which human ends are answered. [ Webster ]

The more haste we make in a wrong way, the further we are from our journey's end. [ Proverb ]

There are no ugly women; there are only women who do not know how to look pretty. [ Antoine Berryer ]

True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honours are withdrawn. [ Massinger ]

Large offers and sturdy rejections are among the most common topics of falsehood. [ Johnson ]

A mother's tenderness and a father's care are nature's gifts for man's advantage. [ L. Murray ]

Dr. Holmes says, both wittily and truly, that crying widows are easiest consoled. [ H. W. Shaw ]

The mines of knowledge are oft laid bare through the forked hazel wand of chance. [ Tupper ]

Great men are like meteors: they glitter and are consumed to enlighten the world. [ Napoleon I ]

Secrets with girls, like guns with boys, are never valued till they make a noise. [ Crabbe ]

How many sensations are attributed to the heart which have no connection with it! [ De Finod ]

In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker. [ Plutarch ]

Why should we complain, since we are so little moved by the complaints of others? [ Alfred Bougeart ]

Men are the sport of circumstances, when the circumstances seem the sport of men. [ Byron ]

There are some people whose morals are only in the piece: they never make a coat. [ Joubert ]

Those who want friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts. [ Bacon ]

You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good. [ J. C. Lavater ]

There is very great necessity indeed of getting a little more silent than we are. [ Carlyle ]

All men are fools, and notwithstanding all their care, they differ but in degree. [ Boileau ]

Alas! it is not permitted to any one to feel confident when the gods are adverse. [ Virgil ]

Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life. [ Southey ]

There are several remedies which will cure love, but there are no infallible ones. [ Rochefoucauld ]

The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes. Ignorance is the womb of monsters. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

Proverbs are, for the most part, rules of morals, and as such are often effective. [ Rev. Dr. Sharp ]

Though we have two eyes, we are supplied with but one tongue. Draw your own moral. [ Alphonse Karr ]

There is a German proverb which says that Take-it-Easy and Live-Long are brothers. [ Bovee ]

Sleep, riches, and health are only truly enjoyed after they have been interrupted. [ Richter ]

We are amused through the intellect, but it is the heart that saves us from ennui. [ Madame Swetchine ]

Goodness consists not in the outward things we do, but in the inward thing we are. [ Chapin ]

Our eyes when gazing on sinful objects are out of their calling and God's keeping. [ Fuller ]

We are born but to die (die in being born), and our end hangs on to our beginning. [ Manilius ]

There are many things which we can afford to forget which it is yet well to learn. [ Holmes ]

Great lies are as great as great truths, and prevail constantly and day after day. [ Thackeray ]

The gifts of genius are far greater than the givers themselves venture to suppose. [ Moses Harvey ]

First resolutions are not always the wisest, but they are usually the most honest. [ Lessing ]

These are the effects of doting age, - vain doubts and idle cares and overcaution. [ Dryden ]

Fire and sword are but slow engines of destruction in comparison with the babbler. [ Steele ]

When things are come to the execution, there is no secrecy comparable to celerity. [ Bacon ]

Let the misanthrope shun men and abjure; the most are rather lovable than hateful. [ Tupper ]

If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old. [ Lord Chesterfield ]

Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses. [ Bacon ]

There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love. [ Chamfort ]

Love-verses, writ without any real passion, are the most nauseous of all conceits. [ Shenstone ]

The sunshine of life is made up of very little beams that are bright all the time. [ Dr. John Aiken ]

We are so desirous of vengeance that people often offend us by not giving offence. [ Madame Deluzy ]

Aphorisms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feeling. [ W. R. Alger ]

Political parties are the only places left to us where people don't talk politics. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

Temperance, employment, and a cheerful spirit, are the great preservers of health. [ Proverb ]

Pedants, who have the least knowledge to be proud of, are impelled most by vanity. [ Wilkie Collins ]

Men are like money: we must take them for their value, whatever may be the effigy. [ Mme. Necker ]

There will always be romance in the world so long as there are young hearts in it. [ Bovee ]

Enmities unavowed and concealed are more to be feared than when open and declared. [ Cicero ]

There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen. [ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin ]

Good fortune and bad are alike necessary to man in order to develop his capability. [ French ]

Uncommon expressions are a disfigurement rather than an embellishment of discourse. [ Hume ]

Manners are the hypocrisies of nations: the hypocrisies are more or less perfected. [ Balzac ]

God estimates us not by the position we are in, but by the way in which we fill it. [ T. Edwards ]

Digressions incontestably are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading. [ Sterne ]

The foolish and vulgar are always accustomed to value equally the good and the bad. [ Yriarte ]

Only those faults which we encounter in ourselves are insufferable to us in others. [ Madame Swetchine ]

Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant are more learned than their ears. [ William Shakespeare ]

In argument similes are like songs in love; they much describe; they nothing prove. [ Prior ]

Men are as much blinded by the extremes of misery as by the extremes of prosperity. [ Burke ]

In love we are not only liable to betray ourselves, but also the secrets of others. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

When a man and woman are married, their romance ceases and their history commences. [ Rochebrune ]

All other goods by fortune's hand are given; a wife is the peculiar gift of heaven. [ Pope ]

We men are but poor, weak souls, after all; women beat us out and out in fortitude. [ Charles Buxton ]

Friends are the thermometers by which we may judge the temperature of our fortunes. [ Lady Blessington ]

Many a smiling face hides a mourning heart; but grief alone teaches us what we are. [ Schiller ]

In love, it is as it was with the thieves of Sparta: only the awkward are punished.

The more we do, the more we can do: the more busy we are, the more leisure we have. [ William Hazlitt ]

One loves wholly but once - the first time: loves that follow are less involuntary. [ La Bruyere ]

Sometimes you are like the dog and cat, and sometimes like the monkey and his clog. [ Proverb ]

Women grown bad are worse than men, because the corruption of the best turns worst. [ Proverb ]

Circumstances are beyond the control of a man, but his conduct is in his own power. [ Earl Of Beaconsfield ]

We are never so ridiculous from the habits we have as from those we affect to have. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

All objects are as windows through which the philosophic eye looks into infinitude. [ Carlyle ]

For it is certain to the vulgar eye, few things are wonderful that are not distant. [ Carlyle ]

The two great movers of the human mind are the desire of good and the fear of evil. [ Johnson ]

Susceptible persons are more affected by a change of tone than by unexpected words. [ George Eliot ]

If Satan ever laughs, it must be at hypocrites; they are the greatest dupes he has. [ Colton ]

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them. [ Washington Irving ]

Women, cats, and birds are the creatures that waste the most time on their toilets. [ Charles Nodier ]

Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise. [ Samuel Lover ]

All that tread the globe are but a handful to the tribes that slumber in its bosom. [ Bryant ]

Women are perfectly well aware that the more they seem to obey, the more they rule. [ Michelet ]

Fretfulness of temper will generally characterize those who are negligent of order. [ Blair ]

No accidents are so unlucky that the prudent may not draw some advantage from them. [ La Roche ]

Those beings only are fit for solitude who are like nobody, and are liked by nobody. [ Zimmermann ]

The good die first; and they whose hearts are dry as summer dust burn to the socket. [ Wordsworth ]

The opinions of men who think are always growing and changing, like living children. [ Hamerton ]

The majority have no other reason for their opinions than that they are the fashion. [ Johnson ]

Few men are much worth loving in whom there is not something well worth laughing at. [ Hair ]

The ancients (i.e. the Greeks and Romans) are the only ancients that never grow old. [ C. J. Weber ]

Our follies and errors are the soiled steps to the Grecian temple of our perfection. [ Richter ]

Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ. [ William Shakespeare ]

A pedant holds more to instruct us with what he knows, than of what we are ignorant. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

There are two things that can reach the top of a pyramid, the eagle and the reptile. [ D'Alembert ]

The hammer and the anvil are the two hemispheres of every true reformer's character. [ J. G. Holland ]

There are but three classes of men: the retrograde, the stationary, the progressive. [ Lavater ]

Their methods various, but alike their aim; the sloven and the fopling are the same. [ Young ]

Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing. [ Disraeli ]

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. [ Patrick Henry ]

We live in an age in which superfluous ideas abound and essential ideas are lacking. [ Joubert ]

The inventions dictated by necessity are of the earlier date than those of pleasure. [ Cicero ]

He who determines to love only those who are faultless will soon find himself alone. [ Vihischti ]

I cannot spare the luxury of believing that all things beautiful are what they seem. [ Halleck ]

Proverbs, like the sacred books of each nation, are the sanctuary of the intuitions. [ Emerson ]

They that do nothing are in the readiest way to do that which is worse than nothing. [ Johann Zimmerman ]

Ruins are the broken eggshell of a civilisation which time has hatched and devoured. [ Julia W. Howe ]

Men naturally warm and heady are transported with the greatest flush of good-nature. [ Addison ]

To be happy, there are certain sides of our nature that must be entirely stultified. [ Chamfort ]

Weak souls are capable of only weak sentiments; strong souls of powerful sentiments. [ Balzac ]

Everything, virtue, glory, honor, things human and divine, all are slaves to riches. [ Horace ]

When we desire to confine our words, we commonly say they are spoken under the rose. [ Sir Thomas Browne ]

Generally all warlike people are a little idle, and love danger better than travail. [ Bacon ]

The good are joyful in the midst of poverty; but the wicked are sad in great riches. [ Proverb ]

It is with words as with sunbeams, the more they are condensed the deeper they burn. [ Southey ]

Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits of innocence and blessedness. [ Bryant ]

The silver-leaved birch retains in its old age a soft bark; there are some such men. [ Auerbach ]

Law and equity are two things which God hath joined, but which man hath put asunder. [ Colton ]

Love is more pleasing than marriage, because romances are more amusing than history. [ Chamfort ]

Man little knows what calamities are beyond his patience to bear till he tries them. [ Goldsmith ]

Great thoughts and a pure heart are the things we should beg for ourselves from God. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Very few people are good economists of their fortune, and still fewer of their time. [ Chesterfield ]

Words are good, but they are not the best. The best is not to be explained by words. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

The rarest things in world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls. [ La Bruyere ]

Grief has two forms of expression, laughter and tears; and tears are not the saddest. [ L. Blanc ]

It is by the benefit of letters that absent friends are in a manner brought together. [ Seneca ]

The poet's leaves are gathered one by one, in the slow process of the doubtful years. [ Bayard Taylor ]

All passions are good when one masters them; all are bad when one is a slave to them. [ J. J. Rousseau ]

All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine. [ Socrates ]

He is a friend who, in dubious circumstances, aids in deeds when deeds are necessary. [ Plautus ]

Observation more than books, experience rather than persons, are the prime educators. [ A. Bronson Alcott ]

All things are for the sake of the good, and it is the cause of everything beautiful. [ Plato ]

Words are like leaves; some wither every year, and every year a younger race succeed. [ Roscommon ]

Words are often seen hunting for an idea, but ideas are never seen hunting for words. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that have not wit enough to be honest. [ Benjamin Franklin ]

You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be. [ Lavater ]

It often happens that those of whom we speak least on earth are best known in heaven. [ N. Caussin ]

Children are like grown people; the experience of others is never of any use to them. [ Daudet ]

In one thing men of all ages are alike; they have believed obstinately in themselves. [ Jacobi ]

Clap an extinguisher upon your Irony, if you are unhappily blessed with a vein of it. [ Lamb ]

Love lives on, and hath a power to bless when they who loved are hidden in the grave. [ Lowell ]

There are in woman's eyes two sorts of tears - the one of grief, the other of deceit. [ Pythagoras ]

The most brilliant fortunes are often not worth the littleness required to gain them. [ Rochefoucauld ]

How many wells of science there are in whose depths there is nothing but clear water! [ J. Petit-Senn ]

Our happiness in this world depends chiefly on the affections we are able to inspire. [ Mme. de Praslin ]

Call him wise whose actions, words, and steps are all a clear because to a clear why. [ Lavater ]

Men are tormented by the opinions they have of things, and not the things themselves. [ Montaigne ]

The friendships of the world are often confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasure. [ Addison ]

Just as you are pleased at finding faults, you are displeased at finding perfections. [ Lavater ]

Generosity is the accompaniment of high birth; pity and gratitude are its attendants. [ Corneille ]

Pain and disease awaken us to convictions which are necessary to our moral condition. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Suspicion and persecution are weeds of the same dunghill, and flourish best together. [ Thomas Paine ]

These lies are like the father that begets them; gross as a mountain, open, palpable. [ William Shakespeare ]

There are no women to whom virtue comes easier than those who possess no attractions.

The height of power in women, so far as manners are concerned, rests in tranquillity. [ Mme. de Maintenon ]

The lower nature must always be denied when you are trying to rise to a higher sphere. [ Ward Beecher ]

Faction and enthusiasm are the instruments by which popular governments are destroyed. [ Ames ]

Much of our ignorance is of ourselves. Our eyes are full of dust. Prejudice blinds us. [ Abraham Coles ]

The truly brave are soft of heart and eyes, and feel for what their duty bids them do. [ Byron ]

Disasters are wont to reveal the abilities of a general, good fortune to conceal them. [ Horace ]

Fear and sorrow are the true characters and inseparable companions of most melancholy. [ Burton ]

Laws of nature are God's thoughts thinking themselves out in the orbits and the tides. [ Charles H. Parkhurst ]

Wounds of the heart! your traces are bitter, slow to heal, and always ready to reopen. [ A. de Musset ]

In this world, full often our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast. [ Beecher ]

Wise men, like wine, are best when old; pretty women, like bread, are best when young. [ Haliburton ]

Superstitions, errors, and prejudices are cobwebs continually woven in shallow brains. [ De Finod ]

There are few circumstances in which it is not best either to hide all or to tell all. [ La Bruyère ]

Two ways are open for thee out of life; one conducts to the ideal, the other to death. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. [ William Shakespeare ]

There are very few people in this world who get any good by either writing or reading. [ John Ruskin ]

Noble descent and worth, unless united with wealth, are esteemed no more than seaweed. [ Horace ]

Things are sullen, and will be as they are, whatever we think them or wish them to be. [ Cudworth ]

For what are men who grasp at praise sublime, but bubbles on the rapid stream of time? [ Young ]

Your tongues and your words are steeped in honey, but your hearts in gall and vinegar. [ Plaut ]

The smallest children are nearest to God, as the smallest planets are nearest the sun. [ J. Paul F. Richter ]

My cares and my inquiries are for decency and truth, and in this I am wholly occupied. [ Horace ]

There are more fools than sages; and among the sages, there is more folly than wisdom. [ Chamfort ]

Beauty intoxicates the eye, as wine does the body; both are morally fatal if indulged. [ J. G. Saxe ]

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of water. [ Rivarol ]

How happy are the pessimists! What joy is theirs when they have proved there is no joy. [ Marie Ebner-Eschenbach ]

We are all excited by the love of praise, and the noblest are most influenced by glory. [ Cicero ]

We are not troubled by the evanescence of time, if the eternal is every moment present. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Unity and simplicity are the two true sources of beauty. Supreme beauty resides in God. [ Winckelmann ]

Apothegms are, in history, the same as the pearls in the sand, or the gold in the mine. [ Erasmus ]

Habits are soon assumed; but when we strive to strip them off, 'tis being flayed alive. [ Cowper ]

The wisest know at highest only how destiny is leading them, and are therewith content. [ Forster ]

Words of affection, howsoever expressed, , The latest spoken still are deemed the best. [ Joanna Baillie ]

Great truths are portions of the soul of man; Great souls are the portions of eternity. [ Lowell ]

The world cannot do without great men, but great men are very troublesome to the world. [ Goethe ]

Love, pleasure, and inconstancy are but the consequences of a desire to know the truth. [ Duclos ]

There are no more thorough prudes than those women who have some little secret to hide. [ George Sand ]

There are beautiful flowers that are scentless, and beautiful women that are unlovable. [ Houelle ]

We are all of us imaginative in some form or other; for images are the brood of desire. [ George Eliot ]

English women conceal their feelings until after they are married, then they show them. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

All women are fond of minds that inhabit fine bodies, and of souls that have fine eyes. [ J. Joubert ]

There are charms made only for distant admiration. No spectacle is nobler than a blaze. [ Johnson ]

All our first movements are good, generous, heroical; reflection weakens and kills them. [ Aime-Martin ]

Most of our misfortunes are more supportable than the comments of our friends upon them. [ Colton ]

Remarkable places are like the summits of rocks; eagles and reptiles only can get there. [ Madame Necker ]

Even the best must own patience and resignation are the pillars of human peace on earth. [ Young ]

When we are out of sympathy with the young, then I think our work in this world is over. [ George MacDonald ]

We cannot employ the mind to advantage when we are filled with excessive food and drink. [ Cicero ]

Excellence and greatness of soul are most conspicuously displayed in contempt of riches.

The more tender our spirits are made by religion, the more ready we are to let in grief. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

The necessities that exist are in general created by the superfluities that are enjoyed. [ Zimmerman ]

Men are prostrated by misfortune; women bend, but do not break, and martyr-like live on. [ Anna Cora Mowatt ]

Two misfortunes are twice as many at least as are needful to be talked over at one time. [ Sterne ]

Some women are so just and discerning that they never see an opportunity to be generous.

The instances, that second marriage move, are base respects of thrift, but none of love. [ William Shakespeare ]

Generally we obtain very surely and very speedily what we are not too anxious to obtain. [ Rousseau ]

There are three things that women throw away: their time, their money, and their health. [ Mme. Geoffrin ]

So the false spider, when her nets are spread, deep ambushed in her silent den does lie. [ Dryden ]

Silence and discretion are specially becoming in a woman, and to remain quietly at home. [ Euripides ]

Histories are as perfect as the historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul. [ Carlyle ]

Those are poets who write thoughts as fragrant as flowers, and in as many colored words. [ Mme. de Krudener ]

If men wish to be held in esteem, they must associate with those only who are estimable. [ Bruyere ]

Children are God's apostles, day by day sent forth to preach of love and hope and peace. [ Lowell ]

Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence. [ Richter ]

There are few husbands whom the I wife cannot win in the long run, by patience and love. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in; and the best of me is diligence. [ William Shakespeare ]

Fortune's wings are made of Time's feathers, which stay not whilst one may measure them. [ Lilly ]

For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow. [ Bible ]

Extremes are vicious, and proceed from men; compensation is just, and proceeds from God. [ Bruyere ]

The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living which are to be desired when dying. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

Men marry because they are tired, women because they are curious; both are disappointed. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Dreams are excursions into the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human prison. [ Amiel ]

The first springs of great events, like those of great rivers, are often mean and little. [ Swift ]

Is beauty vain because it will fade? Then are earth's green robe and heaven's light vain. [ Pierpont ]

There are some faults which, when well managed, make a greater figure than virtue itself. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Still as the peaceful walks of ancient night; silent as are the lamps that burn on tombs. [ William Shakespeare ]

In friendship, as in love, we are often happier through our ignorance than our knowledge. [ William Shakespeare ]

Childien when they are little make parents fools, when they are great they make them mad. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Though you are bound to love your enemy, you are not bound to put your sword in his hand. [ Proverb ]

We are as much informed of a writer's genius by what he selects as by what he originates. [ Emerson ]

Nothing is more easy than to deceive one's self, as our affections are subtle persuaders. [ Demosthenes ]

Wit will never make a man rich, but there are places where riches will always make a wit. [ Johnson ]

Silence and simplicity obtrude on no one, but are yet two unequaled attractions in woman. [ Lamartine ]

We are valued either too highly or not high enough; we are never taken at our real worth. [ Marie Ebner-Eschenbach ]

Courage! even sorrows, when once they are vanished, quicken the soul, as rain the valley. [ Salis ]

The fibres of all things have their tension, and are strained like the strings of a lyre. [ Thoreau ]

You who forget your friends, meanly to follow after those of a higher degree, are a snob. [ Thackeray ]

Passions are like storms which, full of present mischief, serve to purify the atmosphere. [ Ramsay ]

The flowers strewed on the grave of merit, are the most grateful incense to living worth. [ W. Mavor ]

What are Raphael's Madonnas but the shadow of a mother's love fixed in permanent outline. [ Thomas Wentworth Higginson ]

Error is very well so long as we are young, but we must not drag it with us into old age. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

The laws of nature never vary; in their application they never hesitate, nor are wanting. [ Draper ]

Very few men, properly speaking, live at present, but are providing to live another time. [ Not traceable ]

Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable. [ Daniel Webster ]

The grandest operations, both in nature and grace, are the most silent and imperceptible. [ Cecil ]

For these attacks do not contribute to make us frail but rather show us to be what we are. [ Thomas a Kempis ]

The Italians are wise before the deed, the Germans in the deed, the French after the deed. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

The soft contralto notes of a woman's voice are born in the immediate region of the heart. [ Alfred de Musset ]

We do not judge men by what they are in themselves, but by what they are relatively to us. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

The most striking characters are sometimes the product of an infinity of little accidents. [ Danton ]

Three silences there are: the first of speech, the second of desire, the third of thought. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. [ William Shakespeare,Hamlet ]

Those mothers are wise who seek to prepare their daughters for their probable destination. [ Solon ]

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. [ Daniel Webster ]

Happiness and misery are the names of two extremes, the utmost bounds whereof we know not. [ Locke ]

Extremes of fortune are true wisdom's test, and he's of men most wise who bears them best. [ Cumberland ]

God is the poet; men are but the actors. The great dramas of earth were written in heaven. [ Balzac ]

We are all excited by the love of praise, and it is the noblest spirits that feel it most. [ Cicero ]

It is from the remembrance of joys we have lost that the arrows of affliction are pointed. [ Mackenzie ]

Not easily do those attain to distinction whose abilities are cramped by domestic poverty. [ Juv ]

There are not good things enough in life to indemnify us for the neglect of a single duty. [ Madame Swetchine ]

Beauties, whether male or female, are generally the most untractable people of all others. [ Steele ]

People of a lively imagination are generally curious, and always so when a little in love. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

... whether we are black, or brown, or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. [ President Donald J. Trump, Presidential Inaugeration Speech, Jan 20, 2017 ]

There are few things that are worthy of anger, and still fewer that can justify malignity. [ Johnson ]

The sands are number'd, that make up my life; Here must I stay, and here my life must end. [ William Shakespeare ]

The common foible of women who have been handsome is to forget that they are no longer so. [ Rochefoucauld ]

It is the treasure-house of the mind, wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved. [ Thomas Fuller ]

Dreams are like portraits; and we find they please because they are confessed resemblances. [ Crabbe ]

The affections are immortal! they are the sympathies which unite the ceaseless generations. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Souls are dangerous things to carry straight through all the spilt saltpetre of this world. [ Mrs. E. B. Browning ]

Consider man, weigh well thy frame; the king, the beggar, are the same; dust formed us all. [ Gay ]

Where are the forms the sculptor's soul hath seized? In him alone. Can nature show as fair? [ Byron ]

Men are made by nature unequal. It is vain, therefore, to treat them as if they were equal. [ Froude ]

Some friendships are made by nature, some by contract, some by interest, and some by souls. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

Never get a reputation for a small perfection if you are trying for fame in a loftier area. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

There are few people who are more often in the wrong than those who cannot endure to be so. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Life is a kind of sleep: old men sleep longest, nor begin to wake but when they are to die. [ De La Bruyere ]

Books that are books are all that you want, and there are but half a dozen in any thousand. [ Henry D. Thoreau ]

Those are wise who through error press on to truth; those are fools who hold fast by error. [ Rückert ]

The selfish, loving only themselves, are loved by no one: so, selfishness is moral suicide. [ De Gaston ]

My modesty does not permit me to essay a thing which my powers are not equal to accomplish. [ Virgil ]

Miracles are ceased; and therefore we must needs admit the means, how things are perfected. [ William Shakespeare ]

There are moments of mingled sorrow and tenderness, which hallow the caresses of affection. [ Washington Irving ]

All men are like in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ. [ Bovee ]

We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride and folly than we are taxed by government. [ Franklin ]

The problem with quotes on the internet is it's difficult to determine if they are genuine. [ Abraham Lincoln :) ]

Dangers are light, if they seem light; and more dangers have deceived men than forced them. [ Bacon ]

Misers, as death approaches, are heaping up a chest of reasons to stand in more awe of him. [ Shenstone ]

Speak the language of the company you are in; speak it purely, and unlarded with any other. [ Lord Chesterfield ]

Even the ablest pilots are willing to receive advice from passengers in tempestuous weather. [ Cicero ]

There are faces so fluid with expression that we can hardly find what the mere features are. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The charm of the best courages is that they are inventions, inspirations, flashes of genius. [ Emerson ]

Books are men of higher stature, and the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear. [ Mrs. Browning ]

There are very many things that men, when their cloaks have got holes in them, dare not say. [ Juv ]

Two heads are better than one; quoth the woman, when she had her dog with her to the market. [ Proverb ]

The rich are too indolent, the poor too weak, to bear the insupportable fatigue of thinking. [ Cowper ]

Those that dare lose a day are dangerously prodigal; those that dare misspend it, desperate. [ Bishop Hall ]

Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children. [ William Penn ]

When we think that we are experimenting on others, we are really experimenting on ourselves. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Gifts are as gold that adorns the temple; grace is like the temple that sanctifies the gold. [ Burkitt ]

Men call physicians only when they suffer; women, when they are merely afflicted with ennui. [ Mme. de Genlis ]

Manners are the happy ways of doing things.
If they are superficial, so are the dewdrops, which give such a depth to the morning meadow. [ Emerson ]

Men are probably nearer to the essential truth in their superstitions than in their science. [ Thoreau ]

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. [ Lord Bacon ]

Good men are the stars, the planets of the ages wherein they live, and illustrate the times. [ Ben Jonson ]

We are disgusted by gossip; yet it is of importance to keep the angels in their proprieties. [ Emerson ]

As dreams are the fancies of those that sleep, so fancies are but the dreams of those awake. [ Sir T. P. Blount ]

The censure of those that are opposed to us is the nicest commendation that can be given us. [ St. Evremond ]

The praises of others may be of use in teaching us, not what we are, but what we ought to be. [ Hare ]

Peace is the evening star of the soul, as virtue is its sun, and the two are never far apart. [ Colton ]

All things are double, one against another. Good is set against evil, and life against death. [ Ecclus ]

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt till they are too strong to be broken. [ Johnson ]

Falsehood, like the dry-rot, flourishes the more in proportion as air and light are excluded. [ Whately ]

Old men are always jealous: they are like the greedy child who wants the cake it can not eat. [ A. Ricard ]

Prudence and love are inconsistent; in proportion as the last increases, the other decreases. [ Rochefoucauld ]

God be thanked that there are some in the world to whose hearts the barnacles will not cling. [ J. G. Holland ]

After the spirit of discernment, the next rarest things in the world are diamonds and pearls. [ La Bruyère ]

We tell our triumphs to the crowd, but our own hearts are the sole confidants of our sorrows. [ Bulwer Lytton ]

Who that has loved knows not the tender tale which flowers reveal, when lips are coy to tell? [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Spies are of no use nowadays. Their profession is over. The newspapers do their work instead. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price. [ Juvenal ]

There are as many and innumerable degrees of wit, as there are cubits between this and heaven. [ Montaigne ]

Fraud and deceit are ever in a hurry. Take time for all things. Great haste makes great waste. [ Franklin ]

There are certain things in which a woman's vision is sharper than a hundred eyes of the male. [ Lessing ]

Wisdom and virtue are the greatest beauty, but it is an advantage to a diamond to be well set. [ Matthew Henry ]

Why are we so blind? That which we improve, we have, that which we hoard is not for ourselves. [ Madame Deluzy ]

The most brilliant qualities become useless when they are not sustained by force of character. [ Segur ]

The hearts of men are their books, events are their tutors, great actions are their eloquence. [ Macaulay ]

It is the wise alone who are capable of discerning that impartial justice is the truest mercy. [ Goldsmith ]

Infants' manners are moulded more by the example of parents than by stars at their nativities. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

The past and future are veiled; but the past wears the widow's veil, the future, the virgin's. [ Richter ]

Too many individuals are like Shakespeare's definition of echo, - babbling gossips of the air. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Prosperity doth bewitch men, seeming clear; As seas do laugh, show white, when rocks are near. [ Webster ]

Flatterers are but the shadows of princes' bodies; the least thick cloud makes them invisible. [ John Webster ]

Pedants are men who would appear to be learned, without the necessary ingredient of knowledge. [ Bancroft ]

Words are as they are taken, and things are as they are used. There are even cursed blessings. [ Bishop Hall ]

Scholars are frequently to be met with who are ignorant of nothing saving their own ignorance. [ Zimmermann ]

Riches are of no value in themselves; their use is discovered only in that which they procure. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Well, God give them wisdom that have it; and those that are fools, let them use their talents. [ William Shakespeare ]

In church they are taught to love God; after church they are practiced to love their neighbor. [ Landor ]

Our natures are like oil; compound us with anything, yet still we strive to swim upon the top. [ Beaumont and Fletcher ]

Wits, like drunken men with swords, are apt to draw their steel upon their best acquaintances. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

There are many women who never have had one intrigue; but there are few who have had only one. [ Rochefoucauld ]

We are hampered, alas! in our course of life quite as much by what we do as by what we suffer. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Mortals, what errors are yours! You have but an instant to live, and that instant is a burden.

There are more men who have missed opportunities than there are who have lacked opportunities. [ La Beaumelle ]

Conscience and cowardice are really the same things. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Neatness, and its reverse, among the poor, are almost a certain test of their moral character. [ Dr. Whitaker ]

Proverbs are for the most part rules of moral, or, still more properly, of prudential conduct. [ Brande ]

Believe me, the gods spare the afflicted, and do not always oppress those who are unfortunate. [ Ovid ]

Friendship cannot go far if we are not disposed mutually to forgive each other's venial faults. [ La Bruyère ]

Words really flattering are not those which we prepare, but those which escape us unthinkingly. [ Ninon de Lenclos ]

For words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the money of fools. [ Thomas Hobbes ]

Some women's faces are, in their brightness, a prophecy; and some, in their sadness, a history. [ Dickens ]

The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. [ Holmes ]

Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance, of justice: injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Twenty ages sunk in eternal night. They are without movement, without light, and without noise. [ Lemoine ]

Tears are often to be found where there is little sorrow, and the deepest sorrow without tears. [ Johnson ]

The ways suited to confidence are familiar to me, but not those that are suited to familiarity. [ Joubert ]

How many books there are whose reputation is made that would not obtain it were it now to make! [ Joubert ]

Our bodies are but the anvils of pain and disease, and our minds the hives of unnumbered cares. [ Sir Walter Raleigh ]

Sorrows are like thunder-clouds, - in the distance they look black, over our heads hardly gray. [ Richter ]

There are not unfrequently substantial reasons underneath for customs that appear to us absurd. [ Charlotte Bronte ]

Some people's hearts are shrunk in them, like dried nuts. You can hear 'em rattle as they walk. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

Wise sayings are as saltpits; you may extract salt out of them, and sprinkle it where you will. [ Cicero ]

There are some places that we admire; others that attract us, and where we would like to dwell. [ La Bruyere ]

How much easier it is to be generous than just! Men are sometimes bountiful who are not honest. [ Junius ]

Your voiceless lips, O flowers, are living preachers - each cup a pulpit, and each leaf a book. [ Horace Smith ]

There are those who have nothing chaste but their ears, and nothing virtuous but their tongues. [ De Finod ]

Health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of: a blessing that money cannot buy. [ Izaak Walton ]

Little minds are too much wounded by little things; great minds see all, and are not even hurt. [ La Roche ]

Great men undertake great things because they are great, and fools because they think them easy. [ Vauvenargues ]

The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the well-spring of wisdom as a flowing brook. [ Bible ]

The rosebuds lay their crimson lips together, and the green leaves are whispering to themselves. [ Amelia B. Welby ]

Good-sense and good-nature are never separated, though the ignorant world has thought otherwise. [ John Dryden ]

You will find that silence, or very gentle words, are the most exquisite revenge for reproaches. [ Judge Hale ]

Romances, in general, are calculated rather to fire the imagination than to inform the judgment. [ Richardson ]

The two best rules for a system of rhetoric are: first, have something to say; and next, say it. [ George Emmons ]

Half the gossip of society would perish if the books that are truly worth reading were but read. [ George Dawson ]

Optimism begins in a broad grin, and Pessimism ends with blue spectacles. Both are merely poses. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

Men are such cowards. They outrage every law of the world, and are afraid of the world's tongue. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

The youth of the present day are quite monstrous. They have absolutely no respect for dyed hair. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes. They were easiest for his feet. [ John Selden ]

If our inward griefs were seen written on our brow, how many would be pitied who are now envied! [ Metastasio ]

Great towns are but a large sort of prison to the soul, like cages to birds or pounds to beasts. [ Charron ]

There are some men who are fortune's favorites, and who, like cats, light forever on their legs. [ Colton ]

The fortunate circumstances of our lives are generally found at last to be of our own producing. [ Goldsmith ]

The seeds of repentance are sown in youth by pleasure, but the harvest is reaped in age by pain. [ Colton ]

The quarrels of lovers are like summer showers that leave the country more verdant and beautiful. [ Mme. Necker ]

The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. [ Bible ]

We hope to grow old, and yet we fear old age; that is, we are willing to live, and afraid to die. [ La Bruyfere ]

The Roman mob follows the lead of fortune, as it always does, and hates those that are condemned. [ Juv ]

There are some men who are witty when they are in a bad humor, and others only when they are sad. [ Joubert ]

Why is it that we entertain the belief that for every purpose odd numbers are the most effectual? [ Pliny ]

Men are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Flowers are the beautiful hieroglyphics of Nature with which she indicates how much she loves us. [ Herve ]

The pleasure of love is in loving. We are happier in the passion we feel than in that we inspire. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune. [ Wm. Penn ]

Be happy if you can, but do not despise those who are otherwise, for you know not their troubles.

Neglected, calumny soon expires; show that you are hurt, and you give it the appearance of truth. [ Tacitus ]

The quarrels of lovers are like summer storms: everything is more beautiful when they have passed. [ Madame Necker ]

Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

It is better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all, unless you are parachuting. [ Danny ]

Worthy books are not companions, they are solitudes; we lose ourselves in them, and all our cares. [ S. Bailey ]

Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Books are a sort of dumb teachers; they cannot answer sudden questions, or explain present doubts. [ J. Watts ]

In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best; in matters of prudence, last thoughts are best. [ Robert Hall ]

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from the ancient times the things that are not yet done. [ Bible ]

Perfect existence can only be where spirit and body are one; an embodied spirit, a spiritual body.

We are almost always wearied in the company of persons with whom we are not permitted to be weary. [ Rochefoucauld ]

The hand of diligence defeateth want; prosperity and success are the industrious man's attendants. [ R. Dodsley ]

The heart of youth is reached through the senses; the senses of age are reached through the heart. [ Ritif de la Bretonne ]

Familiarities are the aphides that imperceptibly suck out the juice intended for the germ of love. [ Landor ]

High positions are like the summit of high, steep rocks: eagles and reptiles alone can reach them. [ Mme. Necker ]

Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on! hold fast! hold out! Patience is genius. [ Count de Buffon ]

Good artists give everything to their art and consequently are perfectly uninteresting themselves. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

By their patience and perseverance God's children are truly known from hypocrites and dissemblers. [ Augustine ]

One good deed dying tongueless slaughters a thousand waiting upon that. Our praises are our wages. [ William Shakespeare ]

There are some men who are fortune's favorites, and who, like cats, light forever upon their feet. [ Colton ]

Clouds are the veil behind which the face of day coquettishly hides itself, to enhance its beauty. [ Richter ]

Good and bad fortune are found severally to visit those who have the most of the one or the other. [ Rochefoucauld ]

The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life. [ Edward Everett Hale ]

Our weaknesses are the indigenous produce of our characters; but our strength is the forced fruit. [ Lady Blessington ]

There are hours in life when the most trifling annoyances assume the proportions of a catastrophe. [ E. Souvestre ]

Many men and many women enjoy popular esteem, not because they are known, but because they are not. [ Chamfort ]

God's corrections are our instructions; His lashes our lessons, and His scourges our schoolmasters. [ Aughey ]

Persons famous in the arts partake of the immortality of princes, and are upon a footing with them. [ Francis I ]

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [ Bible ]

The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, and familiar things new. [ Thackeray ]

Courage is generosity of the highest order, for the brave are prodigal of the most precious things. [ Colton ]

The most dangerous weakness of old people who have been amiable is to forget they are no longer so. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Books that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all. [ Johnsoniana ]

Mistake not. Those pleasures are not pleasures that trouble the quiet and tranquillity of thy life. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

Women are happier in the love they inspire than in that which they feel: men are just the contrary. [ Beauchene ]

True merit, wherever found, is ever modest, just as the well-filled heads of grain are always bent. [ Charles Dickens ]

Those who have few affairs to attend to are great speakers. The less men think, the more they talk. [ Montesquieu ]

Women complain of the lack of virtue in men, and do not esteem those who are too strictly virtuous. [ Blondel ]

Affliction is the school in which great virtues are acquired, in which great characters are formed. [ Hannah More ]

Vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people, just as falsehoods are the truths of other people. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

The tastes, affections, and sentiments are more absolutely the man than his talent or acquirements. [ Henry T. Tuckerman ]

The gloomy and the resentful are always found among those who have nothing to do or who do nothing. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Tears are often to be found where there is little sorrow, and the deepest sorrow without any tears. [ Johnson ]

Great warriors, like great earthquakes, are principally remembered for the mischief they have done. [ Bovee ]

We are often governed by people not only weaker than ourselves, but even by those whom we think so. [ Lord Greville ]

The greatest part of mankind have no other reason for their opinions than that they are in fashion. [ Johnson ]

Lovers are angry, reconciled, entreat, thank, appoint, and finally speak all things, by their eyes. [ Montaigne ]

Though men can cover crimes with bold, stern looks, poor women's faces are their own faults' books. [ William Shakespeare ]

Nothing is less in our power than the heart, and, far from commanding it, we are forced to obey it. [ Rousseau ]

The resources of the scholar are proportioned to his confidence in the attributes of the intellect. [ Emerson ]

Fire burns only when we are near it, but a beautiful face burns and inflames, though at a distance. [ Xenophon ]

There are words which are worth as much as the best actions, for they contain the germ of them all. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

To attain their ends most people are more capable of a great effort than of continued perseverance. [ La Bruyère ]

The grand essentials of happiness are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. [ Chalmers ]

There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a communicative man having nothing to communicate. [ Bovee ]

Excessive liberty and excessive servitude are equally dangerous, and produce nearly the same effect. [ Zoroaster ]

And there's one rare strange virtue in their speeches, The secret of their mastery - they are short. [ Halleck ]

Nations and men are only the best when they are the gladdest, and deserve heaven when they enjoy it. [ Richter ]

Instead of seeking happiness by going out of our place, our skill should be to find it where we are. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

All joys do not cause laughter; great pleasures are serious: pleasures of love do not make us laugh. [ Voltaire ]

When a man seems to be wise, it is merely that his follies are proportionate to his age and fortune. [ Rochefoucauld ]

It will be found that they are the weakest winded and the hardest hearted men that most love change. [ Ruskin ]

The mingled incentives which lead to action are often too subtle and lie too deep for us to analyze. [ Lavater ]

While you are prosperous, you can number many friends; but when the storm comes, you are left alone. [ Ovid ]

Those who are formed to win general admiration are seldom calculated to bestow individual happiness. [ Lady Blessington ]

There are no rules for friendship; it must be left to itself; we cannot force it any more than love. [ Hazlitt ]

It is a fearful mistake to believe that because our wishes are not accomplished they can do no harm. [ Gertrude ]

Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite, that you often diminish the one as you increase the other. [ Shenstone ]

Right ethics are central, and go from the soul outward. Gift is contrary to the law of the universe. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Strong as our passions are, they may be starved into submission, and conquered without being killed. [ Colton ]

You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going because you might not get there. [ Yogi Berra ]

Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are. [ Henry van Dyke ]

Men's fame is like their hair, which grows after they are dead, and with just as little use to them. [ George Villiers ]

Few people are wise enough to prefer censure which may be useful, to flattery which may betray them. [ La Roche ]

Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed. [ Cicero ]

Had I succeeded well, I had been reckoned amongst the wise; so ready are we to judge from the event. [ Euripides ]

There are some kinds of men who cannot pass their time alone; they are the flails of occupied people. [ M. de Bonald ]

Men can be estimated by those who know them not, only as they are represented by those who know them. [ Johnson ]

Women are like melons: it is only after having tasted them that we know whether they are good or not. [ F. Soulie ]

Old books, as you well know, are books of the world's youth, and new books are the fruits of its age. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

When men are friends there is no need of justice; but when they are just, they still need friendship. [ Aristotle ]

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle. [ Lowell ]

Laws should never be in contradiction to usages; for, if the usages are good, the laws are valueless. [ Voltaire ]

True goodness is like the glow-worm; it shines most when no eyes, except those of heaven are upon it. [ Anonymous ]

Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no ideas behind it is simply brutality. [ James A. Garfield ]

Nature and religion are the bands of friendship, excellence and usefulness are its great endearments. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

Harsh cousels have little or no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil. [ Helvetius ]

A nation does wisely, if not well, in starving her men of genius. Fatten them, and they are done for. [ Charles Buxton ]

Noble art is nothing less than the expression of a great soul; and great souls are not common things. [ John Ruskin ]

Some souls are ennobled and elevated by seeming misfortunes, which then become blessings in disguise. [ Chapin ]

There are very few things in the world upon which an honest man can repose his soul, or his thoughts. [ Chamfort ]

Fortunes made in no time are like shirts made in no time; it's ten to one if they hang long together. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

Touch not the lute when drums are sounding around; when fools have the word, the wise will be silent. [ Herder ]

The mind conscious of Innocence despises false reports: but we are always ready to believe a scandal. [ Ovid ]

There are three things that I have always loved and have never understood: Painting, Music, and Woman. [ Fontanelle ]

That state of life is most happy where superfluities are not required and necessaries are not wanting. [ Plutarch ]

Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. [ Bible ]

There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whom people in general take to be happy. [ Seneca ]

The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess. [ Bovee ]

A nation is a thing that lives and acts like a man, and men are the particles of which it is composed. [ J. G. Holland ]

Men who have great riches and little culture rush into business, because they are weary of themselves. [ Horace Greeley ]

The beginning and the end of love are both marked by embarrassment when the two find themselves alone. [ La Bruyere ]

Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self-command. [ Amiel ]

They that hold the greatest farms pay the least rent (applied to rich men that are unthankful to God). [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Friendship is the ideal; friends are the reality; the reality always remains far apart from the ideal. [ Joseph Roux ]

The balls of sight are so formed that one man's eyes are spectacles to another to read his heart with. [ Johnson ]

Health, longevity, beauty, are other names for personal purity; and temperance is the regimen for all. [ A. Bronson Alcott ]

The London season is entirely matrimonial. People are either hunting for husbands or hiding from them. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

All nature mourns, the skies relent in showers; hushed are the birds, and closed the drooping flowers. [ Pope ]

There are proud men of so much delicacy that it almost conceals their pride, and perfectly excuses it. [ Landor ]

Sometimes there are accidents in our lives the skillful extrication from which demands a little folly. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavouring to think so ourselves. [ Confucius ]

Those who have few things to attend to are great babblers; for the less men think, the more they talk. [ Montesquieu ]

The fickle mob, how they are driven round by every wind that blows! Woe to him who leans on this reed! [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Very learned women are to be met with, just as female warriors; but they are seldom or never inventors. [ Voltaire ]

Nature is an Aeolian harp, a musical instrument whose tones are the reecho of higher strings within us. [ Novalis ]

Men very rarely put off the trappings of pride till they who are about them put on their winding-sheet. [ Clarendon ]

I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us. [ Dickens ]

My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

Willmott has very tersely said that embellished truths are the illuminated alphabet of larger children. [ Horace Mann ]

Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are to think themselves sober enough. [ Chesterfield ]

Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen. [ Lowell ]

A state is never greater than when all its superfluous hands are employed in the service of the public. [ Hume ]

Mere family never made a man great. Thought and deed, not pedigree, are the passports to enduring fame. [ Skobeleff ]

Tombs are the clothes of the dead; a grave is but a plain suit, and a rich monument is one embroidered. [ Thomas Fuller ]

Wealth cannot purchase any great private solace or convenience. Riches are only the means of sociality. [ Henry D. Thoreau ]

Sin and hedgehogs are born without spikes; but how they prick and wound after their birth, we all know. [ Richter ]

Some books are drenched sands, on which a great soul's wealth lies all in heaps, like a wrecked argosy. [ Adam Smith ]

If the ancients left us ideas, to our credit be it spoken that we moderns are building houses for them. [ A. Bronson Alcott ]

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

Whatever things injure your eye you are anxious to remove; but things which affect your mind you defer. [ Horace ]

Fine writing, according to Mr. Addison, consists of sentiments which are natural without being obvious. [ Hume ]

Nature and truth, though never so low or vulgar, are yet pleasing when openly and artlessly represented. [ Pope ]

Few men have any next; they live from hand to mouth without plan, and are ever at the end of their line. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

When a pagan race comes in contact with a Christian race, they are converted, absorbed, or exterminated. [ Joseph Bartlett ]

If you are going to do a good thing, do it now; if you are going to do a mean thing, wait till tomorrow.

Freedom and slavery, the one is the name of virtue, and the other of vice and both are acts of the will. [ Epictetus ]

People who love each other most before marriage, are sometimes those who love each other least after it. [ A. Dupuy ]

Glances in a young woman are charming interpreters, which express what the lips would not dare to speak.

Since your eyes are so sharp, that you cannot only look through a millstone, but clean through the mind. [ Lyly ]

It is the fate of the great ones of the earth to begin to be appreciated by us only after they are gone. [ Old Ger. saying ]

Rank exists in the moral world also. Commoner natures pay with what they do: nobler, with what they are. [ Johann C. F. Von Schiller ]

Knowledge, in truth, is the great sun in the firmament. Life and power are scattered with all its beams. [ Daniel Webster ]

The very beautiful rarely love at all. Those precious images are placed above the reach of the passions. [ Lander ]

All the pursuits of men are the pursuits of women also, and in all of them a woman is only a weaker man. [ Plato ]

Bachelors are providential beings: God created them for the consolation of widows and the hope of maids. [ De Finod ]

There are in the world circumstances which give us for masters men of whom we would not make our valets. [ Mme. Roland ]

The burning of a little straw may hide the stars of the sky; but the stars are there, and will reappear. [ Carlyle ]

Women are a fascinatingly wilful set. Every woman is a rebel and usually in wild revolt against herself. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

All who suffer are full of hatred; all who live drag a remorse: the dead alone have broken their chains. [ Victor Hugo ]

We cannot expect the deepest friendship unless we are willing to pay the price, a self-sacrificing love. [ Peloubet ]

We are most of us very lonely in this world; you who have any who love you, cling to them and thank God. [ Thackeray ]

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. Temperance, courage, love, are made up of the same jewels. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

He ought to remember benefits on whom they are conferred; he who confers them ought not to mention them. [ Cicero ]

There are some illusions that are like the light of the day: when lost, everything disappears with them. [ Mme. Dufresnoy ]

I sit where the leaves of the maple and the gnarled and knotted gum are circling and drifting around me. [ Alice Cary ]

Most persons are disposed to expend more than they can afford, and to indulge more than they can endure. [ Mme. de Puisieux ]

If we are long absent from our friends, we forget them; if we are constantly with them, we despise them. [ Hazlitt ]

Still on it creeps, each little moment at another's heels, till hours, days, years, and ages are made up. [ Joanna Baillie ]

At a ball, men are the timid sex, and also the feebler sex; for they are always the first to be fatigued. [ A. Karr ]

Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams. [ Emerson ]

Bores are not to be got rid of except by rough means. They are to be scraped off like scales from a fish. [ Bovee ]

We censure the inconstancy of women when we are the victims: we find it charming when we are the objects. [ L. Desnoyers ]

In paganism light is mixed with darkness, and religion and truth are blended with superstition and error. [ Lindley Murray ]

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love. It is the faithless who know love's tragedies. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

The loveliest faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy. [ Bovee ]

Good counsels observed are chains to grace, which neglected, prove halters to strange undutiful children. [ Fuller ]

A good inclination is only the first rude draught of virtue, but the finishing strokes are from the will. [ South ]

Men are so necessarily fools that it would be being a fool in a higher strain of folly, not to be a fool. [ Pascal ]

The saddest failures in life are those that come from the not putting forth of power and will to succeed. [ Whipple ]

Plagiarists are purloiners who filch the fruit that others have gathered, and then throw away the basket. [ Chatfield ]

Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say. [ Colton ]

A man that is desirous to excel should endeavor it in those things that are in themselves most excellent. [ Epictetus ]

Hypocrites are wicked: they hide their defects with so much care, that their hearts are poisoned by them. [ Marguerite de Valais ]

There are opinions which come from the heart, and whoever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings. [ Joubert ]

To become an able man in any profession, there are three things necessary, - nature, study, and practice. [ Aristotle ]

By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy. [ Bancroft ]

When we leave this world, and are laid in the earth, the prince walks as narrow a path as the day-laborer. [ Cervantes ]

O Death, what are thou? nurse of dreamless slumbers freshening the fevered flesh to a wakefulness eternal. [ Tupper ]

Orators are most vehement when they have the weakest cause, as men get on horseback when they cannot walk. [ Cicero ]

The joy which is caused by truth and noble thoughts shows itself in the words by which they are expressed. [ Joubert ]

Our human laws are but the copies, more or less imperfect, of the eternal laws so far as we can read them. [ Froude ]

Correct opinions well established on any subject are the best preservative against the seduction of error. [ Bishop Mant ]

Habits are like the wrinkles on a man's brow; if you will smooth out the one, I will smooth out the other. [ Henry Wheeler Shaw (pen name Josh Billings) ]

To prove that the Americans ought not to be free, we are obliged to deprecate the value of freedom itself. [ Burke ]

The praise we give to new comers into the world arises from the envy we bear to those who are established. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

We think our civilisation near its meridian; but we are yet only at the cock-crowing and the morning star. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Unattainable wishes are often called pious. This seems to indicate that only profane wishes are fulfilled. [ Marie Ebner-Eschenbach ]

Costly followers are not to be liked, lest while a man maketh his train longer, he make his wings shorter. [ Bacon ]

As long as you are fortunate you will have many friends, but if the times become cloudy you will be alone. [ Ovid ]

Nations, like individuals, are powerful in the degree that they command the sympathies of their neighbors. [ Bovee ]

We have three kinds of friends: those who love us, those who are indifferent to us, and those who hate us. [ Chamfort ]

We accuse women of insincerity without perceiving that they are more sincere with us than with themselves.

There are in the human heart two cups, one for joy and one for sorrow, which empty themselves alternately. [ Mme. de Maintenon ]

When our friends are present we ought to treat them well; and when they are absent, to speak of them well. [ Epictetus ]

Heaven's gates are not so highly arched as king's palaces; they that enter there must go upon their knees. [ Daniel Webster ]

The words of men are like the leaves of trees; when they are too many they hinder the growth of the fruit. [ Steiger ]

To stumble on a level surface is matter of jest; by a false step on a height you are hurled to the ground. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Government and cooperation are in all things the laws of life; anarchy and competition, the laws of death. [ John Ruskin ]

Quills are things that are sometimes taken from the pinions of one goose to spread the opinions of another. [ Chatfield ]

There are female dandies as well as clothes-wearing men; and the former are as objectionable as the latter. [ Carlyle ]

How full of error is the judgment of mankind! They wonder at results when they are ignorant of the reasons. [ Metastasio ]

The curtains of Yesterday drop down, the curtains of Tomorrow roll up, but Yesterday and Tomorrow both are. [ Carlyle ]

The reason that there is such a general outcry against flatterers is, that there are so very few good ones. [ Steele ]

The splendors that belong unto the fame of earth are but a wind, that in the same direction lasts not long. [ Dante ]

As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delight of presence best known by the torments of absence. [ Alcibiades ]

Fools with bookish knowledge are children with edged weapons; they hurt themselves, and put others in pain. [ Zimmermann ]

By nothing do men more show what they are than by their appreciation of what is and what is not ridiculous. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

The more enthusiastic, the more liable we are to be imposed upon, and to become the tools of the designing. [ Bovee ]

All that is enviable is not bought: love, genius, beauty, are divine gifts that the richest cannot acquire. [ Mme. Louise Colet ]

Women are shy of nothing so much as the little word Yes, at least they say it only after they have said No. [ Jean Paul ]

God's justice and love are one. Infinite justice must be infinite love. Justice is but another sign of love. [ F. W. Robertson ]

Goodness consists not in the outward things we do, but in the inward thing we are. To be is the great thing. [ E. H. Chapin ]

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

There is a great difference in the delivery of the mathematics, which are the most abstracted of knowledges. [ Lord Bacon ]

Nothing makes old people who have been attractive more ridiculous than to forget that they are so no longer. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Friendships which are born in misfortune are more firm and lasting than those which are formed in happiness. [ D'Urfey ]

We are not that we are, nor do we treat or esteem each other for such, but for that we are capable of being. [ Thoreau ]

Great passions are incurable diseases; what might heal them is precisely that which makes them so dangerous. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Labour endears rest, and both together are absolutely necessary for the proper enjoyment of human existence. [ Burns ]

The excesses of our youth are drafts upon our old age, payable with interest, about thirty years after date. [ Colton ]

Child of mortality, whence comest thou? Why is thy countenance sad, and why are thine eyes red with weeping? [ Anna Letitia Barbauld ]

Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things which differ, and the difference of things which are alike. [ Madame de Stael ]

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance. [ Ruskin ]

Cares are often more difficult to thrown off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow upon it. [ Richter ]

Hearts may be attracted by assumed qualities, but the affections are only to be fixed by those that are real. [ De Moy ]

Most nations, as well as men, are impressible only in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow old. [ Rousseau ]

Heaven forbids, it is true, certain gratifications, but there are ways and means of compounding such matters. [ Moliere ]

The friends of the present day are of the nature of melons; we must try fifty before we meet with a good one. [ Claude-Mermet ]

The passions are the gales of life; and it is religion only that can prevent them from rising into a tempest. [ Dr. Watts ]

Nature tempts us continually, but we are not responsible for the sin, unless our reasoning gives its consent. [ Pascal ]

The very afflictions of our earthly pilgrimage are presages of our future glory, as shadows indicate the sun. [ Richter ]

There are persons who do not know how to waste their time alone, and hence become the scourge of busy people. [ De Bonald ]

We only need to be as true to others as we are to ourselves, that there may be grounds enough for friendship. [ Thoreau ]

Topics of conversation among the multitude are generally persons, sometimes things, scarcely ever principles. [ W. B. Clulow ]

Our passions are like convulsion fits, which make us stronger for the time, but leave us weaker forever after. [ Dean Swift ]

There are some women who require much dressing, as some meats must be highly seasoned to make them palatable. [ Rochebrune ]

Of all the uses of adversity which are sweet, none are sweeter than those which grow out of disappointed love. [ Henry Taylor ]

Mysteries which must explain themselves are not worth the loss of time which a conjecture about them takes up. [ Sterne ]

Our moral impressions invariably prove strongest in those moments when we are most driven back upon ourselves. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Truth is to be costly to you - of labour and patience; and you are never to sell it, but to guard and to give. [ John Ruskin ]

Great souls are always loyally submissive, reverent to what is over them: only small mean souls are otherwise. [ Carlyle ]

Petitions, not sweetened with gold, are but unsavory and oft refused: or, if received, are pocketed, not read. [ Massinger ]

Evil and good are everywhere, like shadow and substance; (for men) inseparable, yet not hostile, only opposed. [ Carlyle ]

Riches without charity are nothing worth. They are a blessing only to him who makes them a blessing to others. [ Fielding ]

It is with flowers as with moral qualities; the bright are sometimes poisonous, but I believe never the sweet. [ J. C. Hare ]

We are haunted by an ideal life, and it is because we have within us the beginning and the possibility of it. [ Phillips Brooks ]

Moderation resembles temperance. We are not so unwilling to eat more, as afraid of doing ourselves harm by it. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Among the attributes of God, although they are all equal, mercy shines with even more brilliancy than justice. [ Cervantes ]

Genius, in one respect, is like gold - numbers of persons are constantly writing about both, who have neither. [ Colton ]

I think there are stores laid up in our human nature that our understandings can make no complete inventory of. [ George Eliot ]

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life. [ Pythagoras ]

Every day is a rampart breach which many men are storming; fall in it who may, no pile is forming of the slain. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Fortitude, justice, and candor are very necessary instruments of happiness, but they require time and exertion. [ Sydney Smith ]

Good qualities are the substantial riches of the mind, but it is good-breeding that sets them off to advantage. [ Locke ]

Ridicule is a weak weapon when levelled at a strong mind; but common men are cowards, and dread an empty laugh. [ Tupper ]

Extreme views are never just; something always turns up which disturbs the calculations formed upon their data. [ Beaconsfield ]

Hasty and adventurous schemes are at first view flattering, in execution difficult and in the issue disastrous. [ Livy ]

In all companies there are more fools than wise men; and the greater number always get the better of the wiser. [ Rabelais ]

If women are naturally more superstitious than men, it is because they are more sensitive and less enlightened. [ Beauchene ]

Everything is heaving and great events are pending, and it is hard to study Genesis when all is now Revelation. [ Dr. M. W. Jacobus ]

Health is the soul that animates all enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless, if not dead, without it. [ Sir W. Temple ]

Men have a solicitude about fame; and the greater share they have of it, the more afraid they are of losing it. [ Johnson ]

It is the soul itself which sees and hears, and not those parts which are, as it were, but windows to the soul. [ Cicero ]

Women are right to crave beauty at any price, since beauty is the only merit that men do not contest with them. [ A. Dupuy ]

Our sweetest experiences of affection are meant to be suggestions of that realm which is the home of the heart. [ Beecher ]

Beautiful are the roses of your youth; but time destroys them; only talents, only virtue age not and never die. [ Pfeffel ]

Literary history is the great morgue where all seek the dead ones whom they love, and to whom they are related. [ Heine ]

The treasures of the deep are not so precious as are the concealed comforts of a man locked up in woman's love. [ Middleton ]

No reports are more readily believed than those which disparage genius and soothe envy of conscious mediocrity. [ Macaulay ]

We dream such beautiful dreams, that we often lose all our happiness when we perceive that they are only dreams. [ E. Souvestre ]

There are but two ways of paying debt: increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out. [ Carlyle ]

Those authors who appear sometimes to forget they are writers, and remember they are men, will be our favorites. [ Disraeli ]

We may neglect the wrongs which we receive, but be careful to rectify those which we are the cause of to others. [ Dewey ]

As the births of living creatures at first are ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time. [ Bacon ]

Actions are the first tragedies in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

Obstinacy and contention are common qualities, most appearing in, and best becoming, a mean and illiterate soul. [ Montaigne ]

Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason. [ Voltaire ]

Truth shines with its own light; it is not by the flames of funeral piles that the minds of men are illuminated. [ Belisarius ]

Decay and disease are often beautiful, like the pearly tear of the shellfish and the hectic glow of consumption. [ Thoreau ]

He that studies books alone, will know how things ought to be; and he that studies men will know how things are. [ Colton ]

It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part; the rest are confounded with the multitude. [ Voltaire ]

The two most beautiful things in the universe are the starry heavens above us and the feeling of duty within us. [ An Indian sage ]

Passions, as fire and water, are good servants, but bad roasters, and subminister to the best and worst purposes. [ L'Estrange ]

High rank and discernment are two different things, and love for virtue and for virtuous people is a third thing. [ La Bruyère ]

Mind is the great lever of all things: human thought is the process by which human ends are alternately answered. [ Daniel Webster ]

There is a manner of forgiveness so divine that you are ready to embrace the offender for having called it forth. [ Lavater ]

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realised until personal experience has brought it home. [ J. S. Mill ]

Riches are like bad servants, whose shoes are made of running leather, and will never tarry long with one master. [ Brooks ]

The reason why so few women are touched by friendship is, that they find it dull when they have experienced love. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Women suffer more from disappointment than men, because they have more of faith and are naturally more credulous. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

What blockheads are those wise persons who think it necessary that a child should comprehend everything it reads! [ Southey ]

Because all men are apt to flatter themselves, to entertain the addition of other men's praises is most perilous. [ Sir Walter Raleigh ]

Men are guided less by conscience than by glory: and yet the shortest way to glory is to be guided by conscience. [ Henry Home ]

People first abandon reason, and then become obstinate; and the deeper they are in error the more angry they are. [ Blair ]

Men are in general so tricky, so envious, and so cruel, that when we find one who is only weak, we are too happy. [ Voltaire ]

Hearts may be attracted by assumed qualities, but the affections are not to be fixed but by those which are real. [ De Moy ]

The wise are instructed by reason, ordinary minds by experience; the stupid by necessity; and brutes by instinct. [ Cicero ]

There are only two beautiful things in the world - women and roses; and only two sweet things - women and melons. [ Malherbe ]

To him whose spirit is bowed down by the weight of piercing sorrow, the day and night are both of the same color. [ Dschami ]

True goodness is like the glow-worm in this, that it shines most when no eyes except those of heaven are upon it. [ J. C. Hare ]

The greater absurdities are, the more strongly they evince the falsity at that supposition from whence they flow. [ Atterbury ]

When there is love in the heart there are rainbows in the eyes, which cover every black cloud with gorgeous hues. [ Beecher ]

Bravery is a cheap and vulgar quality, of which the brightest instances are frequently found in the lowest savage. [ Chatfield ]

The great are only great because we carry them on our shoulders; when we throw them off they sprawl on the ground. [ Montandre ]

All men are married women's property; that is the only true definition of what married women's property really is. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Life sues the young like a new acquaintance.... To us, who are declined in years, life appears like an old friend. [ Goldsmith ]

Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors, but they are seldom or never inventors. [ Voltaire ]

Our immortal souls, while righteous, are by God himself beautified with the title of his own image and similitude. [ Sir Walter Raleigh ]

Time is like a river, in which metals and solid substances are sunk, while chaff and straws swim upon the surface. [ Bacon ]

To wait for what never comes, to lie abed and not sleep, to serve and not be advanced, are three things to die of. [ Italian Proverb ]

All men are fools: to escape seeing one, one would be compelled to shut himself in his room, and break his mirror. [ De Sade ]

All great designs are formed in solitude; in the world, no object is pursued long enough to produce an impression. [ J. J. Rousseau ]

Prussia is great because her people are intelligent. They know the alphabet. The alphabet is conquering the world. [ G. W. Curtis ]

Flattery is often a traffic of mutual meanness, where although both parties intend deception, neither are deceived. [ Colton ]

America is a Paradise for women - that is why, like Eve, the American women are extremely anxious to get out of it. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

The great men of the earth are but the markingstones on the road of humanity; they are the priests of its religion. [ Mazzini ]

Our minds are like our stomachs; they are whetted by the change of food, variety supplies both with fresh appetite. [ Quintilian ]

Friends are the leaders of the bosom, being more ourselves than we are, and we complement our affections in theirs. [ A. Bronson Alcott ]

It is in the heart that God has placed the genius of women, because the works of this genius are all works of love. [ Lamartine ]

Nothing is rarer than real goodness; those even who think they possess it are generally only good-natured and weak. [ La Roche ]

The reason we are so pleased to find out other people's secrets is that it distracts public attention from our own. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

There are several ways to speak: to speak well, to speak easily, to speak justly, and to speak at the right moment. [ La Bruyere ]

What are the aims which are at the same time duties? They are the perfecting of ourselves, the happiness of others. [ Immanuel Kant ]

There are peculiar ways in men, which discover what they are, through the most subtle feints and closest disguises. [ La Bruyere ]

There are profound sorrows which remain stored in our souls, and which we always find there when we are melancholy. [ Mme. de Salm ]

Flowers are sent to do God's work in unrevealed paths, and to diffuse influence by channels that we hardly suspect. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

Time glides away, and we grow older through the noiseless years; the days flee away, and are restrained by no rein. [ Ovid ]

Instruction does not prevent waste of time or mistakes; and mistakes themselves are often the best teachers of all. [ Froude ]

There are no friends more inseparable than pride and hardness of heart, humility and love, falsehood and impudence. [ Lavater ]

Comedies acted on life's stage, behind the scenes, are much more spirited than those acted in sight of the audience. [ De Finod ]

All of us who are worth anything spend our manhood in unlearning the follies or expiating the mistakes of our youth. [ Shelley ]

Sleep brings dreams; and dreams are often most vivid and fantastical before we have yet been wholly lost in slumber. [ Robert Montgomery Bird ]

In every man's memory, with the hours when life culminated are usually associated certain books which met his views. [ Emerson ]

I regard them, as Charles the Emperor did Florence, that they are too pleasant to be looked upon except on holidays. [ Izaak Walton ]

We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

We are now in want of an art to teach how books are to be read rather than to read them. Such an art is practicable. [ Disraeli ]

Books are loved by some merely as elegant combinations of thought; by others as a means of exercising the intellect. [ Lord Dudley ]

General observations drawn from particulars are the jewels of knowledge, comprehending great store in a little room. [ Locke ]

Cannon and firearms are cruel and damnable machines. I believe them to have been the direct suggestion of the devil. [ Luther ]

Hurry and cunning are the two apprentices of despatch and skill; but neither of them ever learns his master's trade. [ Colton ]

In the mouths of many men soft words are like roses that soldiers put into the muzzles of their muskets on holidays. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking. [ La Bruyère ]

There are few faces that can afford to smile. A smile is sometimes bewitching; in general vapid; often a contortion. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

There are men who pride themselves on their insensibility to love: it is like boasting of having been always stupid. [ S. de Castres ]

Perseverance, self-reliance, energetic effort, are doubly strengthened when you rise from a failure to battle again. [ Anon ]

Long customs are not easily broken: he that attempts to change the course of his own life very often labors in vain. [ Johnson ]

Mind is the great leveller of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are alternately answered. [ Daniel Webster ]

Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns. [ William Penn ]

Everything that happens to us leaves some trace behind; everything contributes imperceptibly to make us what we are. [ Goethe ]

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing. [ Benjamin Franklin ]

Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him. Haste and hurry are very different things. [ Chesterfield ]

The realities of life are so repellent that few dare to look them in the face, and still fewer dare to speak of them. [ De Finod ]

In the grimmest rocky wildernesses of existence there are blessed well-springs, there is an everlasting guiding star. [ Carlyle ]

Happy that heart in which no more idols are to be found, but the holy God dwelling there alone as in His holy temple. [ R. Leighton ]

I think there is nothing more lovely than the love of two beautiful women who are not envious of each other's charms. [ Beaconsfield ]

Very great benefactors to the rich, or those whom they call people at their ease, are your persons of no consequence. [ Steele ]

As freedom is the only safeguard of governments, so are order and moderation generally necessary to preserve freedom. [ Macaulay ]

Great revolutions, whatever may be their causes, are not lightly commenced, and are not concluded with precipitation. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

Amusements to virtue are like breezes of air to the flame - gentle ones will fan it, but strong ones will put it out. [ David Thomas ]

How the universal heart of man blesses flowers! They are wreathed round the cradle, the marriage altar, and the tomb. [ Mrs. L. M. Child ]

Two similar faces, neither of which alone causes laughter, use laughter when they are together, by their resemblance. [ Pascal ]

Much wishes man for himself, and yet needs he but little; for the days are short, and limited is the fate of mortals. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

We are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life. [ James Freeman Clarke ]

What are the aims which are at the same time duties in life? The perfecting of ourselves and the happiness of others. [ Jean Paul ]

Nature is upheld by antagonism. Passions, resistance, danger, are educators. We acquire the strength we have overcome. [ Emerson ]

A grandam's name is little less in love than is the doting title of a mother; they are as children but one step below. [ William Shakespeare ]

A man's appearance falls within the censure of every one that sees him; his parts and learning very few are judges of. [ Steele ]

Women are pictures, men are problems: if you want to know what a woman really means, look at her, don't listen to her. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Death is not, in fact, the worst of all evils; when it comes, it is a relief to those who are worn out with suffering. [ Metastasio ]

Brevity and conciseness are the parents of conviction. The leaden bullet is more fatal than when multiplied into shot. [ Hosea Ballou ]

Since love teaches how to trick the tricksters, how much reason have we to fear it - we who are poor simple creatures! [ Marguerite de Valois ]

Fools and sensible men are equally innocuous. It is in the half fools and the half wise that the greatest danger lies. [ Goethe ]

It is by speech that many of our best gains are made. A large part of the good we receive comes to us in conversation. [ Washington Gladden ]

There are three things a wise man will not trust - the wind, the sunshine of an April day, and woman's plighted faith. [ Southey ]

The discovery of what is true and the practice of that which is good are the two most important objects of philosophy. [ Voltaire ]

Men are sometimes accused of pride, merely because their accusers would be proud themselves were they in their places. [ Shenstone ]

Both beauty and ugliness are equally to be dreaded; the one as a dangerous gift, the other as a melancholy affliction. [ Eliza Cook ]

So long as people are subject to disease and death, they will run after physicians, however much they may deride them. [ La Bruyere ]

Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after. [ Pope ]

It is only before those who are glad to hear it, and anxious to spread it, that we find it easy to speak ill of others. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages. [ Swift ]

Do not weep, my dear lady! Your tears are too precious to shed for me; bottle them up, and may the cork never be drawn. [ Sterne ]

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme, - to be sublimely great, or to be nothing. [ Southern ]

Flirtation and coquetry are so nearly allied as to be identical; both are the art of successful and pleasing deception. [ Mme. Louise Colet ]

The custom and fashion of today will be the awkwardness and outrage of tomorrow. So arbitrary are these transient laws. [ Dumas ]

If you are about to strive for your life, take with you a stout heart and a clean conscience and trust the rest to God. [ J. Fenimore Cooper ]

Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship, which always is imperfect where either of these two is wanting. [ Budgell ]

Time, the corrector when our judgments err, the test of truth and love; sole philosopher, for all besides are sophists. [ Byron ]

Happiness and virtue react upon each other - the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best. [ Lytton ]

There is one penny saved in four, between buying in thy necessity, and when the markets and seasons are fittest for it. [ Lord Burleigh ]

It is from our enemies chat we often gain excellent maxims, and are frequently surprised into reason by their mistakes. [ Thomas Paine ]

You are a devil at everything, and there is no kind of thing in the universal world but what you can turn your hand to. [ Cervantes ]

A lie always needs a truth for a handle to it. The worst lies are those whose blade is false, but whose handle is true. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

What we like determines what we are and is the sign of what we are; and to teach taste is inevitably to form character. [ Ruskin ]

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know everything, and people who know nothing. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Shadows are in reality, when the sun is shining, the most conspicuous thing in a landscape, next to the highest lights. [ Ruskin ]

O mighty Caesar! dost thou lie so low? Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils, shrunk to this little measure? [ William Shakespeare ]

There are men whose tongues are more eloquent than those of women, but no man possesses the eloquence of a woman's eye. [ C. Weber ]

Men of genius are often dull and inert in society, as the blazing meteor when it descends to the earth is only a stone. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

All cares appear twice as large as they really are, owing to their emptiness and darkness; and so is it with the grave. [ Richter ]

Extremes are for us as if they were not, and as if we were not in regard to them; they escape from us, or we from them. [ Pascal ]

The requirements of health, and the style of female attire which custom enjoins are in direct antagonism to each other. [ Abba Goold Woolson ]

Of all the evils of the world which are reproached with an evil character, death is the most innocent of its accusation. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

Lips become compressed and drawn with anxious thought, and eyes the brightest are quenched of their fires by many tears. [ S. Lover ]

Truth, justice and reason, lose all their force and all their lustre when they are not accompanied by agreeable manners. [ James Thomson ]

The heart is the medium which changes the natural hues of objects, and makes them appear other than they are in reality. [ Nicole ]

We speak of profane arts, but there are none properly such; every art is holy in itself; it is the son of Eternal Light. [ Tegner ]

It is dangerous to say to the people that their laws are unjust, for they obey them only because they believe them just. [ Pascal ]

Wise men are not wise at all hours, and will speak five times from their taste or their humour to one from their reason. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

There are some vile and contemptible men who, allowing themselves to be conquered by misfortune, seek a refuge in death. [ Agathon ]

In all our reasonings concerning men, we must lay it down as a maxim that the greater part are moulded by circumstances. [ Robert Hall ]

The nervous fluid in man is consumed by the brain; in woman, by the heart: it is there that they are the most sensitive. [ Stendhal ]

The waves of life toss our destinies like seaweeds detached from the rock. Houses are ships which receive but passengers. [ E. Souvestre ]

Words of cheer thrill not only the soul of the hearer, but equally the soul of the speaker, because they are God's words. [ Unknown ]

Excitement is not enjoyment; in calmness lies true pleasure. The most precious wines are sipped, not bolted at a swallow. [ Victor Hugo ]

The greater number of nations, as of men, are only impressible in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow old. [ Rousseau ]

On things which are no more to be changed a backward glance must be no longer cast! What is done is done, and so remains. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Now-a-days friends are no longer found; good faith is dead, envy reigns supreme; and evil habits are ever more extending. [ Sannazaro ]

There are men the eloquence of whose tongues surpasses that of women, but no man possesses the eloquence of women's eyes. [ Weber ]

What are you worth today? Not in money, but in brains, heart, purpose, character? Tell yourself the truth about yourself. [ George H. Hepworth ]

It was wisely said, by a man of great observation, that there are as many miseries beyond riches as on this side of them. [ Izaak Walton ]

Avarice starves its possessor to fatten those who come after, and who are eagerly awaiting the demise of the accumulator. [ Greville ]

Mystic, deep as the world's centre, are the roots a man has struck into his native soil; no tree that grows is rooted so. [ Carlyle ]

I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration. [ Washington Irving ]

Some men are so covetous, as if they were to live forever; and others so profuse, as if they were to die the next moment. [ Aristotle ]

The great uses of study to a woman are to enable her to regulate her own mind, and be instrumental to the good of others. [ Hannah More ]

If the wicked flourish, and thou suffer, be not discouraged; they are fatted for destruction, thou are dieted for health. [ Fuller ]

There is nothing in the world that remains unchanged. All things are in perpetual flux, and every shadow is seen to move. [ Ovid ]

Nay, but weigh well what you presume to swear. Oaths are of dreadful weight! and, if they are false. Draw down damnation. [ Sir Thomas Overbury ]

When our friends die, in proportion as we loved them, we die with them - we go with them. We are not wholly of the earth. [ William Ellery Channing ]

Codes are treacherous seas in which the poor barks of smugglers perish, while big corsairs traverse them under full sail. [ E. Souvestre ]

There are few who have at once thought and capacity for action. Thought expands, but lames; action animates, but narrows. [ Goethe ]

Literature happens to be the only occupation in which wages are not given in proportion to the goodness of the work done. [ Froude ]

Truth illuminates and gives joy; and it is by the bond of joy, not of pleasure, that men's spirits are indissolubly held. [ Matthew Arnold ]

Men are atheistical because they are first vicious, and question the truth of Christianity because they bane the practice. [ South ]

We are never present with, but always beyond ourselves. Fear, desire, and hope are still pushing us on towards the future. [ Montaigne ]

Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Some men will believe nothing but what they can comprehend; and there are but few things that such are able to comprehend. [ St. Evremond ]

In life, we shall find many men that are great, and some men that are good, but very few men that are both great and good. [ Colton ]

Lessons of wisdom have never such power over us as when they are wrought into the heart through the groundwork of a story. [ Sterne ]

A millstone and the human heart are driven ever round, If they have nothing else to grind, they must themselves be ground. [ Longfellow ]

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. [ Burke ]

God does with His children as a master does with his pupils; the more hopeful they are, the more work He gives them to do. [ Plato ]

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. [ Ben Jonson ]

When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. [ Swift ]

Scruples, temptations, and fears, and cutting perplexities of heart, are frequently the lot of the most excellent persons. [ Thomas à Kempis ]

I never think it necessary to repeat calumnies; they are sparks, which, if you do not blow them, will go out of themselves. [ Boerhaave ]

The very gnarliest and hardest of hearts has some musical strings in it; but they are tuned differently in every one of us. [ Lowell ]

Always! that is a dreadful word. Women are so fond of using it. They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

It is absurd to say that there are neither ruins nor curiosities in America when they have their mothers and their manners. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

The conditions of conquest are always easy. We have but to toil awhile, endure awhile, believe always, and never turn back. [ Simms ]

If you would be pungent, be brief, for it is with words as with sunbeams the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. [ Saxe ]

Men possessing minds which are morose, solemn, and inflexible enjoy generally a greater share of dignity than of happiness. [ Bacon ]

Sympathetic people are often uncommunicative about themselves; they give back reflected images which hide their own depths. [ George Eliot ]

Cupid's bow is, the Asiatics tell us, strung with bees, which are apt to sting sometimes fatally, those who meddle with it. [ Miss Edgeworth ]

Men are so constituted that everybody undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not. [ Goethe ]

What wonderful things are events! The least are of greater importance than the most sublime and comprehensive soeculations. [ Beaconsfield ]

If a book come from the heart, it will contrive to reach other hearts; all art and authorcraft are of small amount to that. [ Carlyle ]

We are for the most part but the contemporaries of happiness. It is spoken of about us, but we die without having known it. [ O. Firmez ]

Fools are very often united in the strictest intimacies, as the lighter kinds of woods are the most closely glued together. [ Shenstone ]

With the offspring of genius, the law of parturition reversed; the throes are in the conception, the pleasure in the birth. [ Colton ]

There are heads sometimes so little that there is no room for wit, sometimes so long that there is no wit for so much room. [ Fuller ]

All duties are matter of conscience, with this restriction that a superior obligation suspends the force of an inferior one. [ L'Estrange ]

Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than the common, but those only who have greater designs. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

To write much, and to write rapidly, are empty boasts. The world desires to know what you have done, and not how you did it. [ George Henry Lewes ]

It is not expedient or wise to examine our friends too closely; few persons are raised in our esteem by a close examination. [ Rochefoucauld ]

The greatest pleasure in life is that of reading while we are young. I have had as much of this pleasure perhaps as any one. [ Hazlitt ]

I am not so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of Heaven. [ Johnson ]

Women are charged with a fondness for nonsense and frivolity. Did not Talleyrand say, I find nonsense singularly refreshing? [ Alfred de Musset ]

There are attractions in modest diffidence above the force of words. A silent address is the genuine eloquence of sincerity. [ Goldsmith ]

There can be no excess to love, none to knowledge, none to beauty, when these attributes are considered in the purest sense. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The effect of good music is not caused by its novelty. On the contraiy, it strikes us more the more we are familiar with it. [ Goethe ]

It is astonishing the influence foolish apothegms have upon the mass of mankind, though they are not unfrequently fallacies. [ Sydney Smith ]

Leaves are the Greek, flowers the Italian, phase of the spirit of beauty that reveals itself through the flora of the globe. [ T. Starr King ]

Many have genius, but, wanting art, are forever dumb. The two must go together to form the great poet, painter, or sculptor. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

The services which cement friendship are reciprocal services. A feeling of dependence is scarcely compatible with friendship. [ William Smith ]

The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blenches, the thought that never wanders - these are the masters of victory. [ Burke ]

There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. [ Nelson Mandela ]

Who can blame me if I cherish the belief that the world is still young, - that there are great possibilities in store for it? [ Tyndall ]

The work you are treating is one full of dangerous hazard, and you are treading over fires lurking beneath treacherous ashes. [ Horace ]

Admiration is a forced tribute; and to extort it from mankind, envious and ignorant as they are, they must be taken unawares. [ James Northcote ]

Nor do they speak properly who say that time consumeth all things; for time is not effective, nor are bodies destroyed by it. [ Sir T. Browne ]

Our ancestors are very good kind of folks; but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with. [ Sheridan ]

Some men are called sagacious, merely on account of their avarice; whereas a child can clench its fist the moment it is born. [ Shenstone ]

What are these wondrous civilizing arts, this Roman polish, and this smooth behavior that render man thus tractable and tame? [ Addison ]

It is with wits as with razors, which are never so apt to cut those they are employed upon as when they have lost their edge. [ Swift ]

Few things are more unpleasant than the transaction of business with men who are above knowing or caring what they have to do. [ Johnson ]

Gentle words, quiet words, are after all, the most powerful words. They are more convincing, more compelling, more prevailing. [ Washington Gladden ]

Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can, and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys. [ Lamartine ]

Irresolution and mutability are often the faults of men whose views are wide, and whose imagination is vigorous and excursive. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Those who have suffered much are like those who know many languages; they have learned to understand and be understood by all. [ Madame Swetchine ]

All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than expectation. [ Feltham ]

Why do we dream in our sleep if we have no soul? and, if we have one, how is it that dreams are so incoherent and extravagant? [ Voltaire ]

Few things are impracticable in themselves: and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail of success. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Novels may teach us as wholesome a moral as the pulpit. There are sermons in stones, in healthy books, and good in everything. [ Colton ]

We are all of us so hard-up nowadays that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. They're the only things we can pay. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

The beloved of the Almighty are the rich who have the humility of the poor, and the poor who have the magnanimity of the rich. [ Saadi ]

When we meet with a natural style, we are surprised and delighted, for we expected to find an author, and we have found a man. [ Pascal ]

Scandals are like dandelion seeds - they are arrow-headed, and stick where they fall, and bring forth and multiply fourfold. [ Ouida ]

We are sure to be losers when we quarrel with ourselves; it is a civil war, and in all such contentions, triumphs are defeats. [ Colton ]

The circle of life is cut up into segments. All lines are equal if they are drawn from the centre and touch the circumference. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Like a beautiful flower full of color, but without scent, are the fine but fruitless words of him who does not act accordingly. [ Buddha ]

Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces. [ Matthew Henry ]

Friends are often chosen for similitude of manners, and therefore each palliates the other's failings because they are his own. [ Dr. Johnson ]

The tallest and the smallest among us are so alike diminutive and pitifully base, it is a meanness to calculate the difference. [ Thackeray ]

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity there are a hundred that will stand adversity. [ Thomas Carlyle ]

Education must bring the practice as nearly as possible to the theory. As the children now are, so will the sovereigns soon be. [ Horace Mann ]

Great souls are not those which have less passion and more virtue than common souls, but only those which have greater designs. [ La Roche ]

As houses well stored with provisions are likely to be full of mice, so the bodies of those that eat much are full of diseases. [ Diogenes ]

Men possessing minds which are morose, solemn, and inflexible, enjoy, in general, a greater share of dignity than of happiness. [ Bacon ]

Wounds and hardships provoke our courage, and when our fortunes are at the lowest, our wits and minds are commonly at the best. [ Charron ]

Oh, how a small portion of earth will hold us when we are dead, who ambitiously seek after the whole world while we are living! [ Philip, King of Macedon ]

It is pride which fills the world with so much harshness and severity. We are rigorous to offenses as if we bad never offended. [ Blair ]

Talk not to me of the wisdom of women, - I know my own sex well; the wisest of us all are but little less foolish than the rest. [ Mary, Queen of Scots ]

Superstition is certainly not the characteristic of this age. Yet some men are bigoted in politics who are infidels in religion. [ Junius ]

There are three things in speech that ought to be considered before some things are spoken - the manner, the place and the time. [ Southey ]

Reason is the glory of human nature, and one of the chief eminences whereby we are raised above the beasts, in this lower world. [ Dr. Watts ]

The eyes have a property in things and territories not named in any title deeds, and are the owners of our choicest possessions. [ Alcott ]

Men are so completely fools by necessity that he is but a fool in a higher strain of folly who does not confess his foolishness. [ Pascal ]

A coldness or an incivility from such as are above us makes us hate them, but a salute or a smile quickly reconciles us to them.

There are few men so obstinate in their atheism whom a pressing danger will not reduce to an acknowledgment of the Divine power. [ Plato ]

Nonsense, when earnest, is impressive, and sometimes takes you in. If you are in a hurry, you occasionally mistake it for sense. [ Beaconsfield ]

Whatever the world may say, there are some mortal sorrows; and our lives ebb away less through our blood than through our tears. [ P. Juillerat ]

Our cares are the mothers, not only of our charities and virtues, but of our best joys and most cheering and enduring pleasures. [ Simms ]

The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid of ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

There are two freedoms, - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where a man is free to do what he ought. [ Charles Kingsley ]

God be thanked for books. They are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages. [ Channing ]

There are some moral conditions in which Death smiles upon us, as smiles a silent and peaceful night upon the exhausted laborer. [ Alfred Mercier ]

Without tact you can learn nothing. Tact teaches you when to be silent. Inquirers who are always inquiring never learn anything. [ I. Disraeli ]

Some are brave men one day and cowards another, as great captains have often told me, from their own experience and observation. [ Sir W. Temple ]

Men are so accustomed to lie, that one can not take too many precautions before trusting them - if they are to be trusted at all. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

Presence of mind, penetration, fine observation, are the sciences of women; ability to avail themselves of these is their talent. [ Rousseau ]

When the oak-tree is felled, the whole forest echoes with it; but a hundred acorns are planted silently by some unnoticed breeze. [ Carlyle ]

It seems as though, at the approach of a certain dark hour, the light of heaven infills those who are leaving the light of earth. [ Victor Hugo ]

What man in his right mind would conspire his own hurt? Men are beside themselves when they transgress against their convictions. [ William Penn ]

Those who are unacquainted with the world take pleasure in the intimacy of great men; those who are wiser dread the consequences. [ Horace ]

There are two sorts of pity: one is a balm and the other a poison; the first is realized by our friends, the last by our enemies. [ Charles Sumner ]

A man's possessions are just as large as his own soul. If his titledeeds cover more, the surplus acres own him. not he the acres. [ R. F. Hallock ]

An aged Christian with the snow of time on his head may remind us that those points of earth are whitest that are nearest heaven. [ E. H. Cbapin ]

Houses are built to live in more than to look on; therefore let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had. [ Bacon ]

You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are characters decidedly bad. [ Callenberg ]

There is a chill air surrounding those who are down in the world; and people are glad to get away from them, as from a cold room. [ George Eliot ]

A library is a precious catacomb, wherein are embalmed and preserved imperishably the great minds of the dead who will never die. [ Chatfield ]

There are men who dwell on the defects of their enemies. I always have regard to the merits of mine, and derive profit therefrom. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

There are some men formed with feelings so blunt that they can hardly be said to be awake during the whole course of their lives. [ Burke ]

The symptoms of compassion and benevolence in some people are like those minute-guns which warn you that you are in deadly peril. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

We like morality when we are old, because we make of it a merit for the numerous privations which have become for us a necessity. [ Mme. de Salm ]

Games of chance are traps to catch schoolboy novices and gaping country squires, who begin with a guinea and end with a mortgage. [ Cumberland ]

Good resolutions are a useless attempt to interfere with scientific laws; their origin pure vanity, their results absolutely nil. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

There are certain people fated to be fools; they not only commit follies by choice, but are even constrained to do so by fortune. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Like a great poet, Nature produces the greatest results with the simplest means. There are simply a sun, flowers, water, and love. [ Heine ]

Truth and fidelity are the pillars of the temple of the world; when these are broken, the fabric falls, and crushes all to pieces. [ Owen Feltham ]

When general observations are drawn from so many particulars as to become certain and indisputable, these are jewels of knowledge. [ Dr. Watts ]

Some of our weaknesses are born in us, others are the result of education; it is a question which of the two give us most trouble. [ Goethe ]

We are finite beings: there can be no infinite happiness for us. The soul that dreams it and pursues it will embrace but a shadow. [ Balzac ]

Hill and valley, seas and constellations, are but stereotypes of divine ideas appealing to and answered by the living soul of man. [ Chapin ]

Pleasure and pain, the good, and the bad, are so intermixed that we can not shun the one without depriving ourselves of the other. [ Mme. de Maintenon ]

Where much is given, much shall be required. There are never privileges to enjoy without corresponding duties to fulfil in return. [ Phiiups Brooks ]

The little and short sayings of nice and excellent men are of great value, like the dust of gold, or the least sparks of diamonds. [ Tillotson ]

Death is like thunder in two particulars; we are alarmed at the sound of it and it is formidable only from that which preceded it. [ C. C. Colton ]

There are few persons of greater worth than their reputation; but how many are there whose worth is far short of their reputation! [ Stanislaus ]

We disregard the things which lie under our eyes; indifferent to what is close at hand, we inquire after things that are far away. [ Pliny ]

Ideas once planted in the brain fructify, and bear their harvest more or less bountiful and rich as they are fertilized by thought. [ Bartol ]

A wise man in the company of those who are ignorant has been compared by the sages to a beautiful girl in the company of blind men. [ Saadi ]

Among those evils which befall us, there are many which have been more painful to us in the prospect than by their actual pressure. [ Addison ]

Our minds are as different as our faces; we are all travelling to one destination, - happiness; but few are going by the same road. [ Caleb C. Colton ]

The lives of men who have been always growing are strewed along their whole course with the things they have learned to do without. [ Phillips Brooks ]

Goodman Fact is allowed by everybody to be a plain-spoken person, and a man of very few words; tropes and figures are his aversion. [ Addison ]

The propriety of thoughts and words, which are the hidden beauties of a play, are but confusedly judged in the vehemence of action. [ Dryden ]

There are moments of intense joy and grief, which every one has, at least, once in his life, that illuminate his character at once. [ Lavater ]

I do not know at first what it is that charms me. The men and things of today are wont to be fairer and truer in tomorrow's memory. [ Thoreau ]

Those who injure one party to benefit another are quite as unjust as if they converted the property of others to their own benefit. [ Cicero ]

God pardon them that are the cause thereof! A virtuous and a Christianlike conclusion, to pray for them that have done scath to us. [ William Shakespeare ]

Though thou art disappointed in a hope, never let hope fail thee; though one door is shut, there are thousands still open for thee. [ Rückert ]

Those who seek happiness in ostentation and dissipation, are like those who prefer the light of a candle to the splendor of the sun. [ Napoleon I ]

Books are a guide in youth, and an entertainment for age. They support us in solitude, and keep us from being a burden to ourselves. [ J. Collier ]

'Tis the only discipline we are born for; all studies else are but as circular lines, and death the center where they all must meet. [ Massinger ]

Words are good, But they are not the best. The best is not to be explained by words; the spirit in which we act is the great matter. [ Goethe ]

Jesus wept once; possibly more than once. There are times when God asks nothing of His children except silence, patience, and tears. [ Charles S. Robinson ]

Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; and beasts, by nature. [ Cicero ]

Simple diet is best; for many dishes bring many diseases, and rich sauces are worse than even heaping several meats upon each other. [ Pliny ]

Men of strong affections are jealous of their own genius. They fear lest they should be loved for a quality, and not for themselves. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Love's sweetest meanings are unspoken; the full heart knows no rhetoric of words, and resorts to the pantomime of sighs and glances. [ Bovee ]

We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed or damps our efforts. [ Hazlitt ]

We are ordinarily more easily satisfied with reasons that we have discovered ourselves, than by those which have occurred to others. [ Pascal ]

We can never be grieved for their miseries who are thoroughly wicked, and have thereby justly called their calamities on themselves. [ Dryden ]

There are pictures by Titian so steeped in golden splendors, that they look as if they would light up a dark room like a solar lamp. [ Hillard ]

Fine natures are like fine poems; a glance at the first two lines suffices for a guess into the beauty that waits you if you read on. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

People are not aware of the very great force which pleasantry in company has upon all those with whom a man of that talent converses. [ Steele ]

Oh, brother wearers of motley, are there not moments when one grows sick of grinning and trembling and the jingling of cap and bells? [ Thackeray ]

I hope you are becoming more and more interested in making those around you happy. That is the true way to secure your own happiness. [ Robert E. Lee ]

One of the greatest pleasures of life is conversation, and the pleasures of conversation are enhanced by every increase of knowledge. [ Sydney Smith ]

When thou are obliged to speak, be sure to speak the truth; for equivocation is half-way to lying and lying is the whole way to hell. [ William Penn ]

The wrinkles on his forehead are the marks which his mighty deeds have engraved there, and still indicate what he was in former days. [ Corneille ]

Death is not an end, but a transition crisis. All the forms of decay are but masks of regeneration - the secret alembics of vitality. [ Chapin ]

There are no pleasures where women are not; and with the French, champagne itself has no flavor, unless served by the hand of beauty. [ Romieu ]

That wonderful book, while it obtains admiration from the most fastidious critics, is loved by those who are too simple to admire it. [ Macaulay ]

There are braying men in the world, as well as braying asses; for what is loud and senseless talking any other than a way of braying? [ Sir Roger L'Estrange ]

To the Christian, these shades are the golden haze which heaven's light makes, when it meets the earth, and mingles with its shadows. [ H. W. Beecher ]

Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews to challenge every new author. [ Longfellow ]

Books are true friends that will never flatter nor dissemble: be you but true to yourself, . . . and you shall need no other comfort. [ Bacon ]

When the heart is still agitated by the remains of a passion, we are more ready to receive a new one than when we are entirely cured. [ Rochefoucauld ]

The connoisseur of art must be able to appreciate what is simply beautiful, but the common run of people are satisfied with ornament. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

We are poor, indeed, when we have no half-wishes left us. The heart and the imagination close the shutters the instant they are gone. [ Landor ]

There are cloudy days for the mind as well as for the world, and the man who has the most genius is twenty times a day in the clouds. [ Beaumelle ]

The pure in heart are slow to credit calumnies, because they hardly comprehend what motives can be inducements to the alleged crimes. [ Jane Porter ]

There are principles excellent for certain firm and energetic characters, which would be worth nothing for those of an inferior order. [ Chamfort ]

The prejudices of men emanate from the mind, and may be overcome; the prejudices of women emanate from the heart, and are impregnable.

Happiness is in taste and not in things; and it is by having what we love that we are happy, not by having what others find agreeable. [ Rochefoucauld ]

The finest flowers of genius have grown in an atmosphere where those of Nature are prone to droop, and difficult to bring to maturity. [ Dr. Guthrie ]

It is the height of folly to throw up attempting because you have failed. Failures are wonderful elements in developing the character. [ Anon ]

Great men are the modellers, patterns, and in a wide sense creators, of whatsoever the general mass of men contrived to do and attain. [ Carlyle ]

It is strange that thought should depend upon the stomach, and still that men with the best stomachs are not always the best thinkers. [ Voltaire ]

A similitude of nature and manners in such a degree as we are capable of, must tie the holy knot, and rivet the friendship between us. [ F. Atterbury ]

Great minds do indeed react on the society which has made them what they are; but they only pay with interest what they have received. [ Macaulay ]

Now black and deep the night begins to fall, a shade immense; sunk in the quenching gloom, magnificent and vast, are heaven and earth. [ Thomson ]

Multitudes of words are neither an argument of clear ideas in the writer, nor a proper means of conveying clear notions to the reader. [ Adam Clarke ]

There are two ways of attaining an important end - force and perseverance; the silent power of the latter grows irresistible with time. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

The power of duly appreciating little things belongs to a great mind; a narrow-minded man has it not, for to him they are great things. [ Whately ]

People generally despise where they flatter, and cringe to those they would gladly overtop; so that truth and ceremoney are two things. [ Marcus Antonius ]

The brightest crowns that are worn in heaven have been tried and smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation. [ Chapin ]

A weapon is anything that can serve to wound; and sentiments are perhaps the most cruel weapons man can employ to wound his fellow man. [ Balzac ]

Of the things which man can make or do here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy, are the things that we call books. [ Carlyle ]

It is indeed the boundary of life, beyond which we are not to pass; which the law of nature has pitched for a limit not to be exceeded. [ Montaigne ]

Music, in the best sense, does not require novelty; nay, the older it is, and the more we are accustomed to it, the greater its effect. [ Goethe ]

Differences, we know, are never so effectually laid asleep as by some common calamity; an enemy unites all to whom he threatens danger. [ Dr. Johnson ]

There are a good many real miseries in life that we cannot help smiling at, but they are the smiles that make wrinkles and not dimples. [ O. W. Holmes ]

Sects of men are apt to be shut up in sectarian ideas of their own, and to be less open to new general ideas than the main body of men. [ Matthew Arnold ]

Hunting after happiness is like hunting after a lost sheep in the wilderness - when you find it, the chances are that it is a skeleton. [ H. W. Shaw ]

The mind, like all other things, will become impaired, the sciences are its food, - they nourish, but at the same time they consume it. [ Bruyere ]

Have I a religion, have I a country, have I a love, that I am ready to die for? are the first trial questions to itself of a true soul. [ John Ruskin ]

None are so seldom found alone, and are so soon tired of their own company, as those coxcombs who are on the best terms with themselves. [ Colton ]

In our judgment of human transactions the law of optics is reversed; we see the most indistinctly the objects which are close around us. [ Whately ]

Fine speeches are the instruments of fools or knaves, who use them when they want good sense; but honesty needs no disguise or ornament. [ Otway ]

These are the signs of a wise man: to reprove nobody, to praise nobody, to blame nobody, nor even to speak of himself or his own merits. [ Epictetus ]

Beauty, wit, high birth, vigor of bone, desert in service, love, friendship, charity, are subjects all to envious and calumniating time. [ William Shakespeare ]

He that does not know those things which are of use and necessity for him to know, is but an ignorant man, whatever he may know besides. [ Tillotson ]

Laws are the very bulwarks of liberty. They define every man's rights, and stand between and defend the individual liberties of all men. [ Holland ]

Suspicions are nothing when a man is really true, and every one should persevere in acting honestly, for all will be made right in time. [ Hans Andersen ]

Intellectually the difficulties of unbelief are as great as those of belief, while morally the argument is wholly on the side of belief. [ Dr. T. Arnold ]

The mind is like a sheet of white paper in this, that the impressions it receives the oftenest, and retains the longest, are black ones. [ J. C and A. W. Hare ]

Jails and state prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more you must have of the former. [ Horace Mann ]

Nor or Or? These conjunctions are often confused. Example: I can neither read or write. In this sentence or is incorrectly used for nor. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

It is safer to believe evil of everyone until people are found out to be good, but that requires a great deal of investigation nowadays. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Female beauties are as fickle in their faces as in their minds; though casualties should spare them, age brings in a necessity of decay. [ Boyle ]

It is with certain good qualities as with the senses; those who are entirely deprived of them can neither appreciate nor comprehend them. [ Rochefoucauld ]

I believe it to be true that dreams are the true interpreters of our inclinations; but there is art required to sort and understand them. [ Montaigne ]

The most civilised are as near to barbarism as the most polished steel to rust. Nations, like metals, have only a superficial brilliancy. [ Rivarol ]

The individual and the race are always moving, and as we drift into new latitudes new lights open in the heaven more immediately over us. [ Chapin ]

The reason why borrowed books are so seldom returned to their owners is, that it is much easier to retain the books than what is in them. [ Montaigne ]

The sin of pride is the sin of sins, in which all subsequent sins are included, as in their germ; they are but the unfolding of this one. [ Trench ]

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade. [ Bovee ]

The primal duties shine aloft like stars; The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless, Are scattered at the feet of man, like flowers. [ Wordsworth ]

If we are rich with the riches which we neither give nor enjoy, we are rich with the riches which are buried in the caverns of the earth. [ Veeshnoo Sarma ]

Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie; to be laid in the balance they are altogether lighter than vanity. [ Bible ]

It is the mind that makes us rich and happy, in what condition soever we are, and money signifies no more to it than it does to the gods. [ Seneca ]

Propriety of thought and propriety of diction are commonly found together. Obscurity and affectation are the two greatest faults of style. [ Macaulay ]

Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People that have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company. [ Jeremy Collier ]

I believe it will be found that those who marry late are best pleased with their children; and those who marry early, with their partners. [ Dr. Johnson ]

It is a certain rule that wit and passion are entirely incompatible. When the affections are moved, there is no place for the imagination. [ Hume ]

Obey thy genius, for a minister it is unto the throne of fate. Draw to thy soul, and centralize the rays which are ground of the Divinity. [ Bailey ]

Friendships are the purer and the more ardent, the nearer they come to the presence of God, the Sun not only of righteousness but of love. [ Landor ]

Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence - as a compliment from God. [ Beecher ]

Seas are the fields of combat for the winds; but when they sweep along some flowery coast, their wings move mildly and their rage is lost. [ Dryden ]

When we read that the lost sheep is preferred to the rest of the flock, we are tempted to think that penitence is preferable to innocence.

Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison in the provisions of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction. [ Swift ]

Some men are counted wise from the cunning manner in which they hide their ignorance. In what little they do know such men play the pedant. [ A. Ricard ]

The finest lives, in my opinion, are those who rank in the common model and with the human race, but without miracle, without extravagance. [ Montaigne ]

There is not one of us that would not be worse than kings, if so continually corrupted as they are with a sort of vermin called flatterers. [ Montaigne ]

When my time on Earth is gone, and my activities here are past, I want that they should bury me upside down, so my critics can kiss my ass. [ Bobby Knight ]

No man is the wiser for his learning; it may administer matter to work in, or objects to work upon; but wit and wisdom are born with a man. [ Selden ]

Our understandings are always liable to error. Nature and certainty is very hard to come at; and infallibility is mere vanity and pretense. [ Marcus Antoninus ]

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds; and these invaluable communications are within the reach of all. [ Mme. de Genlis ]

In the career of female fame, there are few prizes to be obtained which can vie with the obscure state of a beloved wife or a happy mother. [ Jane Porter ]

Lampoons and satires, that are written with wit and spirit, are like poisoned darts, which not only inflict a wound, but make it incurable. [ Addison ]

Man is not the creature of circumstances; circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

That the women of the Old Testament were dressed with oriental richness there is no doubt, nor are they censured for so arraying themselves. [ Charlotte M. Yonge ]

It is the vain endeavour to make ourselves what we are not that has strewn history with so many broken purposes and lives left in the rough. [ Lowell ]

Life is as a slate where all our sins are written: from time to time we rub the sponge of repentance over it, in order to begin to sin anew.

Let men of all ranks, whether they are successful or unsuccessful, whether they triumph or not - let them do their duty, and rest satisfied. [ Plato ]

Look out for a people entirely destitute of religion. If you find them at all, be assured that they are but few degrees removed from brutes. [ Hume ]

The rules of prudence, like the laws of the stone tables, are for the most part prohibitive. Thou shalt not is their characteristic formula. [ Coleridge ]

All the spaces between my mind and the mind of God are full of truths waiting to be crystallized into laws for the government of the masses. [ Theodore Parker ]

People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy. [ Sterne ]

Ye who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities, and long ponder what your powers are equal to, and what they are unable to perform. [ Horace ]

I study much, and the more I study, the oftener I go back to those first principles which are so simple that childhood itself can lisp them. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

New or Novel? New and novel are sometimes used indiscriminately. New is opposed to old, novel to known; as, a new house, a novel invention. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

I confess I should be glad if my pleasures were as pleasing to God as they are to me: in that case, I should often find matter for rejoicing. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

It is, indeed, a blessing, when the virtues of noble races are hereditary; and do derive themselves from the imitation of virtuous ancestors. [ Nabb ]

Our humble lilies of the valley and our field sparrows are wise enough to tell us of Nature's overruling care, that makes happiness possible. [ Newell Dwight Hillis ]

Propriety of thought and propriety of diction are commonly found together. Obscurity of expression generally springs from confusion of ideas. [ Macaulay ]

High air-castles are cunningly built of words, the words well-bedded in good logic mortar; wherein, however, no knowledge will come to lodge. [ Carlyle ]

A lover is a man who endeavors to be more amiable than it is possible for him to be: this is the reason why almost all lovers are ridiculous. [ Chamfort ]

We are accustomed to see men deride what they do not understand; and snarl at the good and beautiful because it lies beyond their sympathies. [ Goethe ]

Those with whom we can apparently become well acquainted in a few moments are generally the most difficult to rightly know and to understand. [ Hawthorne ]

Woman was formed to admire; man to be admirable. His are the glories of the sun at noonday; hers the softened splendors of the midnight moon. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

There are only two things in which the false professors of all religions have agreed - to persecute all other sects and to plunder their own. [ Colton ]

Life often seems but a long shipwreck, of which the debris are friendship, glory, and love: the shores of our existence are strewn with them. [ Mme. de Stael ]

Misfortunes one can endure - they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults - Ah ! there is the sting of life. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

Make the most and the best of your lot, and compare yourself not with the few that are above you, but with the multitudes which are below you. [ Johnson ]

People who are arrogant on account of their wealth are about equal to our Laplanders, who measure a man's worth by the number of his reindeer. [ Fredrika Bremer ]

It is by no means a fact that death is the worst of all evils; when it comes it is an alleviation to mortals who are worn out with sufferings. [ Metastasio ]

Thoughts take up no room. When they are right, they afford a portable pleasure, which one may travel with, without any trouble or encumbrance. [ Jeremy Collier ]

The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding. [ Addison ]

Misery and ignorance are always the cause of great evils. Misery is easily excited to anger, and ignorance soon yields to perfidious counsels. [ Addison ]

Our minds are like certain vehicles, - when they have little to carry they make much noise about it, but when heavily loaded they run quietly. [ Elihu Burritt ]

Truth should be strenuous and bold; but the strongest things are not always the noisiest, as any one may see who compares scolding with logic. [ Chapin ]

Her cheeks blushing, and withal, when she was spoken to. a little smiling, were like roses when their leaves are with a little breath stirred. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

Crows pick out the eyes of the dead when they are no longer of any use. But flatterers destroy the souls of the living by blinding their eyes. [ Maximus ]

To be prejudiced is always to be weak; yet there are prejudices so near to laudable that they have been often praised and are always pardoned. [ Johnson ]

Blessed are those whose blood and judgment are so well commingled that they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger to sound what stop she please. [ William Shakespeare ]

We are told to walk noiselessly through the world, that we may waken neither hatred nor envy; but, alas! what can we do when they never sleep! [ J. Petit-Senn ]

Words indeed are but the signs and counters of knowledge, and their currency should be strictly regulated by the capital which they represent. [ Colton ]

Youth, enthusiasm, and tenderness are like the days of spring. Instead of complaining, O my heart, of their brief duration, try to enjoy them. [ Rückert ]

But for us there are moments, O, how solemn, when destiny trembles in the balance, and the preponderance of either scale is by our own choice. [ Mark Hopkins ]

Wise laws and just restraints are to a noble nation not chains, but chains of mail, - strength and defense, though something of an incumbrance. [ Ruskin ]

Duty is what goes most against the grain, because in doing that we do only what we are strictly obliged to, and are seldom much praised for it. [ La Bruyere ]

Books are the windows through which the soul looks out; a house without books is like a room without windows. It is a man's duty to have books. [ H. W. Beecher ]

There are many people who would give all their wealth to be dispossessed of the nicknames they have, or to stamp some new imprimatur upon them. [ Acton ]

Talents angel-bright, if wanting worth, are shining instruments in false ambition's hand, to finish faults illustrious, and give infamy renown. [ Young ]

Many are ambitious of saying grand things, that is, of being grandiloquent. Eloquence is speaking out - a quality few esteem, and fewer aim at. [ Hare ]

Two gifts are indispensable to the dramatic poet; one is the power of forgetting himself, the other is the power of remembering his characters. [ Stoddart ]

Men of real merit, and whose noble and glorious deeds we are ready to acknowledge, are yet not to be endured when they vaunt their own actions. [ Aeschines ]

It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Without great men, great crowds of people in a nation are disgusting; like moving cheese, like hills of ants or of fleas - the more, the worse. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The more secure we feel against our liability to any error to which, in fact, we are liable, the greater must be our danger of falling into it. [ Whately ]

Give, and you may keep your friend if you lose your money; lend, and the chances are that you lose your friend if ever you get back your money. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Let us then be what we are, and speak what we think, and in all things keep ourselves loyal to truth, and the sacred professions of friendship. [ Longfellow ]

Foppery is never cured; it is the bad stamina of the mind, which, like those of the body, are never rectified; once a coxcomb, always a coxcomb. [ Johnson ]

Never hold any one by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue. [ Chesterfield ]

Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power, that is all. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

A rich man cannot enjoy a sound mind nor a sound body without exercise and abstinence; and yet these are truly the worst ingredients of poverty. [ Lord Kames ]

Nor is it enough to have once seen him; they are delighted to linger near him, and to keep step with him, and to learn the reason of his coming. [ Virgil ]

Style in painting is the same as in writing, - a power over materials, whether words or colors, by which conceptions or sentiments are conveyed. [ Sir Joshua Reynolds ]

Formerly when great fortunes were only made in war, war was a business; but now, when great fortunes are only made by business, business is war. [ Bovee ]

When you have got so much true knowledge as is worth fighting for, you are bound to fight or to die for it, but not to debate about it any more. [ John Ruskin ]

Books are negative pictures of thought, and the more sensitive the mind that receives their images, the more nicely the fine lines are produced. [ O. W. Holmes ]

The generality of men are wholly governed by names in matters of good and evil, so far as the qualities relate to and affect the actions of men. [ South ]

None of the projects or designs which exercise the mind of man are equally subject to obstructions and disappointments with the pursuit of fame. [ Dr. Johnson ]

We never know the true value of friends. While they live we are too sensitive of their faults: when we have lost them we only see their virtues. [ J. C. and A. W. Hare ]

You who are ashamed of your poverty, and blush for your calling, are a snob; as are you who boast of your pedigree, or are proud of your wealth. [ Thackeray ]

Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use. [ Johnson ]

I think people tend to forget that trees are living creatures. They're sort of like dogs. Huge, quiet, motionless dogs, with bark instead of fur. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

Books are faithful repositories, which may be awhile neglected or forgotten, but when they are opened again, will again impart their instruction. [ Jonson ]

There are women so hard to please that it seems as if nothing less than an angel will suit them: hence it comes that they often meet with devils. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

Charity balls are a curse. The name is a subtle argument in favor of their existence, but if ever anything belied its name, it is a charity ball. [ Geo. F. Hall ]

The business of life summons us away from useless grief, and calls us to the exercise of those virtues of which we are lamenting our deprivation. [ Dr. Johnson ]

They who are most weary of life, and yet are most unwilling to die, are such who have lived to no purpose, - who have rather breathed than lived. [ Lord Clarendon ]

The world will be to each one of us very much what we make it. The cheerful are its real possessors, for the world belongs to those who enjoy it. [ Samuel Smiles ]

The best way to come to truth is to examine things as they really are, and not to conclude they are, as we have been taught by others to imagine. [ Locke ]

Relations are simply a tedious pack of people who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die. [ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest ]

Poetry and flowers are the wine and spirit of The Arab; a couplet is equal to a bottle, and a rose to a dram, without the evil effects of either. [ Layard ]

Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of; they just turn up some of the ill weeds on to the surface. [ Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Gleanings among the Sheaves ]

Men who marry wives very much superior to themselves are not so truly husbands to their wives as they are unawares made slaves to their position. [ Plutarch ]

Wise sayings are not only for ornament, but for action and business, having a point or edge, whereby knots in business are pierced and discovered. [ Bacon ]

Pride's chickens have bonny feathers, but they are an expensive brood to rear. They eat up everything, and are always lean when brought to market. [ Alexander Smith ]

Our wrangling lawyers are so litigious and busy here on earth, that I think they will plead their clients' causes hereafter, some of them in hell. [ Burton ]

We are at best but stewards of what we falsely call our own; yet avarice is so insatiable that it is not in the power of liberality to content it. [ Seneca ]

Gruel men are the greatest lovers of mercy, avaricious men of generosity, and proud men of humility; that is to say, in others, not in themselves. [ Colton ]

The disciples found angels at the grave of Him they loved; and we should always find them too, but that our eyes are too full of tears for seeing. [ Beecher ]

Motives are better than actions. Men drift into crime. Of evil they do more than they contemplate, and of good they contemplate more than they do. [ Bovee ]

Where there is a wine-shop, there are the elements of disease and the frightful source of all that is at enmity with the interests of the workmen. [ Count De Montalembert ]

Some have a violent and turgid manner of talking and thinking: they are always in extremes, and pronounce concerning everything in the superlative. [ Dr. Watts ]

Young voices around the domestic altar, breathing sacred music at the hour of morning and evening devotion, are a sweet and touching accompaniment. [ K. Arvine ]

Fashionable dances as now carried on are revolting to every feeling of delicacy and propriety and are fraught with the greatest danger to millions. [ Horace Bushnell ]

Shining outward qualities, although they may excite first-rate expectations, are not unusually found to be the companions of second-rate abilities. [ Colton ]

To the disgrace of men it is seen that there are women both more wise to judge what evil is expected, and more constant to bear it when it happens. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

The very thrills of genius are disorganizing. The body is never quite acclimated to its atmosphere, but how often succumbs and goes into a decline. [ Henry D. Thoreau ]

Witty, above all, O be not witty; none of us is bound to be witty, under penalties; to be wise and true we all are, under the terriblest penalties. [ Carlyle ]

Remembrance! celestial present, shadow of the blessings which are no longer! Thou art still a pleasure that consoles us for all those we have lost!

Dignity of position adds to dignity of character, as well as to dignity of carriage. Give us a proud position, and we are impelled to act up to it. [ Bovee ]

I make little account of genealogical trees. Mere family never made a man great. Thought and deed, not pedigree, are the passports to enduring fate. [ General Skobeleff ]

Danger is the very basis of superstition. It produces a searching after help supernaturally when human means are no longer supposed to be available. [ B. R. Haydon ]

The good things of life are not to be had singly, but come to us with a mixture; like a school-boy's holiday, with a task affixed to the tail of it. [ Charles Lamb ]

Musical people are so absurdly unreasonable. They always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be absolutely deaf. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

Generosity, when once set going, knows not how to stop; as the more familiar we are with the lovely form, the more enamored we become of her charms. [ Pliny the Younger ]

Haste and rashness are storms and tempests, breaking and wrecking business; but nimbleness is a full, fair wind, blowing it with speed to the haven. [ Thomas Fuller ]

By the ancients, courage was regarded as practically the main part of virtue; by us, though I hope we are not less brave, purity is so regarded now. [ J. C. Hare ]

The eyes of a man are of no use without the observing power. Telescopes and microscopes are cunning contrivances, but they cannot see of themselves. [ Paxton Hood ]

If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else. [ Carlyle ]

Libraries are as the shrines where all the relics of saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed. [ Lord Bacon ]

Women are the happiest beings of the creation: in compensation for our services they reward us with a happiness of which they retain more than half. [ De Varennes ]

There are forty men of wit for one of sense; and he that will carry nothing about him but gold, will be every day at a loss for want of ready change. [ Unknown ]

Physicians, of all men, are most happy; whatever good success soever they have the world proclaimeth, and what faults they commit the earth covereth. [ Quarles ]

I hope in the future Americans are thought of as a warlike, vicious people, because I bet a lot of high schools would pick Americans as their mascot. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

Stories first heard at a mother's knee are never wholly forgotten - a little spring that never quite dries up in our journey through scorching years. [ Ruffini ]

There are such things as a man shall remember with joy upon his death-bed; such as shall cheer and warm his heart even in that last and bitter agony. [ South ]

In employing fiction to make truth clear and goodness attractive, we are only following the example which every Christian ought to propose to himself. [ Macaulay ]

How happy he who can still hope to lift himself from this sea of error! What we know not, that we are anxious to possess, and cannot use what we know. [ Goethe ]

To reveal imprudently the spot where we are most sensitive and vulnerable is to invite a blow. The demigod Achilles admitted no one to his confidence. [ Madame Swetchine ]

Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people. [ H. Clay ]

Libraries are the wardrobes of our literature, whence men, properly informed, might bring something for ornament, much for curiosity, and more for use. [ J. Dyer ]

Complaints are vain; we will try to do better another time. Tomorrow and tomorrow. A few designs and a few failures, and the time of designing is past. [ Johnson ]

Great minds seek to labour for eternity. All other men are captivated by immediate advantages; great minds are excited by the prospect of distant good. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Great attention to what is said and sweetness of speech, a great degree of kindness and the appearance of awe, are always tokens of a man's attachment. [ Hitopadesa ]

A noble birth and fortune, though they make not a bad man good, yet they are a real advantage to a worthy one, and place his virtues in a fairer light. [ Lillo ]

Under the veil of these curious sentences are hid those germs of morals which the masters of philosophy have afterwards developed into so many volumes. [ Plutarch ]

If you seek warmth of affection from a similar motive to that from which cats and dogs and slothful persons hug the fire, you are on the downward road. [ Thoreau ]

Innocence and diligence are inseparable companions, and only those who are active in the discharge of their duties here below are blessed from on high. [ Magoon ]

Kind words are benedictions. They are not only instruments of power, but of benevolence and courtesy; blessings both to the speaker and hearer of them. [ Frederick Saunders ]

There is but one class of men to be trembled at, and that is the stupid class, the class that cannot see; who, alas! are mainly they that will not see. [ Carlyle ]

Flowers and fruits are always fit presents - flowers, because they are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world. [ Emerson ]

No woman, plain or pretty, has any commonsense at all. Common-sense is the privilege of our sex and we men are so self-sacrificing that we never use it. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

Whatever the benefits of fortune are, they yet require a palate fit to relish and taste them; it is fruition, and not possession, that renders us happy. [ Montaigne ]

Perseverance and tact are the two great qualities most valuable for all men who would mount, but especially for those who have to step out of the crowd. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

Real friends are our greatest joy and our greatest sorrow. It were almost to be wished that all true and faithful friends should expire on the same day. [ Fenelon ]

Books are the negative pictures of thought, and the more sensitive the mind that receives their images, the more nicely the finest lines are reproduced. [ Holmes ]

The affections are the children of ignorance; when the horizon of our experience expands, and models multiply, love and admiration imperceptibly vanish. [ Beaconsfield ]

There are few mortals so insensible that their affections cannot be gained by mildness, their confidence by sincerity, their hatred by scorn or neglect. [ Zimmermann ]

The great atheists are, indeed, the hypocrites, which are ever handling holy things, but without feeling; so as they must need be cauterized in the end. [ Bacon ]

Be substantially great in thyself, and more than thou appearest unto others; and let the world be deceived in thee, as they are in the lights of heaven. [ Sir Thomas Browne ]

I hope if dogs ever take over the world, and they chose a king, they don't just go by size, because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some good ideas. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

There are many women who have never intrigued, and many men who have never gamed; but those who have done either but once are very extraordinary animals. [ Colton ]

Men are seldom underrated; the mercury in a man finds its true level in the eyes of the world just as certainly as it does in the glass of a thermometer. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Dreams are the children of an idle brain, begot of nothing but vain fantasy; which is as thin of substance as the air, and more inconstant than the wind. [ William Shakespeare ]

The thorns which I have reap'd are of the tree I planted, - they have torn me, and I bleed: I should have known what fruit would spring from such a seed. [ Byron ]

The objects that we have known in better days are the main props that sustain the weight of our affections, and give us strength to await our future lot. [ Wm. Hazlitt ]

Heroes are men who set out to be demi-gods in their own eyes, and who end by being so at certain moments by dint of despising and combating all humanity. [ George Sand ]

Good books are to the young mind what the wanning sun and the refreshing rain of spring are to the seeds which have lain dormant in the frosts of winter. [ H. Mann ]

At the banquet of life, an unfortunate guest, I one day appeared; now, I am dying. Dying! and none there are to shed a tear over the tomb that awaits me! [ Gilbert ]

Men of humor are always in some degree men of genius; wits are rarely so, although a man of genius may, amongst other gifts, possess wit, as Shakespeare. [ Coleridge ]

The poorer life or the rich one are but the larger or smaller (very little smaller) letters in which we write the apophthegms and golden sayings of life. [ Carlyle ]

The early and the latter part of human life are the best, or, at least, the most worthy of respect; the one is the age of innocence, the other of reason. [ Joubert ]

The disease and its medicine are like two factions in a besieged town; they tear one another to pieces, but both unite against their common enemy, nature. [ Jeffrey ]

There comes a time when the souls of human beings, women more even than men, begin to faint for the atmosphere of the affections they are made to breathe. [ Holmes ]

The faults of the superior man are like the eclipses of the sun and moon. He has his faults, and all men see them; he changes, and all men look up to him. [ Confucius ]

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. [ George Eliot ]

No passions are without their use, none without their nobleness, when seen in balanced unity with the rest of the spirit which they are charged to defend. [ John Ruskin ]

What gems of painting or statuary are in the world of art, or what flowers are in the world of nature, are gems of thought to the cultivated and thinking. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

A sentence well couched takes both the sense and the understanding. I love not those cart-rope speeches that are longer than the memory of man can fathom. [ Feltham ]

What is the disposition which makes men rejoice in good bargains? There are few people who will not be benefited by pondering over the morals of shopping. [ Beecher ]

Never build after you are five and forty; have five years' income in hand before you lay a brick; and always calculate the expense at double the estimate. [ Kett ]

Men of humour are always in some degree men of genius; wits are rarely so, although a man of genius may, amongst other gifts, possess wit, as Shakespeare. [ Coleridge ]

That plenty should produce either Covetousness or prodigality is a perversion of providence; and yet the generality of men are the worse for their riches. [ William Penn ]

Rejected lovers need never despair! There are four and twenty hours in a day, and not a moment in the twenty-four in which a woman may not change her mind. [ De Finod ]

Death makes a beautiful appeal to charity. When we look upon the dead form, so composed and still, the kindness and the love that are in us all come forth. [ Chapin ]

Too many instances there are of daring men, who by presuming to sound the deep things of religion, have cavilled and argued themselves out of all religion. [ Thomas à Kempis ]

Irresolution on the schemes of life which offer themselves to our choice, and inconstancy in pursuing them, are the greatest causes of all our unhappiness. [ Addison ]

All these are elements of happiness - love of nature, acquaintance with the wide earth, congenial intercourse with superior minds, and abiding friendships. [ Charles W. Eliot ]

There are women so hard to please that it would seem as if nothing less than an angel would suit them; and hence it comes that they often encounter devils. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

It is most dangerous nowadays for a husband to pay any attention to his wife in public. It always makes people think that he beats her when they are alone. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

Words are often things also, and very precious, especially on the gravest occasions. Without "words," and the truth of things that are in them what were we? [ Leigh Hunt ]

Our favorites are few: since only what rises from the heart reaches it, being caught and carried on the tongues of men wheresoever love and letters journey. [ Alcott ]

What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of the mind, for the moment realizes itself. [ Mrs. Jameson ]

The destiny of women is to please, to be amiable, and to be loved. Those who do not love them are still more in the wrong than those who love them too much. [ Rochebrune ]

You are never going to be driven anywhere worthwhile, but you sure as hell drive yourself to a lot of great places. It is up to you to drive yourself there. [ Bobby Knight ]

Women are so gentle, so affectionate, so true in sorrow, so untired and untiring! but the leaf withers not sooner, and tropic light fades not more abruptly. [ Barry Cornwall ]

Every great mind seeks to labor for eternity. All men are captivated by immediate advantages; great minds alone are excited by the prospect of distant good. [ Schiller ]

No company is far preferable to bad, because we are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health. [ Colton ]

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else; very rarely to those who say to themselves, Go to now, let us be a celebrated individual. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

To give you nothing and to make you expect everything, to dawdle on the threshold of love, while the doors are closed: this is all the science of a coquette. [ De Bernard ]

With stupidity and sound digestion man may front much; but what in these dull, unimaginative days are the terrors of conscience to the diseases of the liver! [ Carlyle ]

I believe one reason why women are generally so much more cheerful than men is because they can work with the needle, and so endlessly vary their employment. [ Sydney Smith ]

Obstinacy and heat in argument are surest proofs of folly. Is there anything so stubborn, obstinate, disdainful, contemplative, grave, or serious, as an ass? [ Montaigne ]

I dislike an eye that twinkles like a star. Those only are beautiful which, like the planets, have a steady, lambent light - are luminous, but not sparkling. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

There are two things which ought to teach us to think but meanly of human glory; the very best have had their calumniators, the very worst their panegyrists. [ Colton ]

Life must be lived on a higher plane. We must go up to a higher platform, to which we are always invited to ascend; there the whole aspect of things changes. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

My notions about life are much the same as they are about travelling; there is a good deal of amusement on the road, but, after all, one wants to be at rest. [ Southey ]

Some things will not bear much zeal; and the more earnest we are about them, the less we recommend ourselves to the approbation of sober and considerate men. [ Tillotson ]

If you go parachuting, and your parachute doesn't open, and you friends are all watching you fall, I think a funny gag would be to pretend you were swimming. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

Ideas go booming through the world louder than cannon. Thoughts are mightier than armies. Principles have achieved more victories than horsemen and chariots. [ William M. Paxton ]

Men of genius are often considered superstitious, but the fact is, the fineness of their nerve renders them more alive to the supernatural than ordinary men. [ B. R. Haydon ]

I never listen to calumnies, because, if they are untrue, I run the risk of being deceived, and if they are true, of hating persons not worth thinking about. [ Montesquieu ]

Pretty conceptions, fine metaphors, glittering expressions, and something of a neat cast of verse are properly the dress, gems, or loose ornaments of poetry. [ Pope ]

The most precious wine is produced upon the sides of volcanoes. Now bold and inspiring ideals are only born of a clear head that stands over a glowing heart. [ Horace Mann ]

Oh, but books are such safe company! They keep your secrets well; they never boast that they made your eyes glisten, or your cheek flush, or your heart throb. [ Mrs. S. P. Parton ]

Men of all ages have the same inclinations, over which reason exercises no control. Thus, wherever men are found, there are follies, ay, and the same follies. [ La Fontaine ]

Ministers who threaten death and destruction employ weapons of weakness. Argument and kindness are alone effectual, flavored by the principles of Divine love. [ Hosea Ballou ]

In those countries where the morals are the most dissolute, the language is the most severe; as if they would replace on the lips what has deserted the heart. [ Voltaire ]

In general, we do well to let an opponent's motives alone. We are seldom just to them. Our own motives on such occasions are often worse than those we assail. [ W. E. Channing ]

There are a sort of friends, who in your poverty do nothing but torment and taunt you with accounts of what you might have been had you followed their advice. [ Zimmerman ]

It is through madness that we hate an enemy, and think of revenging ourselves; and it is through indolence that we are appeased, and do not revenge ourselves. [ Bruyere ]

There is something on earth greater than arbitrary power. The thunder, the lightning, and the earthquake are terrific, but the judgment of the people is more. [ Daniel Webster ]

... they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator. [ President Donald J. Trump, Presidential Inaugeration Speech, Jan 20, 2017 ]

Experience unveils too late the snares laid for youth; it is the white frost which discovers the spider's web when the flies are no longer there to be caught. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset. [ Lytton ]

Riches are gotten with pain, kept with care, and lost with grief. The cares of riches lie heavier upon a good man than the inconveniences of an honest poverty. [ L'Estrange ]

Let's take the instant by the forward top; for we are old, and on our quick'st decrees the inaudible and noiseless foot of Time steals, ere we can effect them. [ William Shakespeare ]

Ethical maxims are bandied about as a sort of current coin of discourse, and, being never melted down for use, those that are of base metal are never detected. [ Bishop Whately ]

A good name is like precious ointment; it filleth all round about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers. [ Bacon ]

The land of marriage has this peculiarity: that strangers are desirous of inhabiting it, while its natural inhabitants would willingly be banished from thence. [ Montaigne ]

There is perhaps no time at which we are disposed to think so highly of a friend, as when we find him standing higher than we expected in the esteem of others. [ Sir W. Scott ]

When we plant a tree, we are doing what we can to make our planet a more wholesome and happier dwelling-place for those who come after us if not for ourselves. [ Holmes ]

The best men are not those who have waited for chances, but who have taken them, besieged the chance, conquered the chance, and made the chance their servitor. [ Chapin ]

There are no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men will not draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men will not turn them to their hurt. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Truth is vanishing from the earth, and of fidelity is the day gone by. The dogs still wag the tail and smell the same as ever, but they are no longer faithful. [ Heine ]

Loud laughter is the mirth of the mob, who are only pleased with silly things; for true wit or good sense never excited a laugh since the creation of the world. [ Chesterfield ]

Persons who are very plausible and excessively polite have generally some design upon you, as also religionists who call you "dear" the first time they see you. [ Spurgeon ]

Newspapers are to the body politic what arteries are to the human body, their function being to carry blood and sustenance and repair to every part of the body. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

Women are only told that they resemble angels when they are young and beautiful; consequently, it is their persons, not their virtues, that procure them homage. [ Phoebe Gary ]

Mathematics is the science which investigates the consequences which are logically deducible from any given or admitted relations between magnitudes or numbers. [ T. Galloway ]

All religions are more or less mixed with superstitions. Man is not reasonable enough to content himself with a pure and sensible religion, worthy of the Deity. [ Voltaire ]

The more powerful the obstacle, the more glory we have in overcoming it; and the difficulties with which we are met are the maids of honor which set off virtue. [ Moliere ]

Among real friends there is no rivalry or jealousy of one another, but they are satisfied and contented alike whether they are equal or one of them is superior. [ Plutarch ]

Books are necessary to correct the vices of the polite; but those vices are ever changing, and the antidote should be changed accordingly - should still be new. [ Goldsmith ]

Look in the face of the person to whom you are speaking, if you wish to know his real sentiments; for he can command his words more easily than his countenance. [ Chesterfield ]

The two weak points of our age are want of principle and want of profile. Style depends largely on the way the chin is worn. They are worn very high at present. [ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest ]

Those who are incapable of shining out by dress would do well to consider that the contrast between them and their clothes turns out much to their disadvantage. [ Shenstone ]

To smell a fresh turf of earth is wholesome for the body; no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul. Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return. [ Fuller ]

The art of nations is to be accumulative, just as science and history are the work of living men not superseding, but building itself upon the work of the past. [ Ruskin ]

Those who are conversant with books well know how often they mislead us when we have not a living monitor at hand to assist us in comparing practice with theory. [ Junius ]

The post is the grand connecting link of all transactions, of all negotiations. Those who are absent, by its means become present; it is the consolation of life. [ Voltaire ]

His reasons are two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff: you shall seek all day ere you find them; and when you have them, they are not worth the search. [ William Shakespeare ]

Great, ever fruitful; profitable for reproof, for encouragement, for building up in manful purposes and works, are the words of those that in their day were men. [ Carlyle ]

Wisdom and understanding are synonymous words; they consist of two propositions, which are not distinct in sense, but one and the same thing variously expressed. [ Tillotson ]

Great libraries of books are subject to certain accidents besides the damp, the worms, and the rats - that of the borrowers, not to say a word of the purloiners! [ Isaac Disraeli ]

No man reads a book of science from pure inclination. The books that we do read with pleasure are light compositions, which contain a quick succession of events. [ Dr. Johnson ]

You know that in everything women write there are always a thousand faults of grammar, but, with your permission, a harmony which is rare in the writings of men. [ Mme. de Maintenon ]

There must be chance in the midst of design; by which we mean that events which are not designed necessarily arise from the pursuit of events which are designed. [ Paley ]

We may hold it slavish to dress according to the judgment of fools and the caprice of coxcombs; but are we not ourselves both when we are singular in our attire? [ Chatfield ]

They who neglect the opportunity of reaping a small advantage in hopes they shall obtain a better, are far from acting on a reasonable and welladvised foundation. [ S. Croxall ]

I want a sofa, as I want a friend, upon which I can repose familiarly; if you can not have intimate terms and freedom with one and the other, they are of no good. [ W. M. Thackeray ]

Events are only the shells of ideas; and often it is the fluent thought of ages that is crystallized in a moment by the stroke of a pen or the point of a bayonet. [ Chapin ]

The blessings of fortune are the lowest: the next are the bodily advantages of strength and health; but the superlative blessings, in fine, are those of the mind. [ L'Estrange ]

We derive from nature no fault that may not become a virtue, no virtue that may not degenerate into a fault. Faults of the latter kind are most difficult to cure. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

The mathematics are friends to religion, inasmuch as they charm the passions, restrain the impetuosity or imagination, and purge the mind from error and prejudice. [ Arbuthnot ]

When flowers are full of heaven-descended dews, they always hang their heads; but men hold theirs the higher the more they receive, getting proud as they get full. [ Beecher ]

The eternity, before the world and after, is without our reach; but that little spot of ground which lies betwixt those two great oceans, this we are to cultivate. [ Burnet ]

It is generally admitted, and very frequently proved, that virtue and genius, and all the natural good qualities which men possess, are derived from their mothers. [ T. Hook ]

Life, whether in this world or any other, is the sum of our attainment, our experience, our character. In what other world shall we be more surely than we are here? [ Chapin ]

There are few husbands whom the wife cannot win in the long run by patience and love, unless they are harder than the rocks which the soft water penetrates in time. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

We are too fond of our own will; we want to be doing what we fancy mighty things: but the great point is to do small things, when called to them, in a right spirit. [ Cecil ]

Wise sayings are the guiding oracles which man has found out for himself in that great business of ours, of learning how to be, to do, to do without, and to depart. [ John Morley ]

The early months of marriage often are times of critical tumult, - whether that of a shrimp pool or of deeper water, - which afterwards subside into cheerful peace. [ George Eliot ]

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. We are bought by the enemy with the treasure in our own coffers. [ Burke ]

We are members of one great body. Nature planted in us a mutual love, and fitted us for a social life. We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole. [ Seneca ]

The two chief things that give a man reputation in counsel, are the opinion of his honesty, and the opinion of his wisdom; the authority of those two will persuade. [ Ben Jonson ]

All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince. [ Plato ]

Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds; they ever fly by twilight; they are to be repressed, or at the least well guarded, for they cloud the mind. [ Bacon ]

Shakespeare says, we are creatures that look before and after; the more surprising that we do not look around a little, and see what is passing under our very eyes. [ Carlyle ]

In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst ; the last is a real tragedy! [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

The times that are past are a book with seven seals. What ye call the spirit of the times is at bottom but the spirit of the gentry in which the times are mirrored. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in Faust ]

Depend upon it, my younger brethren, the bright, self-sacrificing enthusiasms of early manhood are among the most precious things in the whole course of human life. [ H. P. Liddon ]

Books are the legacies that genius leaves to mankind, to be delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those that are yet unborn. [ Addison ]

There is nothing that is so wonderfully created as the human soul. There is something of God in it. We are infinite in the future, though we are infinite in the past [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

Ere yet we yearn for what is out of our reach, we are still in the cradle. When wearied out with our yearnings, desire again falls asleep, - we are on the death-bed. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Nature and art are too grand to go forth in pursuit of aims; nor is it necessary that they should, for there are relations everywhere, and relations constitute life. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

The rich are like beasts of burden, carrying treasure all day, and at the night of death unladen; they carry to their grave only the bruises and marks of their toil. [ St. Augustine ]

He that is good will infallibly become better, and he that is bad will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue, and time are three things that never stand still. [ Caleb C. Colton ]

There are errors which no wise man will treat with rudeness while there is a probability that they may be the refraction of some great truth still below the horizon. [ Coleridge ]

Forms and regularity of proceeding, if they are not justice, partake much of the nature of justice, which, in its highest sense, is the spirit of distributive order. [ Hare ]

No wonder we are all more or less pleased with mediocrity, since it leaves us at rest, and gives the same comfortable feeling as when one associates with his equals. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Love delights in paradoxes. Saddest when it has most reason to be gay, sighs are the signs of its deepest joy, and silence the expression of its yearning tenderness. [ Bovee ]

Literature consists of all the books--and they are not many--where moral truth and human passion are touched with a certain largeness, sanity, and attraction of form. [ John Morley ]

If human love hath power to penetrate the veil - and hath it not? - then there are yet living here a few who have the blessedness of knowing that an angel loves them. [ Hawthorne ]

So long as idleness is quite shut out from our lives, all the sins of wantonness, softness, and effeminacy are prevented; and there is but little room for temptation. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

Mothers are more fond of their children than fathers are; for the bringing them forth is more painful, and they have a more certain knowledge that they are their own. [ Aristotle ]

Many do with opportunities as children do at the seashore; they fill their little hands with sand, and then let the grains fall through, one by one, till all are gone. [ Rev. T. Jones ]

Knowledge partakes of infinity; it widens with our capacities: the higher we mount in it, the vaster and more magnificent are the prospects it stretches out before us. [ J. C. and A. W. Hare ]

The flavor of detached thoughts depends upon the conciseness of their expression: for thoughts are grains of sugar, or of salt, that must be melted in a drop of water. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

There are some races more cultured and advanced and ennobled by education than others; but there are no races nobler than others. All are equally destined for freedom. [ Alexander von Humboldt ]

Men of great parts are often unfortunate in the management of public business, because they are apt to go out of the common road by the quickness of their imagination. [ Swift ]

Of the present state, whatever it be, we feel and are forced to confess the misery; yet when the same state is again at a distance, imagination paints it as desirable. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Every thought and word and deed, of every human being, is followed by its inevitable consequence: for the one we are responsible; with the other we have nothing to do. [ Gail Hamilton ]

So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other. [ Johnson ]

Stillness of person and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding. Vulgar persons can't sit still, or, at least, they must work their limbs or features. [ Holmes ]

Wealth and want equally harden the human heart, as frost and fire are both alien to the human flesh. Famine and gluttony alike drive nature away from the heart of man. [ Theodore Parker ]

That which can be done with perfect convenience and without loss, is not always the thing that most needs to be done, or which we are most imperatively required to do. [ John Ruskin ]

There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise; and therefore those faculties by which the foolish part of men's minds are taken are more potent. [ Bacon ]

By gold all good faith has been banished; by gold our rights are abused: the law itself is influenced by gold, and soon there will be an end of every modest restraint. [ Propertius ]

Those great actions whose luster dazzles us are represented by politicians as the effects of deep design; whereas they are commonly the effects of caprice and passion. [ Rochefoucauld ]

How much more mothers love their children than their husbands; the latter are often selfish and cruel; but children cannot separate their mother's from their affection. [ Mme. Paterson Bonaparte ]

Here, in the country, my books are my sole occupation: books my sure solace, and refuge from frivolous cares. Books the calmers, as well as the instruction of the mind. [ Mrs. Inchbald ]

You shall not shirk the hobbling Times to catch a ride on the sure-footed Eternities. The times (as Carlyle says) are bad; very well, you are there to make them better. [ John Burroughs ]

Though looks and words, by the strong mastery of his practiced will, are overruled, the mounting blood betrays an impulse in its secret spring too deep for his control. [ Southey ]

The lines of poetry, the periods of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be pre-eminently musical. [ Shenstone ]

A face that had a story to tell. How different are faces in this particular! Some of them speak not; they are books in which not a line is written, save perhaps a date. [ Longfellow ]

I am of opinion that there are no proverbial sayings which are not true, because they are all sentences drawn from experience itself, who is the mother of all sciences. [ Cervantes ]

The greatest cosmopolites are generally the neediest beggars, and they who embrace the entire universe with love, for the most part, love nothing but their narrow self. [ Herder ]

Surely life, if it be not long, is tedious, since we are forced to call in the assistance of so many trifles to rid us of our time, of that time which can never return. [ Johnson ]

When I behold the passion for ornamentation, and the corresponding power, I feel as if women had so far shown what they are bad for, rather than what they are good for. [ Julia Ward Howe ]

The liberty of the press is a blessing when we are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves overborne by the multitude of our assailants. [ Johnson ]

The great business of a man is to improve his mind and govern his manners; all other projects and pursuits, whether in our power to compass or not, are only amusements. [ Pliny ]

Nothing can be so quick and sudden as the operations of the mind, especially when hope, or fear, or jealousy, to which the other two are but journeymen, set it to work. [ Fielding ]

There is no man so great as not to have some littleness more predominant than all his greatness. Our virtues are the dupes, and often only the plaything of our follies. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

In human life there is a constant mutability; and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate; life itself decays, and all things are daily changing. [ Plutarch ]

Plain women are always jealous of their husbands, beautiful women never are; they have no time, they are always so occupied in being jealous of other people's husbands. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

The greatest truths are wronged if not linked with beauty; and they win their way most surely and deeply into the soul when arrayed in this their natural and fit attire. [ Channing ]

The passions are the celestial fire that vivifies the moral world. It is to them that the arts and sciences owe their discoveries, and man the elevation of his position. [ Helvetius ]

Great Men are the inspired (speaking and acting) Texts of that Divine Book of Revelations, whereof a Chapter is completed from epoch to epoch, and by some named History. [ Carlyle ]

Truth is always consistent with itself and needs nothing to help it out; it is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware. [ Tillotson ]

It is a fact capable of amiable interpretation that ladies are not the worst disposed towards a new acquaintance of their own sex, because she has points of inferiority. [ George Eliot ]

The ways to enrich are many, and rfiost of thom foul. Parsimony is one of the best, and yet is not innocent; for it withholdeth men from works of liberality and charity. [ Bacon ]

It is a bird-flight of the soul, when the heart declares itself in song. The affections that clothe themselves with wings are passions that have been subdued to virtues. [ Simms ]

This poor world, the object of so much insane attachment, we are about to leave; it is but misery, vanity, and folly; a phantom - the very fashion of which passeth away. [ Fenelon ]

Among all the accomplishments of life none are so important as refinement; it is not, like beauty, a gift of Nature, and can only be acquired by cultivation and practice. [ James Ellis ]

Many are not able to suffer and endure prosperity; it is like the light of the sun to a weak eye, - glorious indeed in itself, but not proportioned to such an instrument. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

Thinkers are as scarce as gold; but he whose thought embraces all his subject, who pursues it uninterruptedly and fearless of consequences, is a diamond of enormous size. [ Lavater ]

Books, to judicious compilers, are useful, - to particular arts and professions absolutely necessary, - to men of real science they are tools; but more are tools to them. [ Johnson ]

Persons are oftentimes misled in regard to their choice of dress by attending to the beauty of colors, rather than selecting such colors as may increase their own beauty. [ Shenstone ]

Our brains are seventy-year clocks. The Angel of Life winds them up once for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hands of the Angel of the Resurrection. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

We are one nation, and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. [ President Donald J. Trump, Presidential Inaugeration Speech, Jan 20, 2017 ]

The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end. [ Colton ]

There is a patience that cackles. There are a great many virtues that are hen-like. They are virtues to be sure; but everybody in the neighborhood has to know about them. [ Beecher ]

The truly great are to be found everywhere; nor is it easy to say in what condition they spring up most plentifully. Real greatness has nothing to do with a man's sphere. [ William Ellery Channing ]

Perfect taste is the faculty of receiving the greatest possible pleasure from those material sources which are attractive to our moral nature in its purity and perfection. [ Ruskin ]

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I cannot reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. [ Louisa May Alcott ]

Eternity is the divine treasure-house and hope is the window, by means of which mortals are permitted to see, as through a glass darkly, the things which God is preparing. [ Mountford ]

The fortitude of a Christian consists in patience, not in enterprises which the poets call heroic, and which are commonly the effects of interest, pride and worldly honor. [ Dryden ]

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Half the logic of misgovernment lies in this one sophistical dilemma: if the people are turbulent, they are unfit for liberty; if they are quiet, they do not want liberty. [ Macaulay ]

Few of us appreciate the number of our everyday blessings; we think they are trifles, and yet trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle, as Michael Angelo said. [ Sir John Lubbock ]

The way to acquire lasting esteem is not by the fewness of a writer's faults, but the greatness of his beauties, and our noblest works are generally most replete with both. [ Goldsmith ]

If you hate your enemies, you will contract such a vicious habit of mind, as by degrees will break out upon those who are your friends, or those who are indifferent to you. [ Plutarch ]

God never pardons: the laws of His universe are irrevocable. God always pardons: sense of condemnation is but another word for penitence, and penitence is already new life. [ William Smith ]

No man is born into this world whose work is not born with him; there is always work, and tools to work withal, for those who will; and blessed are the horny hands of toil. [ Lowell ]

Every man should study conciseness in speaking; it is a sign of ignorance not to know that long speeches, though they may please the speaker, are the torture of the hearer. [ Feltham ]

Let me have men about me that are fat; sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights; yonder Cassius has a lean and hungry look; he thinks too much; such men are dangerous. [ William Shakespeare ]

There is no detraction worse than to overpraise a man, for if his worth proves short of what report doth speak of him, his own actions are ever giving the lie to his honor. [ Feltham ]

That, of course, they are many in number, or that, after all, they are, other than the little, shriveled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome, insects of the hour. [ Burke ]

Generations are as the days of toilsome mankind; death and birth are the vesper and the matin bells that summon mankind to sleep, and to rise refreshed for new advancement. [ Carlyle ]

Glory is sometimes a low courtesan who on the road entices many who did not think of her. They are astonished to obtain favors without having done anything to deserve them. [ Prince de Ligne ]

Little eyes must be good-tempered or they are ruined. They have no other resource. But this will beautify them enough. They are made for laughing, and should do their duty. [ Leigh Hunt ]

The effusions of genius are entitled to admiration rather than applause, as they are chiefly the effect of natural endowment, and sometimes appear to be almost involuntary. [ W. B. Clulow ]

Those who make antitheses by forcing the sense are like men who make false windows for the sake of symmetry. Their rule is not to speak justly, but to make accurate figures. [ Pascal ]

A good reader is nearly as rare as a good writer. People bring their prejudices, whether friendly or adverse. They are lamp and spectacles, lighting and magnifying the page. [ Willmott ]

Madness is consistent, which is more than can be said for poor reason. Our passions and principles are steady in frenzy, but begin to shift and waver as we return to reason. [ Sterne ]

There are few who, either by extraordinary endowment or favour of fortune, have enjoyed the opportunity of deciding what mode of life in especial they would wish to embrace. [ Cicero ]

Great causes are never tried on their merits; but the cause is reduced to particulars to suit the size of the partisans, and the contention is ever hottest on minor matters. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Those who are too idle to read, save for the purpose of amusement, may in these works acquire some acquaintance with history, which, however inaccurate, is better than none. [ Sir Walter Scott ]

Talents give a man a superiority far more agreeable than that which proceeds from riches, birth, or employments, which are all external. Talents constitute our very essence. [ Rollin ]

Guns, swords, batteries, armies and ships of war are set in motion by man for the subjugation of an enemy. Women bring conquerors to their feet with the magic of their eyes. [ Dr. J. V. C. Smith ]

We ought to be thankful to nature for having made those things which are necessary easy to be discovered; while other things that are difficult to be known are not necessary. [ Epicurus ]

Flowers are the terrestrial stars that bring down heaven to earth, and carry up our thoughts from earth to heaven; the poetry of the Creator, written in beauty and fragrance. [ Chatfield ]

There are few things more singular than the blindness which, in matters of the highest importance to ourselves, often hides the truth that is plain as noon to all other eyes. [ Rev. Dr. Croly ]

Ponder the lives of the glorious in art; or literature through all ages. What are they but records of toils and sacrifices, supported by the earnest hearts of their votaries? [ Henry T. Tuckerman ]

A maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Sound maxims are the germs of good; strongly imprinted in the memory, they nourish the will. [ Joubert ]

Is not marriage an open question when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in? [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The ugliest of trades have their moments of pleasure. Now, if I were a grave-digger, or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. [ Napoleon I ]

Genius, without religion, is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace. It may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without while the inhabitant sits in. darkness. [ Hannah More ]

The instructions received at the mother's knee and the maternal lessons, together with the pious and sweet souvenirs of the fireside, are never effaced entirely from the soul. [ Lamennais ]

If I ever do a book on the Amazon, I hope I am able to bring a certain lightheartedness to the subject, in a way that tell the reader we are going to have fun with this thing. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

People who are jealous, or particularly careful of their own rights and dignity, always find enough of those who do not care for either to keep them continually uncomfortable. [ Barnes ]

I hold a doctrine, to which I owe not much, indeed, but all the little I ever had, namely, that with ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. [ Sir T. F. Buxton ]

A young woman should regard that propriety of attire which insures the strictest neatness, and modestly conform to those unobjectionable points which are the freaks of custom. [ C. Butler ]

It is no disgrace not to be able to do everything; but to undertake, or pretend to do what you are not made for, is not only shameful, but extremely troublesome and vexatious. [ Plutarch ]

In human life there is a constant change of fortune; and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate. Life itself decays, and all things are daily changing. [ Plutarch ]

As the films of clay are removed from our eyes, Death loses the false aspect of the spectre, and we fall at last into its arms as a wearied child upon the bosom of its mother. [ Bulwer ]

Men of genius are rarely much annoyed by the company of vulgar people, because they have a power of looking at such persons as objects of amusement of another race altogether. [ Coleridge ]

If fathers are sometimes sulky at the appearance of the destined son-in-law, is it not a fact that mothers become sentimental and, as it were, love their own loves over again. [ Thackeray ]

It is singular how impatient men are with overpraise of others, how patient of overpraise of themselves; and yet the one does them no injury, while the other may be their ruin. [ Lowell ]

There are more people abusive to others than lie open to abuse themselves; but the humor goes round, and he that laughs at me today will have somebody to laugh at him tomorrow. [ Seneca ]

Urge them while their souls are capable of this ambition, lest zeal, now melted by the windy breath of soft petitions, pity and remorse, cool and congeal again to what it was. [ William Shakespeare ]

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them. [ George Eliot ]

Simple nature, however defective, is better than the least objectionable affectation; and, defects for defects, those which are natural are more bearable than affected virtues. [ Saint-Evremond ]

There are treasures laid up in the heart - treasures of charity, piety, temperance, and soberness. These treasures a man takes with him beyond death, when he leaves this world. [ Buddhist Scriptures ]

We do everything by custom, even believe by it; our very axioms, let us boast of our Freethinking as we may, are oftenest simply such beliefs as we have never heard questioned. [ Carlyle ]

Women always show more taste in adorning others than themselves; and the reason is that their persons are like their hearts - they read another's better that they can their own. [ Richter ]

It is not written, blessed is he that feedeth the poor, but he that considereth the poor. A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money. [ Ruskin ]

Extremes are dangerous: a middle estate is safest; as a middle temper of the sea, between a still calm and a violent tempest, is most helpful to convey the mariner to his haven. [ Swinnock ]

Words are but poor interpreters in the realms of emotion. When all words end, music begins; when they suggest, it realises; and hence the secret of its strange, ineffable power. [ H. R. Haweis ]

I cannot see why women are so desirous of imitating men. I could understand the wish to be a boa constrictor, a lion, or an elephant; but a man! that surpasses my comprehension. [ T. Gautier ]

Superstition is passing away without return. Religion cannot pass away. The burning of a little straw may hide the stars in the sky; but the stars are there, and will re-appear. [ Carlyle ]

Her hand, in whose comparison all whites are ink writing their own reproach, to whose soft seizure the cygnet's down is harsh, and spirit of sense hard as the palm of ploughman! [ William Shakespeare ]

The greatest luxury of riches is that they enable you to escape so much good advice. The rich are always advising the poor; but the poor seldom venture to return the compliment. [ Sir Arthur Helps ]

As you see in a pair of bellows, there is a forced breath without life, so in those that are puffed up with the wind of ostentation, there may be charitable words without works. [ Bishop Hall ]

Genius is supposed to be a power of producing excellences which are out of the reach of the rules of art: a power which no precepts can teach, and which no industry can acquire. [ Sir J. Reynolds ]

For as much as to understand and to be mighty are great qualities, the higher that they be, they are so much the less to be esteemed if goodness also abound not in the possessor. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

Whatever our place allotted to us by Providence, that, for us, is the post of honor and duty. God estimates us, not by the position we are in, but by the way in which we fill it. [ Thomas Edwards ]

Rest and undisturbed content have now no place on earth, nor can the greatest affluence of worldly good procure them, ... they are peculiar to the love and fruition of God alone. [ Thomas à Kempis ]

Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience. [ Bacon ]

Enjoy the blessings of this day if God sends them; and the evils bear patiently and sweetly. For this day only is ours; we are dead to yesterday, and we are not born to tomorrow. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

Words of praise, indeed, are almost as necessary to warm a child into a genial life as acts of kindness and affection. Judicious praise is to children what the sun is to flowers. [ Bovee ]

I am one who finds within me a nobility that spurns! the idle pratings of the great, and their mean boasts of what their fathers were, while they themselves are fools effeminate. [ Percival ]

Books are the true metempsychosis, - they are the symbol and presage of immortality. The dead men are scattered, and none shall find them. Behold they are here! they do but sleep. [ Beecher ]

Man, it is not thy works, which are mortal, infinitely little, and the greatest no greater than the least, but only the spirit thou workest in, that can have worth or continuance. [ Carlyle ]

We are in hot haste to set the world right and to order all affairs; the Lord hath the leisure of conscious power and unerring wisdom, and it will be well for us to learn to wait. [ Spurgeon ]

Even sleep is characteristic. How beautiful are children in their lovely innocence! how angel-like their blooming features! and how painful and anxious is the sleep of the guilty! [ Wilhelm von Humboldt ]

Those who quit their proper character to assume what does not belong to them are, for the greater part, ignorant of both the character they leave and of the character they assume. [ Burke ]

Men of great learning or genius are too full to be exact, and therefore choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them. [ Spectator ]

Everything made by man may be destroyed by man; there are no ineffaceable characters except those engraved by nature; and nature makes neither princes nor rich men nor great lords. [ Rousseau ]

Wise men are wise but not prudent, in that they know nothing of what is for their own advantage, but know surpassing things, marvellous things, difficult things, and divine things. [ John Ruskin ]

Some old men, by continually praising the time of their youth, would almost persuade us that there were no fools in those days; but unluckily they are left themselves for examples. [ Pope ]

Men, as well as women, are oftener led by their hearts than their understandings. The way to the heart is through the senses; please their eyes and ears, and the work is half done. [ Chesterfield ]

This century boasts of progress! Have they invented a new mortal sin? Unfortunately there are but seven, as before - the number of the daily falls of a saint, which is very little. [ T. Gautier ]

Pain and love are the portion of the man who does not like a coward shirk the world's destiny; if he plucks the arrow from his breast, he becomes as one dead for the world and God. [ N. Lenau ]

The churchyard is the market-place where all things are rated at their true value, and those who are approaching it talk of the world and its vanities with a wisdom unknown before. [ Baxter ]

All the good things of this world are no further good to us than as they are of use; and whatever we may heap up to give to others, we enjoy only as much as we can use, and no more. [ De Foe ]

A good ear for music, and a good taste for music, are two very different things winch are often confounded; and so is comprehending and enjoying every object of sense and sentiment. [ Lord Greville ]

To the understanding of anything, two conditions are equally required - intelligibility in the thing itself being no whit more indispensable than intelligence in the examiner of it. [ Carlyle ]

Good sense and good-nature are never separated, though the ignorant world has thought otherwise. Good-nature, by which I mean beneficence and candor, is the product of right reason. [ Dryden ]

Amiable people, while they are more liable to imposition in casual contact with the world, yet radiate so much of mental sunshine that they are reflected in all appreciative hearts. [ Madame Deluzy ]

The effusions of genius, or rather the manifestations of what is called talent, are often the effects of distempered nerves and complexional spleen, as pearls are morbid secretions. [ Robert Walsh ]

Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman - repose in energy. The Greek battle pieces are calm; the heroes, in whatever violent actions engaged, retain a serene aspect. [ Emerson ]

This is the highest miracle of genius, that things which are not should be as though they were, that the imaginations of one mind should become the personal recollections of another. [ Macaulay ]

Death, the only immortal who treats us all alike, whose pity and whose peace and whose refuge are for all - the soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved. [ Mark Twain's last words, written on a note by his death bed ]

The soul is a temple; and God is silently building it by night and by day. Precious thoughts are building it; disinterested love is building it; all-penetrating faith is building it. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

We prefer a person with vivacity and high spirits, though bordering upon insolence, to the timid and pusillanimous; we are fonder of wit joined to malice than of dullness without it. [ Hazlitt ]

A large bare forehead gives a woman a masculine and defying look. The word effrontery comes from it. The hair should be brought over such a forehead as vines are trailed over a wall. [ Leigh Hunt ]

If the minds of men were laid open, we should see but little difference between them and that of the fool; there are infinite reveries and numberless extravagancies pass through both. [ Addison ]

There is strength deep bedded in our hearts, of which we reck but little till the shafts of heaven have pierced its fragile dwelling. Must not earth be rent before her gems are found? [ Mrs. Hemans ]

The unknown! It is the field in which are sown our dreams, where we see them germinate, grow, and bloom. Who would live without the benefit of the incertitude granted to our miseries. [ E. Souvestre ]

There are two metals, one of which is omnipotent in the cabinet, and the other in the camp - gold and iron. He that knows how to apply them both may indeed attain the highest station. [ Colton ]

Gold is Caesar's treasure, man is God's; thy gold hath Caesar's image, and thou hast God's; give, therefore, those things unto Caesar which are Caesar's, and unto God which are God's. [ Quarles ]

Your estate, your home, and your pleasing wife must be left, and of these trees which you are rearing, not one shall follow you, their short-lived owner, except the hateful cypresses. [ Horace ]

Freedom may come quickly in robes of peace, or after ages of conflict and war; but come it will, and abide it will, so long as the principles by which it was acquired are held sacred. [ Edward Everett ]

A maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and unquestionable truth. Good maxims are the germs of all excellence. When firmly fixed on the memory, they nourish the will. [ Joseph Joubert ]

Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. If they are wholly restrained love will die at the roots. [ Hawthorne ]

Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous, commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the successful writers of prose, those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions. [ Gladstone ]

Griefs are like the beings that endure them - the little ones are the most clamorous and noisy; those of older growth and greater magnitude are generally tranquil, and sometimes silent. [ Chatfield ]

Nothing makes so much impression on the heart of man as the voice of friendship when it is really known to be such; for we are aware that it never speaks to us except for our advantage. [ Rousseau ]

There are very few moments in a man's existence when he experiences so much ludicrous distress, or meets with so little charitable commiseration, as when he is in pursuit of his own hat. [ Dickens ]

When we see our enemies and friends gliding away before us, let us not forget that we are subject to the general law of mortality, and shall soon be where our doom will be fixed forever. [ Johnson ]

That souls which are created for one another so seldom find each other and are generally divided, that in the moments of happiest union least recognise each other - that is a sad riddle! [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Garments that have once one rent in them are subject to be torn on every nail, and glasses that are once cracked are soon broken; such is man's good name once tainted with just reproach. [ Bishop Hall ]

The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. [ Bible ]

Women always want one to be good. And if we are good when they meet us, they don't love us at all. They like to find us quite irretrievably bad and to leave us quite unattractively good. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

We are not to be astonished that the wise walk more slowly in their road to virtue than fools in their passage to vice; since passion drags us along, while wisdom only points out the way. [ Confucius ]

Calumny is like the wasp which worries you, and which it is not best to try to get rid of unless you are sure of slaying it; for otherwise it returns to the charge more furious than ever. [ Chamfort ]

The great blessings of mankind are within us, and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and, like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it. [ Seneca ]

He was given to flights of oratory that way - a very dangerous thing, for often the wings which take one into clouds of oratorical enthusiasm are wax and melt up there, and down you come. [ Mark Twain, Educations and Citizenship ]

Diligence and perseverance are the composites of the philosopher's stone, and instances are not wanting wherein their application has transformed the poorest material into the purest gold. [ W. T. Burke ]

Life may as properly be called an art as any other, and the great incidents in it are no more to be considered as mere accidents than the severest members of a fine statue or a noble poem. [ Fielding ]

Dreams, indeed, are ambition; for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. And I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality, that it is but a shadow's shadow. [ William Shakespeare ]

Rarity gives a charm: thus early fruits are most esteemed; thus winter roses obtain a higher price; thus coyness sets off an extravagant mistress; a door ever open attracts no young suitor. [ Martial ]

The human intellect is the great truth-organ; realities, as they exist, are the subjects of its study; and knowledge is the result of its acquaintance with the things which it investigates. [ Moses Harvey ]

God has sometimes converted wickedness into madness; and it is to the credit of human reason that men who are not in some degree mad are never capable of being in the highest degree wicked. [ Burke ]

Nothing can supply the place of books. They are cheering or soothing companions in solitude, illness, affliction. The wealth of both continents would not compensate for the good they impart. [ Channing ]

Superior powers of mind and profound study are of no use if they do not sometimes lead a person to different conclusions from those which are formed by ordinary powers of mind without study. [ J. S. Mill ]

Sensual pleasures are like soap bubbles, sparkling, evanescent. The pleasures of intellect are calm, beautiful, sublime, ever enduring and climbing upward to the borders of the unseen world. [ Aughey ]

A book is a friend whose face is constantly changing. If you read it when you are recovering from an illness, and return to it years after, it is changed surely, with the change in yourself. [ Andrew Lang ]

Leisure and solitude are the best effect of riches, because mother of thought. Both are avoided by most rich men, who seek company and business, which are signs of being weary of themselves. [ Sir W. Temple ]

Nobody can live by teaching any more than by learning; both teaching and learning are proper duties of human life, or pleasures of it, but have nothing whatever to do with the support of it. [ John Ruskin ]

It is expedient to have an acquaintance with those who have looked into the world; who know men, understand business, and can give you good intelligence and good advice when they are wanted. [ Bishop Horne ]

At death our friends and relatives either draw nearer to us and are found out, or depart farther from us and are forgotten. Friends are as often brought nearer together as separated by death. [ Henry D. Thoreau ]

Neutrality is no favorite with Providence, for we are so formed that it is scarcely possible for us to stand neuter in our hearts, although we may deem it prudent to appear so in our actions. [ Colton ]

After the sleep of death we are to gather up our forces again with the incalculable results of this life, a crown of shame or glory upon our heads, and begin again on a new level of progress. [ Hugh R. Haweis ]

Who confers reputation? who gives respect and veneration to persons, to books, to great men? Who but Opinion? How utterly insufficient are all the riches of the world without her approbation! [ Pascal ]

Can we wonder that men perish and are forgotten, when their noblest and most enduring works decay? Death comes even to monumental structures, and oblivion rests on the most illustrious names. [ Ausonius ]

Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth; for a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love. [ Bacon ]

Fiction is of the essence of poetry as well as of painting; there is a resemblance in one of human bodies, things, and actions which are not real, and in the other of a true story by fiction. [ Dryden ]

We must not inquire too curiously into motives. They are apt to become feeble in the utterance; the aroma is mixed with the grosser air. We must keep the germinating grain away from the light. [ George Eliot ]

Receive with a thankful hand every hour that God may have granted you, and defer not the comforts of life to another year; that in whatever place you are, you may say you have lived agreeably. [ Horace ]

The joys of heaven are without example, above experience, and beyond imagination - for which the whole creation wants a comparison; we, an apprehension; and even the Word of God, a revelation. [ Bishop Norris ]

He is the rich man in whom the people are rich, and he is the poor man in whom the people are poor; and how to give access to the masterpieces of art and nature is the problem of civilisation. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Men with gray eyes are generally keen, energetic, and at first cold; but you may depend upon their sympathy with real sorrow. Search the ranks of our benevolent men and you will agree with me. [ Dr. Leask ]

If we use no ceremony towards others, we shall be treated without any. People are soon tired of paying trifling attentions to those who receive them with coldness, and return them with neglect. [ Hazlitt ]

Death is a mighty mediator. There all the flames of rage are extinguished, hatred is appeased, and angelic pity, like a weeping sister, bends with gentle and close embrace over the funeral urn. [ Schiller ]

Calumniators are those who have neither good hearts nor good understandings. We ought not to think ill of any one till we have palpable proof; and even then we should not expose them to others. [ Colton ]

Was genius ever ungrateful? Mere talents are dry leaves, tossed up and down by gusts of passion, and scattered and swept away; but Genius lies on the bosom of Memory, and Gratitude at her feet. [ Landor ]

Words are freeborn, and not the vassals of the gruff tyrants of prose to do their bidding only. They have the same right to dance and sing as the dewdrops have to sparkle and the stars to shine. [ Abraham Coles ]

Flowers of rhetoric, in sermons or serious discourses, are like the red and blue flowers in corn; pleasing to those who come only for amusement, but prejudicial to him who would reap the profit. [ Swift ]

Genius is nothing more than our common faculties refined to a greater intensity. There are no astonishing ways of doing astonishing things. All astonishing things are done by ordinary materials. [ B. R. Haydon ]

The temple of art is built of words. Painting and sculpture and music are but the blazon of its windows, borrowing all their significance from the light, and suggestive only of the temple's use. [ J. G. Holland ]

It would be well for us all, old and young, to remember that our words and actions, ay, and our thoughts also, are set upon never-stopping wheels, rolling on and on unto the pathway of eternity. [ M. M. Brewster ]

Proverbs are somewhat analogous to those medical formulas which, being in frequent use, are kept ready made up in the chemists' shops, and which often save the framing of a distinct prescription. [ Whately ]

As diamond cuts diamond, and one hone smooths a second, all the parts of intellect are whetstones to each other; and genius, which is but the result of their mutual sharpening, is character, too. [ C. A. Bartol ]

There are no unions that have not their dark days; but, when we have loved each other, we remember it always, and those sweet remembrances, that the heart accumulates, survive love like twilight.

There is a silence, the child of love, which expresses everything, and proclaims more loudly than the tongue is able to do; there are movements that are involuntary proofs of what the soul feels. [ Alfieri ]

Reflection makes men cowards. There is no object that can be put in competition with life, unless it is viewed through the medium of passion, and we are hurried away by the impulse of the moment. [ Hazlitt ]

Some men's censures are like the blasts of rams horns before the walls of Jericho; all a man's fame they lay level at one stroke, when all they go upon is only conceit, without any certain basis. [ J. Beaumont ]

The idle man stands outside of God's plan, outside of the ordained scheme of things; and the truest self-respect, the noblest independence, and the most genuine dignity, are not to be found there. [ J. G. Holland ]

A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy: the smile that accepts the lover before the words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first-born baby, and assures it of a mother's love. [ Haliburton ]

There are greater depths and obscurities, greater intricacies and perplexities, in an elaborate and well-written piece of nonsense, than in the most abstruse and profound tract of school divinity. [ Addison ]

There are two considerations which always imbitter the heart of an avaricious man - the one is a perpetual thirst after more riches, the other the prospect of leaving what he has already acquired. [ Fielding ]

Who has not seen how women bully women? What tortures have men to endure compared to those daily repeated shafts of scorn and cruelty with which poor women are riddled by the tyrants of their sex? [ Thackeray ]

We are always more disposed to laugh at nonsense than at genuine wit; because the nonsense is more agreeable to us, being more conformable to our own natures: fools love folly, and wise men wisdom. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

Government is a necessary evil, like other go-carts and crutches. Our need of it shows exactly how far we are still children. All governing over-much kills the self-help and energy of the governed. [ Wendell Phillips ]

To acknowledge our faults when we are blamed is modesty; to discover them to one's friends in ingenuousness, is confidence: but to preach them to all the world, if one does not take care, is pride. [ Confucius ]

Flowers are the bright remembrances of youth; they waft us back, with their bland, odorous breath, the joyous hours that only young life knows, ere we have learnt that this fair earth hides graves. [ Countess of Blessington ]

In the poorest cottage are Books: is one Book, wherein for several thousands of years the spirit of man has found light, and nourishment, and an interpreting response to whatever is Deepest in him. [ Carlyle ]

Misfortunes are, in morals, what bitters are in medicine: each is at first disagreeable; but as the bitters act as corroborants to the stomach, so adversity chastens and ameliorates the disposition. [ From the French ]

Simple creatures, whose thoughts are not taken up, like those of educated people, with the care of a great museum of dead phrases, are very quick to see the live facts which are going on about them. [ Holmes ]

There is nothing of which men are more liberal than their good advice, be their stock of it ever so small; because it seems to carry in it an intimation of their own influence, importance, or worth. [ Young ]

Mankind are creatures of books, as well as of other circumstances; and such they eternally remain, - proofs, that the race is a noble and believing race, and capable of whatever books can stimulate. [ Leigh Hunt ]

All the arts, which have a tendency to raise man in the scale of being, have a certain common band of union. and are connected, if I may be allowed to say so, by blood-relationship with one another. [ Cicero ]

It is with nations as with individuals, those who know the least of others think the highest of themselves; for the whole family of pride and ignorance are incestuous, and mutually beget each other. [ Colton ]

Men are what their mothers made them; you may as well ask a loom which weaves huckaback, wiry it does not make cashmere, as expect poetry from this engineer, or a chemical discovery from that jobber. [ R. W. Emerson ]

It is difficult for the mind to span the career of nobody; the sphere of action opened to this wonderful person so enlarges every day that the limited faculties of anybody are too weak to compass it. [ Dickens ]

There is so little to redeem the dry mass of follies and errors from which the materials of this life are composed that anything to love or to reverence becomes, as it were, the Sabbath for the mind. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

No amount of preaching, exhortation, sympathy, benevolence, will render the condition of our working women what it should be. so long as the kitchen and needle are substantially their only resources. [ Horace Greeley ]

It is hard to mesmerize ourselves, to whip our own top; but through sympathy we are capable of energy and endurance. Concert fires people to a certain fury of performance they can rarely reach alone. [ Emerson ]

All courageous animals are carnivorous, and greater courage is to be expected in a people, such as the English, whose food is strong and hearty, than in the half starved commonalty of other countries. [ Sir W. Temple ]

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public... [ President Donald J. Trump, Presidential Inaugeration Speech, Jan 20, 2017 ]

It is with jealousy as with the gout. When such distempers are in the blood, there is never any security against their breaking out, and that often on the slightest occasions, and when least suspected. [ Fielding ]

We feel neither extreme heat nor extreme cold; qualities that are in excess are so much at variance with our feelings that they are impalpable: we do not feel them, though we suffer from their effects. [ Pascal ]

There is a species of ferocity in rejecting indiscriminately all kinds of praises; we should be accessible to those which are given to us by good people, who praise in us sincerely praiseworthy things. [ Bruyere ]

Liquid, flowing words are the choicest and the best, if language is regarded as music. But when it is considered as a picture, then there are rough words which are very telling, - they make their mark. [ Joubert ]

Feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and farewell; like the glaciers, which are transparent and rose-hued only at sunrise and sunset, but throughout the day grey and cold. [ Jean Paul ]

There is nothing so elastic as the human mind. Like imprisoned steam, the more it is pressed the more it rises to resist the pressure. The more we are obliged to do, the more we are able to accomplish. [ T. Edwards ]

The censure of frequent and long parentheses has led writers into the preposterous expedient of leaving out the marks by which they are indicated. It is no cure to a lame man to take away his crutches. [ Whately ]

Men and communities in this world are often in the position of Arctic explorers, who are making great speed in a given direction, while the ice-floe beneath them is making greater speed in the opposite. [ John Burroughs ]

The object of science is knowledge; the objects of art are works. In art, truth is the means to an end; in science, it is the only end. Hence the practical arts are not to be classed among the sciences. [ Whewell ]

The day of life spent in honest and benevolent labor comes in hope to an evening calm and lovely; and though the sun declines, the shadows that he leaves behind are only to curtain the spirit unto rest. [ Henry Giles ]

Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindnesses and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart, and secure comfort. [ Sir Humphry Davy ]

The joys of heaven are not the joys of passive contemplation, of dreamy remembrance, of perfect repose; but they are described thus: They rest not day nor night. His servants serve Him, and see His face. [ Alexander Maclaren ]

Valor and power may gain a lasting memory, but where are they when the brave and mighty are departed? Their effects may remain, but they live not in them any more than the fire in the work of the potter. [ Hartley Coleridge ]

The prayers of a mother do not die when she dies, and the real heart and its sinless sympathies are never buried in the tomb; her love is purer and warmer now, for it comes from the sainted spirit shore. [ A. W. Mangum ]

When you leave the unimpaired hereditary freehold to your children, you do but half your duty. Both liberty and property are precarious, unless the possessors have sense and spirit enough to defend them. [ Junius ]

It is observed at sea that men are never so much disposed to grumble and mutiny as when least employed. Hence an old captain, when there was nothing else to do, would issue the order to scour the anchor. [ Samuel Smiles ]

The same conditions should be made in marriage that are made in the case of houses that one rents for a term of three, six, or nine years, with the privilege of becoming the purchaser if the house suits. [ Hegesippe Moreau ]

The truly great and good in affliction bear a countenance more princely than they are wont, for it is the temper of the highest hearts, like the palm tree, to strive most upwards when it is most burdened. [ S. P. Sidney ]

What a desolate place would be a world without a flower! It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome. Are not flowers the stars of the earth, and are not our stars the flowers of heaven? [ Mrs. Balfour ]

We are more jealous of frivolous accomplishments with brilliant success, than of the most estimable qualities without. Dr. Johnson envied Garrick, whom he despised, and ridiculed Goldsmith, whom he loved. [ Hazlitt ]

The shadows of the mind are like those of the body. In the morning of life they all lie behind us; at noon we trample them under foot; and in the evening they stretch long, broad, and deepening before us. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

Nothing is so difficult as the apparent ease of a clear and flowing style; those graces which, from their presumed facility, encourage all to attempt an imitation of them, are usually the most inimitable. [ Colton ]

Men are tatooed with their special beliefs like so many South Sea islanders; but a real human heart, with divine love in it, beats with the same glow under all the patterns of all earth's thousand tribes. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

Man is of the earth, but his thoughts are with the stars. A pigmy standing on the outward crest of this small planet, his far-reaching spirit stretches outward to the infinite, and there alone finds rest. [ Carlyle ]

The sluices of the grog-shop are fed from the wine-glasses in the parlor, and there is a lineal descent from the gentleman who hiccoughs at his elegant dinner-table to the sot who makes a bed of the gutter. [ E. H. Chapin, D.D ]

The celebrated Boerhaave, who had many enemies, used to say that he never thought it necessary to repeat their calumnies. They are sparks, said he, which, if you do not blow them, will go out of themselves. [ Disraeli ]

Affability, mildness, tenderness, and a word which I would fain bring back to its original signification of virtue, - I mean good-nature, - are of daily use: they are the bread of mankind and staff of life. [ Dryden ]

If we can sleep without dreaming, it is well that painful dreams are avoided. If, while we sleep, we can have any pleasing dreams, it is as the French say, tant gagne, so much added to the pleasure of life. [ Franklin ]

The great moments of life are but moments like others. Your doom is spoken in a word or two. A single look from the eyes, a mere pressure of the hand, may decide it; or of the lips, though they cannot speak. [ Thackeray ]

He hath never fed of the dainties that are bred in a book; he hath not eat paper, as it were; he hath not drunk ink; his intellect is not replenished; he is only an animal, only sensible in the duller parts. [ William Shakespeare ]

It is quite as easy to give our children musical and pleasing names as those that are harsh and difficult; and it will be found by the owners, when they have grown to knowledge, that there is much in a name. [ Locke ]

Simplicity and purity are the two wings by which man is lifted up above all earthly things. Simplicity is in the intention; purity in the affection. Simplicity tends to God, purity apprehends and tastes him. [ Thomas a Kempis ]

Rich as we are in biography, a well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one; and there are certainly many more men whose history deserves to be recorded than persons willing and able to record it. [ Carlyle ]

It is well known that a loose and easy dress contributes much to give to both sexes those fine proportions of body that are observable in the Grecian statues, and which serve as models to our present artists. [ Rousseau ]

The nightingale, if she should sing by day, when every goose is cackling, would be thought no better a musician than the wren. How many things by season seasoned are to their right praise and true perfection! [ Shakespeare ]

The centuries are all lineal children of one another; and often, in the portrait of early grandfathers, this and the other enigmatic feature of the newest grandson will disclose itself, to mutual elucidation. [ Carlyle ]

The two most precious things on this side the grave are our reputation and our life. But it is to be lamented that the most contemptible whisper may deprive us of the one, and the weakest weapon of the other. [ Colton ]

He that can enjoy the intimacy of the great, and on no occasion disgust them by familiarity, or disgrace himself by servility, proves that he is as perfect a gentleman by nature as his companions are by rank. [ Colton ]

How many of these minds are there to whom scarcely any good can be done! They have no excitability. You are attempting to kindle a fire of stone. You must leave them as you find them, in permanent mediocrity. [ John Foster ]

If we are involved in something where we want to win, and particularly something that is necessary, if there's something out there that we need to win, we are going to try and beat your ass every time we can. [ Bobby Knight, April 27, 2016, Fox News Town Hall ]

Delusive ideas are the motives of the greatest part of mankind, and a heated imagination the power by which their actions are incited. The world in the eye of a philosopher may be said to be a large madhouse. [ Mackenzie ]

Great people and champions are special gifts of God, whom He gives and preserves; they do their work and achieve great actions, not with vain imaginations or cold and sleepy cogitations, but by motion of God. [ Luther ]

Compliments of congratulation are always kindly taken, and cost one nothing but pen, ink, and paper. I consider them as draughts upon good breeding, where the exchange is always greatly in favor of the drawer. [ Chesterfield ]

No possession can surpass, or even equal, a good library to the lover of books. Here are treasured up for his daily use and delectation, riches which increase by being consumed, and pleasures which never cloy. [ John Alfred Langford ]

There are two modes of establishing our reputation - to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will be invariably accompanied by the latter. [ Colton ]

Millions of people are provided with their thoughts as with their clothes; authors, printers, booksellers, and newsmen stand, in relation to their minds, simply as shoemakers and tailors stand to their bodies. [ G. A. Sala ]

We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. [ Thomas Jefferson ]

What a man does with his wealth depends upon his idea of happiness. Those who draw prizes in life are apt to spend tastelessly, if not viciously; not knowing that it requires as much talent to spend as to make. [ Whipple ]

Pleasure and pain, though directly opposite, are yet so contrived by nature as to be constant companions; and it is a fact that the same motions and muscles of the face are employed both in laughing and crying. [ Charron ]

The lowest people are generally the first to find fault with show or equipage; especially that of a person lately emerged from his obscurity. They never once consider that he is breaking the ice for themselves. [ Shenstone ]

There are two ways of establishing your reputation, - to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will be invariably accompanied by the latter. [ Colton ]

The great moments of life are but moments like the others. Your doom is spoken in a word or two. A single look from the eyes, a mere pressure of the hand, may decide it; or of the lips though they cannot speak. [ Thackeray ]

Against specious appearances we must set clear convictions, bright and ready for use. When death appears as an evil, we ought immediately to remember that evils are things to be avoided, but death is inevitable. [ Epictetus ]

Some eyes threaten like a loaded and levelled pistol, and others are as insulting as hissing or kicking; some have no more expression than blueberries, while others are as deep as a well which you can fall into. [ Emerson ]

There are no little events with the heart. It magnifies everything; it places in the same scale the fall of an empire and the dropping of a woman's glove; and almost always the glove weighs more than the empire. [ Balzac ]

So we fall asleep in Jesus. We have played long enough at the games of life, and at last we feel the approach of death. We are tired out and we lay our heads back on the bosom of Christ, and quietly fall asleep. [ H. W. Beecher ]

There should be no fear. We are protected, and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by god. [ President Donald J. Trump, Presidential Inaugeration Speech, Jan 20, 2017 ]

A companion that feasts the company with wit and mirth, and leaves out the sin which is usually mixed with them, he is the man; and let me tell you, good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue. [ Izaak Walton ]

For the short-lived bloom and contracted span of brief and wretched life is fast fleeting away! While we are drinking and calling for garlands, ointments, and women, old age steals swiftly on with noiseless step. [ Juvenal ]

A true critic, in the perusal of a book, is like a dog at a feast, whose thoughts and stomach are wholly set upon what the guests fling away, and consequently is apt to snarl most when there are the fewest bones. [ Swift ]

It is worth noticing that those who assume an imposing demeanor and seek to pass themselves off for something beyond what they are, are not unfrequently as much underrated by some as they are overrated by others. [ Whately ]

All our opinions, sentiments, principles, prejudices, religious beliefs, are really but the result of birthplace: how different would they be, had we been born and reared at the antipodes of our respective lands. [ De Finod ]

The examples of maternal influences are countless; Solomon himself records the words of wisdom that fell from a mother's lips, and Timothy was taught the Scriptures from a child by his grandmother and his mother. [ A. Ritchie ]

Like everything else in nature, music is a becoming, and it becomes its full self when its sounds and laws are used by intelligent man for the production of harmony, and so made the vehicle of emotion and thought. [ Theodore T. Munger ]

A frequent intercourse and intimate connection between two persons make them so like, that not only their dispositions are moulded like each other, but their very face and tone of voice contract a certain analogy. [ Lavater ]

In the germ, when the first trace of life begins to stir, music is the nurse of the soul; it murmurs in the ear, and the child sleeps; the tones are companions of his dreams - they are the world in which he lives. [ Bettina von Arnim ]

The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous; and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again. [ Thomas Paine ]

A thousand wheels of labor are turned by dear affections, and kept in motion by self-sacrificing endurance; and the crowds that pour forth in the morning and return at night are daily processiona of love and duty. [ Chapin ]

People seldom read a book which is given to them; and few are given. The way to spread a work is to sell it at a low price. No man will send to buy a thing that costs even sixpence without an intention to read it. [ Johnson ]

More marriages are ruined nowadays by the common sense of the husband than by anything else. How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly rational being. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Weakness has its hidden resources, as well as strength; there is a degree of folly and meanness which we cannot calculate upon, and by which we are as much liable to be foiled as by the greatest ability or courage. [ Hazlitt ]

Glow-worms are the image of women: when they are in the dark, one is struck with their brilliancy; as soon as they appear in the broad light of the world, one sees them in their true colors, with all their defects. [ Mme. Necker ]

Doubtless botany has its value; but the flowers knew how to preach divinity before men knew how to dissect and botanize them; they are apt to stop preaching, though, so soon as we begin to dissect and botanize them. [ H. N. Hudson ]

Sufficient unto the day is one baby. As long as you are in your right mind don't you ever pray for twins. Twins amount to a permanent riot. And there ain't any real difference between triplets and an insurrection. [ Mark Twain, The Babies ]

Fine sense and exalted sense are not half as useful as common sense. There are forty men of wit for one man of sense. And he that will carry nothing about him but gold will be every day at a loss for readier change. [ Pope ]

The passions are the only orators that always persuade; they are, as it were, a natural art, the rules of which are infallible; and the simplest man with passion is more persuasive than the most eloquent without it. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

The amplest knowledge has the largest faith. Ignorance is always incredulous. Tell an English cottager that the belfries of Swedish churches are crimson, and his own white steeple furnishes him with a contradiction. [ Willmott ]

What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard, even, than what he condemns, of his character, information, and abilities. No wonder, then, that in this prudent country most people are so shy of praising anything. [ Hare ]

The richest endowments of the mind are temperance, prudence, and fortitude. Prudence is a universal virtue, which enters into the composition of all the rest; and where she is not, fortitude loses its name and nature. [ Voltaire ]

I am constitutionally susceptible of noises; a carpenter's hammer, in a warm summer noon, will fret me into more than midsummer madness; but those unconnected, unset sounds are nothing to the measured malice of music. [ C. Lamb ]

We are never without a pilot. When we know not how to steer, and dare not hoist a sail, we can drift. The current knows the way, though we do not. The ship of heaven guides itself, and will not accept a wooden rudder. [ Emerson ]

The wisest of us must, for by far the most part, judge like the simplest; estimate importance by mere magnitude, and expect that which strongly affects our own generation, will strongly affect those that are to follow. [ Carlyle ]

He that will have no books but those that are scarce evinces about as correct a taste in literature as he would do in friendship who would have no friends but those whom all the rest of the world have sent to Coventry. [ Colton ]

In the moral world nothing is lost, as in the material world nothing is annihilated. All our thoughts and all our sentiments here below, are but the beginning of sentiments and thoughts that will be finished elsewhere. [ Joubert ]

There are evil spirits who suddenly fix their abode in man's unguarded breast, causing us to commit devilish deeds, and then, hurrying back to their native hell, leave behind the stings of remorse in the poisoned bosom. [ Schiller ]

There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master. [ Bible ]

Men cannot benefit those that are with them as they can benefit those that come after them; and of all the pulpits from which human voice is ever sent forth, there is none from which it reaches so far as from the grave. [ Ruskin ]

Of permanent griefs there are none, for they are but clouds. The swifter they move through the sky. the more follow after them; and even the immovable ones are absorbed by the other, and become smaller till they vanish. [ Richter ]

When I heard that trees grow a new ring for each year they live, I thought, we humans are kind of like that: we grow a new layer of skin each year, and after many years we are thick and unwieldy from all our skin layers. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

As for drinking, I have no rule about that. When the others drink I like to help; otherwise I remain dry, by habit and preference. This dryness does not hurt me, but it could easily hurt you, because you are different. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

A woman whose great beauty eclipses all others is seen with as many different eyes as there are people who look at her. Pretty women gaze with envy, homely women with spite, old men with regret, young men with transport. [ D'Argens ]

Nearly all our powerful men in this age of the world are unbelievers; the best of them in doubt and misery; the plurality in plodding hesitation, doing, as well as they can, what practical work lies ready to their hands. [ John Ruskin ]

When a man's pride is subdued it is like the sides of Mount Etna. It was terrible during the eruption, but when that is over and the lava is turned into soil, there are vineyards and olive trees which grow up to the top. [ Beecher ]

Every fiction since Homer has taught friendship, patriotism, generosity, contempt of death. These are the highest virtues; and the fictions which taught them were therefore of the highest, though not of unmixed, utility. [ Sir J. Mackintosh ]

If we stand in the openings of the present moment, with all the length and breadth of our faculties unselfishly adjusted to what it reveals, we are in the best condition to receive what God is always ready to communicate. [ T. C. Upham ]

Thou tell'st me there is murder in my eye: 'tis pretty, sure, and very probable that eyes - that are the frailest and softest things, who shut their coward gates on atomies - should be called tyrants, butchers, murderers! [ William Shakespeare ]

There are two kinds of genius. The first and highest may be said to speak out of the eternal to the present, and must compel its age to understand it; the second understands its age, and tells it what it wishes to be told. [ Lowell ]

Those who despise fame seldom deserve it. We are apt to undervalue the purchase we cannot reach, to conceal our poverty the better. It is a spark which kindles upon the best fuel, and burns brightest in the bravest breast. [ Jeremy Collier ]

Winckelmann wished to live with a work of art as a friend. The saying is true of pen and pencil. Fresh lustre shoots from Lycidas in a twentieth perusal. The portraits of Clarendon are mellowed by every year of reflection. [ Willmott ]

The productions of a great genius, with many lapses and inadvertences, are infinitely preferable to the works of an inferior kind of author which are scrupulously exact, and conformable to all the rules of correct writing. [ Addison ]

There are three kinds of praise, - that which we yield, that which we lend, and that which we pay. We yield it to the powerful from fear, we lend it to the weak from interest, and we pay it to the deserving from gratitude. [ Colton ]

It is right that man should love those who have offended him. He will do so when he remembers that all men are his relations, and that it is through ignorance and involuntarily that they sin, - and then we all die so soon. [ Marcus Aurelius ]

Graves, the dashes in the punctuation of our lives. To the Christian they are but the place at which he gathers breath for a nobler sentence. To Christ, the grave was but the hyphen between man and God, for He was God-man. [ Duffield ]

The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years. To hear them talk one would imagine they were in their first childhood. As far as civilization goes they are in their second. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

All the fairy tales of Aladdin, or the invisible Gyges, or the talisman that opens kings palaces, or the enchanted halls underground or in the sea, are only fictions to* indicate the one miracle of intellectual enlargement. [ Emerson ]

Those people who are always improving never become great Greatness is an eminence, the ascent to which is steep and lofty, and which a man must seize on at once by natural boldness and vigor, and not by patient, wary steps. [ Hazlitt ]

Happy men are full of the present, for its bounty suffices them; and wise men also, for its duties engage them. Our grand business undoubtedly is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. [ Thomas Carlyle ]

Food, improperly taken, not only produces originnl diseases, but affords those that are already engendered both matter and sustenance; so that, let the father of disease be what it may. In temperance is certainly its mother. [ Burton ]

He that first likened glory to a shadow did better than he was aware of. They are both of them things excellently vain. Glory also, like a shadow, goes sometimes before the body, and sometimes in length infinitely exceeds it. [ Montaigne ]

Men of the greatest genius are not always the most prodigal of their encomiums. But then it is when their range of power is confined, and they have in fact little perception, except of their own particular kind of excellence. [ Hazlitt ]

The desire of posthumous fame and the dread of posthumous reproach and execration are feelings from the influence of which scarcely any man is perfectly free, and which in many men are powerful and constant motives of action. [ Macaulay ]

At the age when the faculties droop, when stern experience has destroyed all sweet illusions, man may seek solitude; but, at twenty, the affections which he is compelled to repress are a tomb in which he buries himself alive. [ E. de Girardin ]

So also it is good not always to make a friend of the person who is expert in twining himself around us; but, after testing them, to attach ourselves to those who are worthy of our affection and likely to be serviceable to us. [ Plutarch ]

Some read books only with a view to find fault, while others read only, to be taught; the former are like venomous spiders, extracting a poisonous quality, where the latter, like the bees, sip out a sweet and profitable juice. [ L'Estrange ]

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. [ Washington Irving ]

There are persons who flatter themselves that the size of their works will make them immortal. They pile up reluctant quarto upon solid folio, as if their labors, because they are gigantic, could contend with truth and heaven! [ Junius ]

As those that pull down private houses adjoining to the temples of the gods, prop up such parts as are continguous to them; so, in undermining bashfulness, due regard is to be had to adjacent modesty, good-nature and humanity. [ Plutarch ]

The great difficulty is first to win a reputation; the next to keep it while you live; and the next to preserve it after you die, when affection and interest are over, and nothing but sterling excellence can preserve your name. [ B. R. Haydon ]

Certainly the highest and dearest concerns of a temporal life are infinitely less valuable than those of an eternal; and consequently ought, without any demur at all, to be sacrificed to them, whenever they come in competition. [ South ]

The follies, vices, and consequent miseries of multitudes, displayed in a newspaper, are so many admonitions and warnings, so many beacons, continually burning, to turn others from the rocks on which they have been shipwrecked. [ Bishop Horne ]

Dreams are the bright creatures of poem and legend, who sport on the earth in the night season, and melt away with the first beam of the sun, which lights grim care and stern reality on their daily pilgrimage through the world. [ Dickens ]

The awakening of our best sympathies, the cultivation of our best and purest tastes, strengthening the desire to be useful and good, and directing youthful ambition to unselfish ends, - such are the objects of true education. [ J. T. Headley ]

If a superior woman marry a vulgar or inferior man, he makes her miserable, but seldom governs her mind or vulgarizes her nature; and if there be love on his side, the chances are that in the end she will elevate and refine him. [ Mrs. Jameson ]

Falsehood is never so successful as when she baits her hook with truth, and no opinions so fatally mislead us as those that are not wholly wrong, as no watches so effectually deceive the wearer as those that are sometimes right. [ Colton ]

And this is woman's fate: all her affections are called into life by winning flatteries, and then thrown back upon themselves to perish; and her heart, her trusting heart, filled with weak tenderness, is left to bleed or, break. [ L. E. Landon ]

Ideas are, like matter, infinitely divisible. It is not given to us to get down, so to speak, to their final atoms, but to their molecular groupings the way is never ending, and the progress infinitely delightful and profitable. [ Bovee ]

When I meet with any persons who write obscurely or converse confusedly, I am apt to suspect two things; first, that such persons do not understand themselves; and secondly, that they are not worthy of being understood by others. [ Colton ]

Great men are the fire-pillars in this dark pilgrimage of mankind; they stand as heavenly signs, ever-living witnesses of what has been, prophetic tokens of what may still be, the revealed, embodied possibilities of human nature. [ Carlyle ]

I have no wife or children, good or bad, to provide for; a mere spectator of other men's fortunes and adventures, and how they play their parts; which, methinks, are diversely presetted unto me, as from a common theatre or scene. [ Burton ]

The want of interest renders a person negligent; servants are commonly negligent in what concerns their master's interest. Negligence is therefore the fault of persons of all descriptions, but particularly those in low condition. [ G. Crabb ]

The widow who has been bereft of her children may seem in after years no whit less placid, no whit less serenely gladsome; nay, more gladsome than the woman whose blessings are still round her. I am amazed to see how wounds heal. [ Charles Buxton ]

The idea you have once spoken, if even it were an idea, is no longer yours; it is gone from you, so much life and virtue is gone, and the vital circulations of yourself and your destiny and activity are henceforth deprived of it. [ Carlyle ]

I have remarked that those who love women most, and are most tender in their intercourse with them, are most inclined to speak ill of them, us if they could not forgive them for not being as irreproachable as they wish them to be. [ T. Gautier ]

There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousand truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away. [ Beecher ]

Women who are the least bashful are not unfrequently the most modest; and we are never more deceived than when we would infer any laxity of principle from that freedom of demeanor which often arises from a total ignorance of vice. [ Colton ]

There are strange coincidences in life: they occur so a propos that the strongest minds are impressed, and ask if that mysterious and inexorable fatality in which the ancients believed, is not really the law that governs the world. [ Alfred Mercier ]

There are jilts in friendship, as well as in love; and by the behavior of some men in both, one would almost imagine that they industriously sought to gain the affections of others with the view only of making the parties miserable. [ Fielding ]

There are brains so large that they unconsciously swamp all individualities which come in contact or too near, and brains so small that they cannot take in the conception of any other individuality as a whole, only in part or parts. [ Mrs. Jameson ]

He that aspires to be the head of a party will find it more difficult to please his friends than to perplex his foes. He must often act from false reasons, which are weak, because he dares not avow the true reasons, which are strong. [ Colton ]

Novels do not force their fair readers to sin, they only instruct them how to sin; the consequences of which are fully detailed, and not in a way calculated to seduce any but weak minds; few of their heroines are happily disposed of. [ Zimmermann ]

A taste for flowers and a love for the beautiful, as exhibited in the wonders of creative power, are evidences of a refined and sensitive nature, and peculiar traits of character which distinguish man from the lower order of animals. [ Celestia R. Colby ]

Good people do a great deal of harm in the world. Certainly the greatest harm they do is that they make badness of such extraordinary importance. It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

Gloom and sadness are poison to us, and the origin of hysterics. You are right in thinking that this disease is in the imagination; you have defined it perfectly; it is vexation which causes it to spring up, and fear that supports it. [ Madame de Sevigne ]

There are no persons more solicitous about the preservation of rank than those who have no rank at all. Observe the humors of a country christening, and you will find no court in Christendom so ceremonious as the quality of Brentford. [ Shenstone ]

Burke's sentences are pointed at the end, instinct with pungent sense to the last syllable. They are like a charioteer's whip, which not only has a long and effective lash, but cracks and inflicts a still smarter sensation at the end. [ John Foster ]

Let a woman once give you a task, and you are hers, heart and soul; all your care and trouble lend new charms to her for whose sake they are taken. To rescue, to revenge, to instruct, or protect a woman is all the same as to love her. [ Richter ]

To one given to day-dreaming, and fond of losing himself in reveries, a sea-voyage is full of subjects for meditation; but then they are the wonders of the deep and of the air, and rather tend to abstract the mind from worldly themes. [ W. Irving ]

In the life of a nation ideas are not the only things of value. Sentiment also is of great value; and the way to foster sentiment in a people, and to develop it in the young, is to have a well-recorded past, and to be familiar with it. [ Joseph Anderson ]

Enthusiasm begets enthusiasm, eloquence produces conviction for the moment; but it is only by truth to Nature and the everlasting institutions of mankind that those abiding influences are won that enlarge from generation to generation. [ Lowell ]

Commonsense is science exactly so far as it fulfils the ideal of commonsense; that is, sees facts as they are, or at any rate without the distortion of prejudice, and reasons from them in accordance with the dictates of sound judgment. [ Huxley ]

The tongue of man is powerful enough to render the ideas which the human intellect conceives; but in the realm of true and deep sentiments it is but a weak interpreter. These are inexpressible, like the endless glory of the Omnipotent. [ Kossuth ]

As he that lives longest lives but a little while, every man may be certain that he has no time to waste. The duties of life are commensurate to its duration; and every day brings its task, which, if neglected, is doubled on the morrow. [ Dr. Johnson ]

I think half the troubles for which men go slouching in prayer to God are caused by their intolerable pride. Many of our cares are but a morbid way of looking at our privileges. We let our blessings get mouldy, and then call them curses. [ Beecher ]

There are many arts among men, the knowledge of which is acquired bit by bit by experience. For it is experience that causes our life to move forward by the skill we acquire, while want of experience subjects us to the effects of chance. [ Plato ]

It is the qualities of the heart, not those of the face, that should attract us in women, because the former are durable, the latter transitory. So lovable women, like roses, retain their sweetness long after they have lost their beauty. [ Lamartine ]

Fine declamation does not consist in flowery periods, delicate allusions of musical cadences, but in a plain, open, loose style, where the periods are long and obvious, where the same thought is often exhibited in several points of view. [ Goldsmith ]

In all societies, it is advisable to associate if possible with the highest; not that the highest are always the best, but because, if disgusted there, we can at any time descend; but if we begin with the lowest, to ascend is impossible. [ Colton ]

In composing, think much more of your matter than your manner. To be sure, spirit, grace, and dignity of manner are of great importance, both to the speaker and writer; but of infinitely more importance is the weight and worth of matter. [ Wirt ]

Thinkers who trace systems of philosophy are merely impelled by an innate instinct; they know that their precepts, however excellent, are not suitable to the majority: the wisdom may be admired by many, but few will follow the principles. [ De Finod ]

Two things, well considered, would prevent many quarrels: first, to have it well ascertained whether we are not disputing about terms rather than things; and, secondly, to examine whether that on which we differ is worth contending about. [ Colton ]

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and hollyhock. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

When all that is fond in our nature is most thoroughly awakened, when we feel most deeply and tenderly - even then, love is so conscious of its instability that we are irresistibly prompted to ask; Do you love me? Will you love me always? [ Balzac ]

Darwin remarks that we are less dazzled by the light at waking, if we have been dreaming of visible objects. Happy are those who have here dreamt of a higher vision! They will the sooner be able to endure the glories of the world to come. [ Novalis ]

By necessaries I understand not only the commodities which are indispensably necessary for the support of life, but whatever the custom of the country renders it indecent for creditable people, even of the lowest order, to appear without. [ Adam Smith ]

We are somewhat more than ourselves in our sleep; and the slumber of the body seems to be but the waking of the soul. It is the ligation of sense, but the liberty of reason; and our waking conceptions do not match the fancies of our sleeps. [ Sir Thomas Browne ]

All men who have sense and feeling are being continually helped; they are taught by every person they meet, and enriched by everything that falls in their way. The greatest is he who has been oftenest aided. Originality is the observing eye. [ Ruskin ]

Every movement of the theater by a skilful poet is communicated, as it were, by magic, to the spectators; who weep, tremble, resent, rejoice, and are inflamed with all the variety of passions which actuate the several personages of the drama. [ Hume ]

There is nothing like youth. The middle aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life's lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it. Every one is born a king, and most people die in exile, like most kings. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period or other, when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other - it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future are not come. [ Colton ]

The chief art of learning is to attempt but little at a time. The widest excursions of the mind are made by short flights, frequently repeated, the most lofty fabrics of science are formed by the continued accumulation of single propositions. [ Locke ]

Persons are love's world, and the coldest philosopher cannot recount the debt of the young soul, wandering here in nature to the power of love, without being tempted to unsay, as treasonable to nature, aught derogatory to the social instincts. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

We cannot part with our friends. We cannot let our angels go. We do not see that they only go out that archangels may come in. We are idolaters of the old. We do not believe in the richness of the soul, in its proper eternity and omnipresence. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

What laborious days, what watchings by the midnight lamp, what rackings of the brain, what hopes and fears, what long lives of laborious study, are here sublimized into print, and condensed into the narrow compass of these surrounding shelves! [ Horace Smith ]

A majority of women seem to consider themselves sent into the world for the sole purpose of displaying dry goods, and it is only when acting the part of an animated milliner's block that they feel they are performing their appropriate mission. [ Abba Goold Woolson ]

He who boasts of being perfect is perfect in folly. I never saw a perfect man. Every rose has its thorns, and every day its night. Even the sun shows spots, and the skies are darkened with clouds; and faults of some kind nestle in every bosom. [ Spurgeon ]

Secrets from other people's wives are a necessary luxury in modern life, but no man should have a secret from his own wife. She invariably finds out. Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

Oddities and singularities of behavior may attend genius; when they do, they are its misfortunes and its blemishes. The man of true genius will be ashamed of them; at least he will never affect to distinguish himself by whimsical peculiarities. [ S. W. Temple ]

Are we capable of so intimate and cordial a coalition of friendship as, that one man may pour out his bosom - his very inmost soul, with unreserved confidence to another, without hazard of losing part of that respect which man deserves from man. [ A. Burn ]

No doubt every person is entitled to make and to think as much of himself as possible, only he ought not to worry others about this, for they have enough to do with and in themselves, if they too are to be of some account, both now and hereafter. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Talent and worth are the only eternal grounds of distinction. To these the Almighty has affixed His everlasting patent of nobility. Knowledge and goodness, - these make degrees in heaven, and they must be the graduating scale of a true democracy. [ Miss Sedgwick ]

Many classes are always praising the by-gone time, for it is natural that the old should extol the days of their youth; the weak, the era of their strength; the sick, the season of their vigor; and the disappointed, the springtime of their hopes! [ C. Bingham ]

Of all faults the greatest is the excess of impious terror, dishonoring divine grace. He who despairs wants love, wants faith; for faith, hope, and love are three torches which blend their light together, nor does the one shine without the other. [ Metastasio ]

Without woman, man would be rough, rude, solitary, and would ignore all the graces which are but the smiles of love. Woman weaves about him the flowers of life, as the vines of the forest decorate the trunk of the oak with their fragrant garlands. [ Chateaubriand ]

The parallel circumstances and kindred images to which we readily conform our minds are, above all other writings, to be found in the lives of particular persons, and therefore no species of writing seems more worthy of cultivation than biography. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Flowers belong to Fairyland: the flowers and the birds and the butterflies are all that the world has kept of its golden age - the only perfectly beautiful things on earth - joyous, innocent, half divine - useless, say they who are wiser than God. [ Ouida ]

Our opinions are not our own, but in the power of sympathy. If a person tells us a palpable falsehood, we not only dare not contradict him, but we dare hardly disbelieve him to his face. A lie boldly uttered has the effect of truth for the instant. [ Hazlitt ]

Man is intended for a limited condition; objects that are simple, near, determinate, he comprehends, and he becomes accustomed to employ such means as are at hand; but on entering a wider field he now knows neither what he would nor what he should. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

How dear the sure counsel of a present friend, whose heavenly power failing, the lonely one sinks in silence; for earnest thought and resolution, locked within his breast, are slowly ripened; the presence of the loved one soon warms them into being. [ Goethe ]

The drama embraces and applies all the beauties and decorations of poetry. The sister arts attend and adorn it. Painting, architecture, and music are her handmaids. The costliest lights of a people's intellect burn at her show. All ages welcome her. [ Willmott ]

Magnificence is likewise a source of the sublime. A great profusion of things which are splendid or valuable in themselves is magnificent. The starry heaven, though it occurs so very frequently to our view, never fails to excite an idea of grandeur. [ Burke ]

Only well-written works will descend to posterity. Fulness of knowledge, interesting facts, even useful inventions, are no pledge of immortality, for they may be employed by more skilful hands; they are outside the man; the style is the man himself. [ Buffon ]

I have always a sacred veneration for any one I observe to be a little out of repair in his person, as supposing him either a poet or a philosopher; because the richest minerals are ever found under the most ragged and withered surfaces of the earth. [ Swift ]

Grief or misfortune seems to be indispensable to the development of intelligence, energy, and virtue. The proofs to which the people are submitted, as with individuals, are necessary then to draw them from their lethargy, to disclose their character. [ Fearon ]

Perfect works are rare, because they must be produced at the happy moment when taste and genius unite: and this rare conjunction, like that of certain planets, appears to occur only after the revolution of several cycles, and only lasts for an instant. [ Chateaubriand ]

Boasting and bravado may exist in the breast even of the coward, if he is successful through a mere lucky hit: but a just contempt of an enemy can alone arise in those who feel that they are superior to their opponent by the prudence of their measures. [ Thucydides ]

We proudly say we are equal. In the largest sense before God we are, but in every other sense we are not. No two persons have the same gifts, the same tastes, the same habits. One must complement the other. It is a mutual life we lead in a mutual world. [ Caroline Hazard ]

Simplicity is the straightforwardness of a soul which refuses to reflect on itself or its deeds. Many are sincere without being simple; they do not wish to be taken for other than they are, but they are always afraid of being taken for what they are not. [ Fénelon ]

Both in individuals and in masses violent excitement is always followed by remission, and often by reaction. We are all inclined to depreciate whatever we have overpraised, and, on the other hand, to show undue indulgence where we have shown undue rigor. [ Macaulay ]

Noted or Notorious? As adjectives, these terms are sometimes misused; as, He is a noted criminal. The better word here would be notorious, the meaning of which is restricted to that which is bad; while noted may be used in either a good or a bad sense. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

Friends are discovered rather than made; there are people who are in their own nature friends, only they do not know each other; but certain things, like poetry, music, and paintings are like the freemasons sign - they reveal the initiated to each other. [ Mrs. Stowe ]

There are two ways of attaining au important end - force and perseverance. Force falls to the lot only of the privileged few, but austere and sustained perseverance can be practiced by the most insignificant. Its silent power grows irresistible with time. [ Madame Swetchine ]

There are certain events which to each man's life are as comets to the earth, seemingly strange and erratic portents; distinct from the ordinary lights which guide our course and mark our seasons, yet true to their own laws, potent in their own influences. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

There is to me a daintiness about early flowers that touches me like poetry; they blow out with such a simple loveliness among the common herbs of pastures, and breathe their lives so unobstrusively, like hearts whose beatings are too gentle for the world. [ N. P. Willis ]

Without some strong motive to the contrary, men united by the pursuit of a clearly defined common aim of irresistible attractiveness naturally coalesce; and since they coalesce naturally, they are clearly right in coalescing and find their advantage in it. [ Matthew Arnold ]

The grave is a sacred workshop of nature! a chamber for the figure of the body; death and life dwell here together as man and wife. They are one body, they are in union; God has joined them together, and what God hath joined together let no man put asunder. [ Hippel ]

We are ruined, not by what we really want, but by what we think we do: therefore never go abroad in search of your wants. If they be real wants, they will come home in search of you; for he that buys what he does not want, will soon want what he cannot buy. [ Caleb C. Colton ]

When misfortunes happen to such as dissent from us in matters of religion, we call them judgments; when to those of our own sect, we call them trials: when to persons neither way distinguished, we are content to attribute them to the settled course of things. [ Shenstone ]

Natural knowledge is come at by the continuance and progress of learning and of liberty, and by particular persons attending to, comparing, and pursuing intimations scattered up and down it, which are overlooked and disregarded by the generality of the world. [ Bishop Butler ]

There are few souls who are so vigorously organized as to be able to maintain themselves in the calm of a strong resolve: all honest consciences are capable of the generosity of a day, but almost all succumb the next morning under the effort of the sacrifice. [ George Sand ]

Christ and His cross are not separable in this life, howbeit Christ and His cross part at heaven's door, for there is no house-room for crosses in heaven. One tear, one sigh, one sad heart, one fear, one loss, one thought of trouble cannot find lodging there. [ Rutherford ]

Avarice is a uniform and tractable vice; other intellectual distempers are different in different constitutions of mind. That which soothes the pride of one will offend the pride of another, but to the favor of the covetous bring money, and nothing is denied. [ Johnson ]

I have never taken any exercise, except sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any. Exercise is loathsome. And it cannot be any benefit when you are tired; and I was always tired. But let another person try my way, and see where he will come out. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

If there is excellence in my composition, set it down, first of all things and last, to the general fact that I have no method. Modes of expression in writing, like modes of expression in speech, are referable purely to feeling, not studied, but of the moment. [ Gen. Lew Wallace, The Art Of Authorship, 1891 ]

All men are in some degree impressed by the face of the world; some men even to delight. This love of beauty is taste. Others have the same love in such excess that, not content with admiring, they seek to embody it in new forms. The creation of beauty is art. [ Emerson ]

Ages of ignorance and simplicity are thought to be ages of purity. But the direct contrary I believe to be the case. Rude periods have that grossness of manners, which is as unfriendly to virtue as luxury itself. Men are less ashamed as they are less polished. [ Warton ]

There are two kinds of artists in this world; those that work because the spirit is in them, and they cannot be silent if they would, and those that speak from a conscientious desire to make apparent to others the beauty that has awakened their own admiration. [ Anna Katharine Green ]

A man takes contradiction and advice much more easily than people think, only he will not bear it when violently given, even though it be well founded. Hearts are flowers; they remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain. [ Richter ]

The absent one is an ideal person; those who are present seem to one another to be quite commonplace. It is a silly thing that the ideal is, as it were, ousted by the real; that may be the reason why to the moderns their ideal only manifests itself in longing. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

It were happy if we studied nature more in natural things; and acted according to nature, whose rules are few, plain, and most reasonable. Let us begin where she begins, go her pace, and close always where she ends, and we cannot miss of being good naturalists. [ William Penn ]

We are born for a higher destiny than earth; there is a realm where the rainbow never fades, where the stars will be spread before us like islands that slumber on the ocean, and where the beings that pass before us like shadows will stay in our presence forever. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

These studies are the food of youth and the consolation of old age; they adorn prosperity and are the comfort and refuge of adversity; they are pleasant at home and are no encumbrance abroad; they accompany us at night, in our travels, and in our rural retreats. [ Cicero ]

What is the world, or its opinion, to him who has studied in the lives of men the mysteries of their egotism and perfidy! He knows that the best and most generous hearts are often forced to tread the thorny paths, where insults and outrages are heaped upon them! [ George Sand ]

If life has not made you by God's grace, through faith, holy - think you, will death without faith do it? The cold waters of that narrow stream are no purifying bath in which you may wash and be clean. No! no! as you go down into them, you will come up from them. [ Alexander Maclaren ]

Nature's noblemen are everywhere, - in town and out of town, gloved and rough-handed, rich and poor. Prejudice against a lord, because he is a lord, is losing the chance of finding a good fellow, as much as prejudice against a ploughman because he is a ploughman. [ Willis ]

Friendship is not a state of feeling whose elements are specifically different from those which compose every other. The emotions we feel toward a friend are the same in kind with those we experience on other occasions; but they are more complex and more exalted. [ R. Hall ]

There are times in the history of men and nations, when they stand so near the vale that separates mortals from the immortals, time from eternity, and men from their God. that they can almost hear the beatings, and feel the pulsations of the heart of the Infinite. [ James A. Garfield ]

Never to speak by superlatives is a sign of a wise man; for that way of speaking wounds either truth or prudence. Exaggerations are so many prostitutions of reputation; because they discover the weakness of understanding, and the bad discerning of him that speaks. [ J. Earle ]

Anguish of mind has driven thousands to suicide; anguish of body, none. This proves that the health of the mind is of far more consequence to our happiness than the health of the body, although both are deserving of much more attention than either of them receives. [ Colton ]

Society is a necessary thing. No man has any real success in this world unless he has women to back him, and women rule society. If you have not got women on your side you are quite over. You might as well be a barrister, or a stock-broker, or a journalist at once. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Flowers are esteemed by us, not so much on account of their extrinsic beauty - their glowing hues and genial fragrance - as because they have long been regarded as emblems of mortality - because they are associated in our minds with the ideas of mutation and decay. [ Bovee ]

Dreams ought to produce no conviction whatever on philosophical minds. If we consider how many dreams are dreamt every night, and how many events occur every day, we shall no longer wonder at those accidental coincidences which ignorance mistakes for verifications. [ Colton ]

Two qualities are demanded of a statesman who would direct any great movement of opinion in which he himself takes a part; he must have a complete understanding of the movement itself, and he must be animated by the same motives as those which inspire the movement. [ Lamartine ]

It is not the nature of avarice to be satisfied with anything but money. Every passion that acts upon mankind has a peculiar mode of operation. Many of them are temporary and fluctuating; they admit of cessation and variety. But avarice is a fixed, uniform passion. [ Thomas Paine ]

Custom is the law of one description of fools, and fashion of another; but the two parties often clash - for precedent is the legislator of the first, and novelty of the last. Custom, therefore, looks to things that are past, and fashion to things that are present. [ Colton ]

All the religions known in the world are founded, so far as they relate to man or the unity of man, as being all of one degree. Whether in heaven or in hell, or in whatever state man may be supposed to exist hereafter, the good and the bad are the only distinctions. [ Thomas Paine ]

The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it. [ Voltaire ]

There are three classes of readers; some enjoy without judgment; others judge without enjoyment; and some there are who judge while they enjoy, and enjoy while they judge. The latter class reproduces the work of art on which it is engaged. Its numbers are very small. [ Goethe ]

People travel the world over to visit untouched places of natural beauty, yet modern gardens pay little heed to the simplicity and beauty of these environments... those special places we all must preserve and protect, each in his own way, before they are lost forever. [ Mary Reynolds, 2002 Gold Medal Winner of the Chelsea Flower Show, November 2001 Application Form. Dare to Be Wild movie ]

The man makes the circumstances, and is spiritually as well as economically the artificer of his own fortune, but the man's circumstances are the element he is appointed to live and work in; so that in a no less genuine sense it can be said circumstances make the man. [ Carlyle ]

No man is more miserable than he that hath no adversity. That man is not tried, whether he be good or bad, and God never crowns those virtues which are only faculties and dispositions, but every act of virtue is an ingredient into reward - God so dresses us for heaven. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

It is quite deplorable to see how many rational creatures, or at least who are thought so, mistake suffering for sanctity, and think a sad face and a gloomy habit of mind propitious offerings to that Deity whose works are all light and lustre and harmony and loveliness. [ Lady Morgan ]

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Yonder palace was raised by single stones, yet you see its height and spaciousness. He that shall walk with vigor three hours a day will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe. [ Johnson ]

As the rose-tree is composed of the sweetest flowers, and the sharpest thorns; as the heavens are sometimes overcast — alternately tempestuous and serene — so is the life of man intermingled with hopes and fears, with joys and sorrows, with pleasures and with pains. [ Burton ]

Just to be good, to keep life pure from degrading elements, to make it constantly helpful in little ways to those who are touched by it, to keep one's spirit always sweet and avoid all manner of petty anger and irritability, - that is an ideal as noble as it is difficult. [ Edward Howard Griggs ]

Biographies of great, but especially of good men are most instructive and useful as helps, guides, and incentives to others. Some of the best are almost equivalent to gospels, - teaching high living, high thinking, and energetic action, for their own and the world's good. [ Samuel Smiles ]

We ought, in humanity, no more to despise a man for the misfortunes of the mind than for those of the body, when they are such as he cannot help; were this thoroughly considered we should no more laugh at a man for having his brains cracked than for having his head broke. [ Pope ]

To men addicted to delights, business is an interruption; to such as are cold to delights, business is an entertainment. For which reason it was said to one who commended a dull man for his application: No thanks to him; if he had no business, he would have nothing to do. [ Steele ]

The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say: but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work. [ Voltaire ]

Novels are sweets. All people with healthy literary appetites love them; almost all women; a vast number of clever, hard-headed men. Judges, bishops, chancellors, mathematicians, are notorious novel readers, as well as young boys and girls, and their kind, tender mothers. [ Thackeray ]

Flowers and fruits are always fit presents; flowers, because they are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world. These gay natures contrast with the sombre countenance of ordinary nature; they are like music heard out of a workhouse. [ Berz ]

It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices. [ Beecher ]

True friends are the whole world to one another; and he that is a friend to himself, is also a friend to mankind; even in my studies the greatest delight I take is that of imparting it to others; for there is no relish to me in the possessing of anything without a partner. [ Seneca ]

In dreams we are true poets; we create the persons of the drama; we give them appropriate figures, faces, costumes; they are perfect in their organs, attitudes, manners; moreover they speak after their own characters, not ours; and we listen with surprise to what they say. [ Emerson ]

There is a Russian proverb which says that misfortune is next door to stupidity; and it will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, improvidence, or want of application. [ Samuel Smiles ]

There are but three ways for a man to revenge himself of the censure of the world, - to despise it, to return the like, or to endeavor to live so as to avoid it; the first of these is usually pretended, the last is almost impossible, the universal practice is for the second. [ Swift ]

Pale, Pallid, or Wan? All these terms denote an absence of color, but vary in degree, pallid rising upon pale, and wan upon pallid. Paleness in the countenance may be temporary, but pallidness and wanness are caused by sickness, hunger, or fatigue, and are of longer duration. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

The eye observes only what the mind, the heart, and the imagination are gifted to see: and sight must be reinforced by insight before souls can be discerned as well as manners, ideas as well as objects, realities and relations as well as appearances and accidental connections. [ Whipple ]

The birds of the air die to sustain thee; the beasts of the field die to nourish thee; the fishes of the sea die to feed thee. Our stomachs are their common sepulchre. Good God! with how many deaths are our poor lives patched up! how full of death is the life of momentary man! [ Quarles ]

Words, those fickle daughters of the earth, are the creation of a being that is finite, and when applied to explain that which is infinite, they fail; for that which is made surpasses not the maker; nor can that which is immeasurable by our thoughts be measured by our tongues. [ Colton ]

Great men, though far above us, are felt to be our brothers; and their elevation shows us what vast possibilities are wrapped up in our common humanity. They beckon us up the gleaming heights to whose summits they have climbed. Their deeds are the woof of this world's history. [ Moses Harvey ]

A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm; that after they have lost all they are sure to lose on mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt and support them through great actions. A cloak should be of three-pile, to keep its gloss in wear. [ Hare ]

Men of quality never appear more amiable than when their dress is plain. Their birth, rank, title and its appendages are at best invidious; and as they do not need the assistance of dress, so, by their disclaiming the advantage of it, they make their superiority sit more easy. [ Shenstone ]

Some will read only old books, as if there were no valuable truths to be discovered in modern publications: others will only read new books, as if some valuable truths are not among the old. Some will not read a book because they know the author: others would also read the man. [ Disraeli ]

I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to appreciate both. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

People who love once in their lives are really shallow people. What they call their loyalty and their fidelity is either the lethargy of custom or lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what constancy is to the intellectual life, simply a confession of failure. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Civilized society feels that manners are of more importance than morals, and the highest respectability is of less value than the possession of a good chef. Even the cardinal virtues cannot atone for cold entrees, nor an irreproachable private life for a bad dinner and poor wines. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Those orators who give us much noise and many words, but little argument and less wit, and who are the loudest when least lucid, should take a lesson from the great volume of nature; she often gives us the lightning without the thunder, but never the thunder without the lightning. [ Burritt ]

Men are much more unwilling to have their weaknesses and their imperfections known than their crimes; and if you hint to a man that you think him silly, ignorant, or even ill-bred, or awkward, he will hate you more and longer than if you tell him plainly that you think him a rogue. [ Chesterfield ]

It is a beautiful self-denial for the affluent to set an example of neatness, plainness, and simplicity. Such an influence is peculiarly salutary in our state of society, where the large class of young females, who earn a subsistance by labor, are so addicted to the love of finery. [ Mrs. Sigourney ]

Sombre thoughts and fancies often require a little real soil or substance to flourish in; they are the dark pinetrees which take root in, and frown over the rifts of the scathed and petrified heart, and are chiefly nourished by the rain of unavailing tears, and the vapors of fancy. [ J. F. Boyes ]

Young women, the glory of your life is to do something, and to be something. You may have formed the idea that ease and personal enjoyment are the ends of your life. This is a terrible mistake. Development, in the broadest sense and in the highest direction, is the end of your life. [ J. G. Holland, Pseudonym: Timothy Titcomb ]

How idle a boast, after all, is the immortality of a name! Time is ever silently turning over his pages; we are too much engrossed by the story of the present to think of the character and anecdotes that gave interest to the past; and each age is a volume thrown aside and forgotten. [ Washington Irving ]

Every man ought to be in love a few times in his life, and to have a smart attack of the fever. You are better for it when it is over: the better for your misfortune, if you endure it with a manly heart; how much the better for success, if you win it and a good wife into the bargain! [ Thackeray ]

In the use of the tongue God hath distinguished us from beasts, and by the well or ill using it we are distinguished from one another; and therefore, though silence be innocent as death, harmless as a rose's breath to a distant passenger, yet it is rather the state of death than life. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

Pride counterbalances all our miseries, for it either hides them, or, if it discloses them, boasts of that disclosure. Pride has such a thorough possession of us, even in the midst of our miseries and faults, that we are prepared to sacrifice life with joy, if it may but be talked of. [ Pascal ]

There are persons of that general philanthropy and easy tempers, which the world in contempt generally calls good-natured, who seem to be sent into the world with the same design with which men put little fish into a pike pond, in order only to be devoured by that voracious water-hero. [ Fielding ]

Books are delightful when prosperity happily smiles; when adversity threatens, they are inseparable comforters. They give strength to human compacts, nor are grave opinions brought forward without books. Arts and sciences, the benefits of which no mind can calculate, depend upon books. [ Richard Aungervyle ]

Good-humor, gay spirits, are the liberators, the sure cure for spleen and melancholy. Deeper than tears, these irradiate the tophets with their glad heavens. Go laugh, vent the pits, transmuting imps into angels by the alchemy of smiles. The satans flee at the sight of these redeemers. [ Alcott ]

It is averse to talent to be consorted and trained up with inferior minds or inferior companions, however high they may rank. The foal of the racer neither finds out his speed, nor calls out his powers, if pastured out with the common herd, that are destined for the collar and the yoke. [ Colton ]

Many men are mere warehouses full of merchandise - the head, the heart, are stuffed with goods. There are apartments in their souls which were once tenanted by taste, and love, and joy, and worship, but they are all deserted now, and the rooms are filled with earthy and material things. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

It is adverse to talent to be consorted and trained up with inferior minds and inferior companions, however high they may rank. The foal of the racer neither finds out his speed nor calls out his powers if pastured out with the common herd, that are destined for the collar and the yoke. [ Colton ]

None but those who have loved can be supposed to understand the oratory of the eye, the mute eloquence of a look, or the conversational powers of the face. Love's sweetest meanings are unspoken; the full heart knows no rhetoric of words, and resorts to the pantomime of sighs and glances. [ Bovee ]

We meet with few utterly dull and stupid souls: the sublime and transcendent are still fewer; the generality of mankind stand between, these two extremes: the interval is filled with multitudes of ordinary geniuses, but all very useful, and the ornaments and supports of the commonwealth. [ La Bruyere ]

Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayers; be courteous to your creditors; keep your digestion good ; exercise ; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things that your special case requires to make you happy, but, my friend, these, I reckon, will give you a good lift. [ Abraham Lincoln ]

There are two distinct sorts of what we call bashfulness; this, the awkwardness of a booby, which a few steps into the world will convert into the pertness of a coxcomb; that, a consciousness, which the most delicate feelings produce, and the most extensive knowledge cannot always remove. [ Mackenzie ]

There is a sort of harmless liars, frequently to be met with in company, who deal much in exaggeration; their usual intention is to please and entertain; but as men are most delighted with what they conceive to be truth, these people mistake the means of pleasing, and incur universal blame. [ Hume ]

Courtship is a fine bowling-green turf, all galloping round and sweethearting, a sunshine holiday in summer time; but when once through matrimony's turnpike, the weather becomes wintry, and some husbands are seized with a cold, aguish fit, to which the faculty give the name of indifference. [ G. A. Stevens ]

Some are so close and reserved that they will not show their wares but by a dark light, and seem always to keep back somewhat; and when they know within themselves they speak of that which they do not well know, would nevertheless seem to others to know of that which they may not well speak. [ Bacon ]

The eye is the window of the soul, the mouth the door. The intellect, the will, are seen in the eye; the emotions, sensibilities, and affections, in the mouth. The animals look for man's intentions right into his eyes. Even a rat, when you hunt him and bring him to bay, looks you in the eye. [ Hiram Powers ]

The difference between a parable and an apologue is that the former, being drawn from human life, requires probability in the narration, whereas the apologue, being taken from inanimate things or the inferior animals, is not confined strictly to probability. The fables of Aesop are apologues. [ Fleming ]

Logic is a large drawer, containing some useful instruments, and many more that are superfluous. A wise man will look into it for two purposes, to avail himself of those instruments that are really useful, and to admire the ingenuity with which those that are not so, are assorted and arranged. [ Colton ]

A man who cannot win fame in his own age will have a very small chance of winning it from posterity. True, there are some half-dozen exceptions to this truth among millions of myriads that attest it; but what man of commonsense would invest any large amount of hope in so unpromising a lottery? [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

He that abuses his own profession will not patiently bear with any one else who does so. And this is one of our most subtle operations of self-love. For when we abuse our own profession, we tacitly except ourselves; but when another abuses it, we are far from being certain that this is the case. [ Colton ]

Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposing beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field. [ Burke ]

Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature, if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you, know that the morning and spring of your life are past. [ Thoreau ]

If often happens too, both in courts and in cabinets, that there are two things going on together - a main plot and an underplot; and he that understands only one of them will, in all probability, be the dupe of both. A mistress may rule a monarch, but some obscure favorite may rule the mistress. [ Colton ]

If our eloquence be directed above the heads of our hearers, we shall do no execution. By pointing our arguments low, we stand a chance of hitting their hearts as well as their heads. In addressing angels, we could hardly raise our eloquence too high; but we must remember that men are not angels. [ Colton ]

As in labor, the more one doth exercise, the more one is enabled to do, strength growing upon work; so, with the use of suffering, men's minds get the habit of suffering, and all fears and terrors are to them but as a summons to battle, whereof they know beforehand they shall come off victorious. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

Nor do we accept as genuine the person not characterized by this blushing bashfulness, this youthfulness of heart, this sensibility to the sentiment of suavity and self-respect. Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds. None are truly great without this ornament. [ Alcott ]

The most influential books, and the truest in their influence, are works of fiction. They do not pin the reader to a dogma which he must afterwards discover to be inexact; they do not teach him a lesson which he must afterwards unlearn. They repeat, they rearrange, they clarify the lessons of life. [ R. L, Stevenson ]

By eloquence I understand those appeals to our moral perceptions that produce emotion as soon as they are uttered. This is the very enthusiasm that is the parent of poetry. Let the same man go to his closet and clothe in numbers conceptions full of the same fire and spirit, and they will be poetry. [ Bryant ]

If you attempt to beat a man down and to get his goods for less than a fair price, you are attempting to commit burglary, as much as though you broke into his shop to take the things without paying for them. There is cheating on both sides of the counter, and generally less behind it than before it. [ Beecher ]

The stifled hum of midnight, when traffic has lain down to rest, and the chariot wheels of Vanity, still rolling here and there through distant streets are bearing her to halls roofed in and lighted to the due pitch for her; and only vice and misery, to prowl or to moan like night birds, are abroad. [ Carlyle ]

Extemporaneous and oral harangues will always have this advantage over those that are read from a manuscript: every burst of eloquence or spark of genius they may contain, however studied they may have been beforehand, will appear to the audience to be the effect of the sudden inspiration of talent. [ Colton ]

Nature understands no jesting; she is always true, always serious, always severe; she is always right, and the errors and faults are always those of man. Him who is incapable of appreciating her she despises, and only to the apt, the pure, and the true, does she resign herself and reveal her secrets. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Logic invents as many fallacies as it detects; it is a good weapon, but as liable to be used in a bad as in a good cause. Many of its conclusions, more ingenious than sound, are like the recommendations of a people to keep full bottles, because a good many have been found dead with empty ones by them. [ Bovee ]

Dangers are no more light if they once seem light, and more dangers have deceived men than forced them; nay, it were better to meet some dangers half-way, though they come nothing near, than to keep too long a watch upon their approaches; for if a man watch too long it is odds be will fall fast asleep. [ Bacon ]

There are few thoughts likely to come across ordinary men which have not already been expressed by greater men in the best possible way; and it is a wiser, more generous, more noble thing to remember and point out the perfect words than to invent poorer ones, wherewith to encumber temporarily the world. [ John Ruskin ]

One is more honest in youth, and to the age of thirty years, than when one has passed it. It is only after that age that one's illusions are dispelled. Until then, one resembles the dog that defends the dinner of his master against other dogs: after this period, he takes his share of it with the others. [ Chamfort ]

We may put too high a premium on speech from platform and pulpit; at the bar and in the legislative hall, and pay dear for the whistle of our endless harangues. England, and especially Germany, are less loquacious, and attend more to business. We let the eagle, and perhaps too often the peacock, scream. [ Bartol ]

A literary career is a more thorny path than that which leads to fortune. If you have the misfortune not to rise above mediocrity, you feel mortified for life; and if you are successful, a host of enemies spring up against you. Thus you find yourself on the brink of an abyss between contempt and hatred. [ Voltaire ]

There are circumstances of peculiar difficulty and danger, where a mediocrity of talent is the most fatal quantum that a man can possibly possess. Had Charles the First and Louis the Sixteenth been more wise or more weak, more firm or more yielding, in either case they had both of them saved their heads. [ Colton ]

Morals are of inestimable value, for every man is born crammed with sin microbes, and the only thing that can extirpate these sin microbes is morals. Now you take a sterilized Christian - I mean, you take the sterilized Christian, for there's only one. Dear sir, I wish you wouldn't look at me like that. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

Liberty, and not theology, is the enthusiasm of the nineteenth century. The very men who would once have been conspicuous saints are now conspicuous revolutionists, for while their heroism and disinterestedness are their own, the direction which these qualities take is determined by the pressure of the age. [ H. W. Lecky ]

Addison acknowledged that he would rather inform than divert his reader; but he recollected that a man must be familiar with wisdom before he willingly enters on Seneca and Epictetus. Fiction allures him to the severe task by a gayer preface. Embellished truths are the illuminated alphabet of larger children. [ Willmott ]

Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there. That is the reason why people who live out of town are so uncivilized. There are only two ways of becoming civilized. One is by being cultured, the other is by being corrupt. Country people have no opportunity of being either, so they stagnate. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

The sovereign good of man is a mind that subjects all things to itself and is itself subject to nothing; such a man's pleasures are modest and reserved, and it may be a question whether he goes to heaven, or heaven comes to him; for a good man is influenced by God Himself, and has a kind of divinity within him. [ Seneca ]

We are not fond of praising, and never praise any one except from interested motives. Praise is a clever, concealed, and delicate flattery, which gratifies in different ways the giver and the receiver. The one takes it as a recompense of his merit, and the other bestows it to display his equity and discernment. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Ridicule intrinsically is a small faculty; we may say, the smallest of all faculties that other men are at the pains to repay with any esteem. It is directly opposed to thought, to knowledge, properly so called; its nourishment and essence is denial, which hovers on the surface, while knowledge dwells far below. [ Carlyle ]

Pity is a sense of our own misfortunes in those of another man; it is a sort of foresight of the disasters which may befall ourselves. We assist others, in order that they may assist us on like occasions; so that the services we offer to the unfortunate are in reality so many anticipated kindnesses to ourselves. [ Rochefoucauld ]

The business of the biographer is often to pass slightly over those performances and incidents which produce vulgar greatness, to lead the thoughts into domestic privacies, and display the minute details of daily life, where exterior appendages are cast aside, and men excel each other only by prudence and virtue. [ Dr. Johnson ]

From extensive acquaintance with many lands, I unhesitatingly affirm that everywhere God has provided pure water for man, and that the wines drunk are often miserable and dirty. I have found water everywhere that I have traveled, in China and India, Palestine and Egypt, - and everywhere water has been my beverage. [ Thomas Cook, the Tourist ]

To behold, is not necessary to observe, and the power of comparing and combining is only to be obtained by education. It is much to be regretted that habits of exact observation are not cultivated in our schools; to this deficiency may be traced much of the fallacious reasoning, the false philosophy which prevails. [ Humboldt ]

As a general rule, people who flagrantly pretend to anything are the reverse of that which they pretend to. A man who sets up for a saint is sure to be a sinner; and a man who boasts that he is a sinner is sure to have some feeble, maudlin, snivelling bit of saintship about him which is enough to make him a humbug. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Charms which, like flowers, lie on the surface and always glitter, easily produce vanity; hence women, wits, players, soldiers, are vain, owing to their presence, figure and dress. On the contrary, other excellences, which lie down like gold and are discovered with difficulty, leave their possessors modest and proud. [ Richter ]

There are certain times in our life when we find ourselves in circumstances, that not only press upon us, but seem to weigh us down altogether. They give us, however, not only the opportunity, but they impose on us the duty of elevating ourselves, and thereby fulfilling the purpose of the Divine Being in our creation. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

It is frivolous to fix pedantically the date of particular inventions. They have all been invented over and over fifty times, Man is the arch machine, of which all these shifts drawn from himself are toy models. He helps himself on each emergency by copying or duplicating his own structure, just so far as the need is. [ Emerson ]

A few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind. There are single thoughts that contain the essence of a whole volume, single sentences that have the beauties of a large work, a simplicity so finished and so perfect that it equals in merit and in excellence a large and glorious composition. [ Joubert ]

The effects of opposition are wonderful. There are men who rise refreshed on hearing of a threat; men to whom a crisis which intimidates and paralyzes the majority - demanding, not the faculties of prudence and thrift, but comprehension, immovableness, the readiness of sacrifice - comes graceful and beloved as a bride. [ Emerson ]

Oh, my dear friends, - you who are letting miserable misunderstandings run on from year to year, meaning to clear them up some day, - if you only could know and see and feel that the time is short, how it would break the spell! How you would go instantly and do the thing which you might never have another chance to do! [ Phillips Brooks ]

Hudibras has defined nonsense, as Cowley does wit, by negatives. Nonsense, he says, is that which is neither true nor false. These two great properties of nonsense, which are always essential to it, give it such a peculiar advantage over all other writings, that it is incapable of being either answered or contradicted. [ Addison ]

Now nature is not at variance with art, nor art with nature; they being both the servants of his providence. Art is the perfection of nature. Were the world now as it was the sixth day, there were yet a chaos. Nature hath made one world, and art another. In brief, all things are artificial; for nature is the art of God. [ Sir Thomas Browne ]

Manhood begins when we have, in a way, made truce with necessity; begins, at all events, when we have surrendered to necessity, as the most part only do; but begins joyfully and hopefully only when we have reconciled ourselves to necessity, and thus, in reality, triumphed over it, and felt that in necessity we are free. [ Carlyle ]

The morbid states of health, the irritableness of disposition arising from unstrung nerves, the impatience, the crossness, the fault-finding of men, who, full of morbid influences, are unhappy themselves, and throw the cloud of their troubles like a dark shadow upon others, teach us what eminent duty there is in health. [ Beecher ]

Talk, except as the preparation for work, is worth almost nothing; sometimes it is worth infinitely less than nothing; and becomes, little conscious of playing such a fatal part, the general summary of pretentious nothingnesses, and the chief of all the curses the posterity of Adam are liable to in this sublunary world. [ Carlyle ]

Before dinner men meet with great inequality of understanding; and those who are conscious of their inferiority have the modesty not to talk; when they have drunk wine, every man feels himself happy, and loses that modesty, and grows impudent and vociferous; but he is not improved; he is only not sensible of his defects. [ Johnson ]

Heroes have gone out; quacks have come in; the reign of quacks has not ended with the nineteenth century. The sceptre is held with a firmer grasp; the empire has a wider boundary. We are all the slaves of quackery in one shape or another. Indeed, one portion of our being is always playing the successful quack to the other. [ Carlyle ]

Learn to be good readers, which is perhaps a more difficult thing than you imagine. Learn to be discriminative In your reading; to read faithfully and with your best attention, all kinds of things which you have a real interest in, - a real, not an imaginary - and which you find to be really fit for what you are engaged in. [ Carlyle ]

Writers of novels and romances in general bring a double loss on their readers, - they rob them both of their time and money; representing men, manners and things that never have been, nor are likely to be; either confounding or perverting history and truth, inflating the mind, or committing violence upon the understanding. [ Mary Wortley Montagu ]

Wise men, for the most part, are silent at present, and good men powerless; the senseless vociferate, and the heartless govern; while all social law and providence are dissolved by the enraged agitation of a multitude, among whom every villain has a chance of power, every simpleton of praise, and every scoundrel of fortune. [ John Ruskin ]

A miracle is a supernatural event, whose antecedent forces are beyond our finite vision, whose design is the display of almighty power for the accomplishment of almighty purposes, and whose immediate result, as regards man, is his recognition of God as the Supreme Ruler of all things, and of His will as the only supreme law. [ A. E. Kittredge ]

Every common dauber writes rascal and villain under his pictures, because the pictures themselves have neither character nor resemblance. But the works of a master require no index. His features and coloring are taken from nature. The impression they make is immediate and uniform; nor is it possible to mistake his characters. [ Junius ]

The works of nature and the works of revelation display religion to mankind in characters so large and visible that those who are not quite blind may in them see and read the first principles and most necessary parts of it, and from thence penetrate into those infinite depths filled with the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. [ Locke ]

Motives are symptoms of weakness, and supplements for the deficient energy of the living principle, the law within us. Let them then be reserved for those momentous acts and duties in which the strongest and best balanced natures must feel themselves deficient, and where humility no less than prudence prescribes deliberation. [ Coleridge ]

Every breeze wafts intelligence from country to country, every wave rolls it, all give it forth, and all in turn receive it. There is a vast commerce of ideas, there are marts and exchanges for intellectual discoveries, and a wonderful fellowship of those individual intelligences which make up the mind and opinion of the age. [ Daniel Webster ]

The truths of nature are one eternal change, one infinite variety. There is no bush on the face of the globe exactly like another bush; there are no two trees in the forest whose boughs bend into the same network, nor two leaves on the same tree which could not be told one from the other, nor two waves in the sea exactly alike. [ Ruskin ]

Young men are as apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are to think themselves sober enough. They look upon spirit to be a much better thing than experience; which they call coldness. They are but half mistaken; for though spirit without experience is dangerous, experience without spirit is languid and ineffective. [ Chesterfield ]

The king is but a man, as I am; the violet smells to him as it doth to me; the element shows to him as it doth to me; all his senses have but human conditions; his ceremonies laid by, in his nakedness he appears but a man; and though his affections are higher mounted than ours, yet, when they stoop, they stoop with the like wing. [ William Shakespeare ]

Art is the microscope of the mind, which sharpens the wit as the other does the sight; and converts every object into a little universe in itself. Art may be said to draw aside the veil from nature. To those who are perfectly unskilled in the practice, unimbued with the principles of art, most objects present only a confused mass. [ Hazlitt ]

The gloomy recess of an ecclesiastical library is like a harbor, into which a far-travelling curiosity has sailed with its freight, and cast anchor; the ponderous tomes are bales of the mind's merchandise; odors of distant countries and times steal from the red leaves the swelling ridges of vellum, and the titles in tarnished gold. [ R. A. Willmott ]

Perpetually or Continually? Perpetual means never ceasing, continuing without interruption; continual, of frequent recurrence, etc., with occasional interruptions. Indolent pupils are perpetually failing in the tasks assigned them. Here the proper word is continually. Time is perpetual; frequent disregard of our duties is continual. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

Eloquence is the language of nature, and cannot be learned in the schools; the passions are powerful pleaders, and their very silence, like that of Garrick, goes directly to the soul, but rhetoric is the creature of art, which he who feels least will most excel in; it is the quackery of eloquence, and deals in nostrums, not in cures. [ Colton ]

As there are some flowers which you should smell but slightly to extract all that is pleasant in them, and which, if you do otherwise, emit what is unpleasant and noxious, so there are some men with whom a slight acquaintance is quite sufficient to draw out all that is agreeable; a more intimate one would be unsatisfactory and unsafe. [ Landor ]

Truth does not consist in minute accuracy of detail, but in conveying a right impression; and there are vague ways of speaking that are truer than strict facts would be. When the Psalmist said, "Rivers of water run down mine eyes, because men keep not thy law," he did not state the fact but he stated a truth deeper than fact and truer. [ Dean Alford ]

There is no more potent antidote to low sensuality than the adoration of the beautiful. All the higher arts of design are essentially chaste without respect to the object. They purify the thoughts as tragedy purifies the passions. Their accidental effects are not worth consideration, - there are souls to whom even a vestal is not holy. [ Schlegel ]

The world produces for every pint of honey a gallon of gall, for every dram of pleasure a pound of pain, for every inch of mirth an ell of moan; and as the ivy twines around the oak, so does misery and misfortune encompass the happy man. Felicity, pure and unalloyed felicity, is not a plant of earthly growth: her gardens are the skies. [ Robert Burton ]

Knowledge of books is like that sort of lantern which hides him who carries it, and serves only to pass through secret and gloomy paths of his own; but in the possession of a man of business, it is as a torch in the hand of one who is willing and able to show those who are bewildered, the way which leads to their prosperity and welfare. [ Steele ]

There are two things which help to make music - melody and harmony. Now, as most of you know, there is melody in music when the different sounds of the same tune follow each other so as to give us pleasure; there is harmony in music when different sounds, instead of following each other, come at the same time so as to give us pleasure. [ C. Kingsley ]

Was man made to disdain the gifts of nature? Was he placed on earth but to gather bitter fruits? For whom are the flowers the gods cause to bloom at the feet of mortals? It pleases Providence when we abandon ourselves to the different inclinations that He has given us: our duties come from His laws, and our desires from His inspirations.

Chance never writ a legible book; chance never built a fair house; chance never drew a neat picture; it never did any of these things, nor ever will; nor can it be without absurdity supposed able to do them; which yet are works very gross and rude, very easy and feasible, as it were, in comparison to the production of a flower or a tree. [ Barrow ]

Patron or Customer? These nouns are generally used indiscriminately. A patron is a virtual benefactor; one who countenances, aids, or supports. A customer is a purchaser, or buyer, who expects in return for his money full value received. Hence it is erroneous for a merchant to say, He is a patron of mine, when he means simply a customer. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

Metaphysicians have been learning their lessons for the last four thousand years, and it is high time that they should now begin to teach us something. Can any of the tribe inform us why all the operations of the mind are carried on with undiminished strength and activity in dreams, except the judgment, which alone is suspended and dormant? [ Colton ]

Beauty of form affects the mind, but then it must be understood that it is not the mere shell that we admire; we are attracted by the idea that this shell is only a beautiful case adjusted to the shape and value of a still more beautiful pearl within. The perfection of outward loveliness is the soul shining through its crystalline covering. [ Jane Porter ]

The study of art possesses this great and peculiar charm, that it is absolutely unconnected with the struggles and contests of ordinary life. By private interests, by political questions, men are deeply divided, and set at variance; but beyond and above all such party strifes, they are attracted and united by a taste for the beautiful in art. [ Guizot ]

As it often happens that the best men are but little known, and consequently cannot extend the usefulness of their examples a great way, the biographer is of great utility, as, by communicating such valuable patterns to the world, he may perhaps do a more extensive service to mankind than the person whose life originally afforded the pattern. [ Fielding ]

Nothing makes a woman more esteemed by the opposite sex than chastity; whether it be that we always prize those most who are hardest to come at, or that nothing besides chastity, with its collateral attendants, truth, fidelity, and constancy, gives the man a property in the person he loves, and consequently endears her to him above all things. [ Addison ]

Authors have a greater right than any copyright, though it is generally unacknowledged or disregarded. They have a right to the reader's civility. There are favorable hours for reading a book, as for writing it, and to these the author has a claim. Yet many people think that when they buy a book, they buy with it the right to abuse the author. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

Method, we are aware, is an essential ingredient in every discourse designed for the instruction of mankind; but it ought never to force itself on the attention as an object - never appear to be an end instead of an instrument; or beget a suspicion of the sentiments being introduced for the sake of the method, not the method for the sentiments. [ Robert Hall ]

Quality and title have such allurements that hundreds are ready to give up all their own importance, to cringe. to flatter, to look little, and to pall every pleasure in constraint, merely to be among the great, though without the least hopes of improving their understanding or sharing their generosity. They might be happier among their equals. [ Goldsmith ]

There are so many things to lower a man's top-sails - he is such a dependent creature - he is to pay such court to his stomach, his food, his sleep, his exercise - that, in truth, a hero is an idle word. Man seems formed to be a hero in suffering, not a hero in action. Men err in nothing more than in the estimate which they make of human labor. [ Cecil ]

It is a great mistake to suppose that bribery and corruption, although they may be very convenient for gratifying the ambition or the vanity of individuals, have any great effect upon the fortunes or the power of parties. And it is a great mistake to suppose that bribery and corruption are means by which power can either be obtained or retained. [ Beaconsfield ]

Propriety of thought and propriety of diction are commonly found together. Obscurity and affectation are the two great faults of style. Obscurity of expression generally springs from confusion of ideas; and the same wish to dazzle, at any cost, which produces affectation in the manner of a writer, is likely to produce sophistry in his reasoning. [ Macaulay ]

Under the influence of music we are all deluded in some way; we imagine that the performers must dwell in the regions to which they lift their hearers; we are reluctant to admit that a man may blow the most soul-animating strains from his trumpet and yet be a coward; or melt an audience to tears with his violin, and yet be a heartless profligate. [ H. W. Hillard ]

The fact is, that of all God's gifts to the sight of man, color is the holiest, the most divine, the most solemn, We speak rashly of gay color and sad color, for color cannot at once be good and gay. All good color is in some degree pensive, the loveliest is melancholy, and the purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most. [ Thomas Starr King ]

Though nature is constantly beautiful, she does not exhibit her highest powers of beauty constantly; for then they would satiate us, and pall upon our senses. It is necessary to their appreciation that they should be rarely shown. Her finest touches are things which must be watched for; her most perfect passages of beauty are the most evanescent. [ Ruskin ]

All the poets are indebted more or less to those who have gone before them; even Homer's originality has been questioned, and Virgil owes almost as much to Theocritus, in his Pastorals, as to Homer, in his Heroics; and if our own countryman. Milton, has soared above both Homer and Virgil, it is because he has stolen some feathers from their wings. [ Colton ]

Nature, at all events, humanly speaking, is manifestly very fond of color; for she has made nothing without it. Her skies are blue; her fields, green; her waters vary with her skies; her animals, vegetables, minerals, are all colored. She paints a great many of them in apparently superfluous hues, as if to show the dullest eye how she loves color. [ Leigh Hunt ]

There are so many tender and holy emotions flying about in our inward world, which, like angels, can never assume the body of an outward act; so many rich and lovely flowers spring up which bear no seed, - that it is a happiness poetry was invented, which receives into its limbus all these incorporated spirits and the perfume of all these flowers. [ Richter ]

If I ever opened a trampoline store, I don't think I'd call it Trampo-Land, because you might think it was a store for tramps, which is not the impression we are trying to convey with our store. On the other hand, we would not prohibit tramps from browsing, or testing the trampolines, unless a tramp's gyrations seemed to be getting out of control. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

They that have read about everything are thought to understand everything too; but it is not always so. Reading furnishes the mind only with the materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. We are of the ruminating kind, and it is not enough to cram ourselves with a great load of collections, - we must I chew them over again. [ Channing ]

Whatever strengthens our local attachments is favorable both to individual and national character, our home, our birthplace, our native land. Think for a while what the virtues are which arise out of the feelings connected with these words, and if you have any intellectual eyes, you will then perceive the connection between topography and patriotism. [ Southey ]

Mankind are in the end always governed by superiority of intellectual faculties, and none are more sensible of this than the military profession. When, on my return from Italy, I assumed the dress of the Institute, and associated with men of science, I knew what I was doing: I was sure of not being misunderstood by the lowest drummer boy in the army. [ Napoleon I ]

Facts are to the mind the same thing as food to the body. On the due digestion of facts depends the strength and wisdom of the one, just as vigour and health depend on the other. The wisest in council, the ablest in debate, and the most agreeable in the commerce of life, is that man who has assimilated to his understanding the greatest number of facts. [ Burke ]

We are foolish, and without excuse foolish, in speaking of the superiority of one sex to the other, as if they could be compared in similar things! Each has what the other has not; each completes the other; they are in nothing alike; and the happiness and perfection of both depend on each asking and receiving from the other what the other only can give. [ Ruskin ]

Plutarch tells us of an idle and effeminate Etrurian who found fault with the manner in which Themistocles had conducted a recent campaign. What, said the hero in reply, have you, too, something to say about war, who are like the fish that has a sword, but no heart? He is always the severest censor on the merits of others who has the least worth of his own. [ E. L. Magoon ]

A wise man will select his books, for he would not wish to class them all under the sacred name of friends. Some can be accepted only as acquaintances. The best books of all kinds are taken to the heart, and cherished as his most precious possessions. Others to be chatted with for a time, to spend a few pleasant hours with, and laid aside, but not forgotten. [ Langford ]

Man is so great that his greatness appears even in the consciousness of his misery. A tree does not know itself to be miserable. It is true that it is misery indeed to know one's self to be miserable; but then it is greatness also. In this way, all man's miseries go. to prove his greatness. They are the miseries of a mighty potentate, of a dethroned monarch. [ Pascal ]

A book becomes a mirror, with the author's face shining over it. Talent only gives an imperfect image, - the broken glimmer of a countenance. But the features of genius remain unruffled. Time guards the shadow. Beauty, the spiritual Venus, - whose children are the Tassos, the Spensers, the Bacons, - breathes the magic of her love, and fixes the face forever. [ Willmott ]

So near are the boundaries of panegyric and invective, that a worn-out sinner is sometimes found to make the best declaimer against sin. The same high-seasoned descriptions which in his unregenerate state served to inflame his appetites, in his new province of a moralist will serve him (a little turned) to expose the enormity of those appetites in other men. [ Lamb ]

Pity and forbearance, and long-sufferance and fair interpretation, and excusing our brother, and taking in the best sense, and passing the gentlest sentence, are as certainly our duty, and owing to every person that does offend and can repent, as calling to account can be owing to the law, and are first to be paid; and he that does not so is an unjust person. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

It is a mathematical demonstration, that these twenty-six letters admit of so many changes in their order, and make such a long roll of differently-ranged alphabets, not two of which are alike, that they could not all be exhausted though a million millions of writers should each write above a thousand alphabets a day for the space of a million millions of years. [ R. Bentley ]

The most influential books, and the truest in their influence, are works of fiction. They repeat, they re-arrange, they clarify the lessons of life; they disengage us from ourselves, they constrain us to the acquaintance of others; and they show us the web of experience, but with a singular change - that monstrous, consuming ego of ours being, nonce, struck out. [ Robert Louis Stevenson ]

The habit of reading is the only enjoyment I know in which there is no alloy. It lasts when all other pleasures fade. It will be there to support you when all other resources are gone. It will be present to you when the energies of your body have fallen away from you. It will last you until your death. It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live. [ Trollope ]

After having said, read, and written what we have of women, what is the fact? In good faith, it is this: they are handsomer, more amiable, more essential, more worthy, and have more sensibility than we. All the faults that we reproach in them do not cause as much evil as one of ours. And, then, are their faults not due to our despotism, injustice, and self-love? [ Prince de Ligne ]

A sense of humor is a saving grace, and happy is that woman who has been blessed by birth with that rare sixth sense of seeing the funny side. If you have it naturally, be gladly grateful, for it is a greater gift than beauty or riches. It means cheerfulness, contentment, courage and, possessing it, you are equipped with a potent weapon against the blows of fate. [ Unknown ]

People are always talking about originality; but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world begins to work upon us; and this goes on to the end. And after all, what can we call our own, except energy, strength, and will? If I could give an account of all that I owe to great predecessors and contemporaries, there would be but a small balance in my favor. [ Goethe ]

The unaffected of every country nearly resemble each other, and a page of our Confucius and your Tillotson have scarce any material difference. Paltry affectation, strained allusions, and disgusting finery are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; they are but too frequently the badges of ignorance or of stupidity, whenever it would endeavor to please. [ Goldsmith ]

Nominate or Name? To nominate is to mention for a specific purpose. To name is to mention for a general purpose. Persons only are nominated; things, as well as persons, are named. To be nominated is a public act; to be named is generally private. To be nominated is always an honor; to be named may, according to circumstances, be either honorable or dishonorable. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

The powers of music are felt or known by all men, and are allowed to work strangely upon the mind and the body, the passions and the blood; to raise joy and grief; to give pleasure and pain; to cure diseases, and the mortal sting of the tarantula; to give motions to the feet as well as the heart; to compose disturbed thoughts; to assist and heighten devotion itself. [ Sir W. Temple ]

There are three wicks you know to the lamp of a man's life: brain, blood, and breath. Press the brain a little, its light goes out, followed by both the others. Stop the heart a minute, and out go all three of the wicks. Choke the air out of the lungs, and presently the fluid ceases to supply the other centers of flame, and all is soon stagnation, cold, and darkness. [ O. W. Holmes ]

Men that look no further than their outsides, think health an appurtenance unto life, and quarrel with their constitutions for being sick; but I that have examined the parts of man, and know upon what tender filaments that fabric hangs, do wonder that we are not always so; and considering the thousand doors that lead to death, do thank my God that we can die but once. [ Sir Thomas Browns ]

I never had the courage to talk across a long, narrow room I should be at the end of the room facing all the audience. If I attempt to talk across a room I find myself turning this way and that, and thus at alternate periods I have part of the audience behind me. You ought never to have any part of the audience behind you; you never can tell what they are going to do. [ Mark Twain, from his speech Courage ]

There is still a real magic in the action and reaction of minds on one another. The casual deliration of a few becomes, by this mysterious reverberation, the frenzy of many; men lose the use, not only of their understandings, but of their bodily senses; while the most obdurate unbelieving hearts melt like the rest in the furnace where all are cast as victims and as fuel. [ Carlyle ]

Whatever of goodness emanates from the soul, gathers its soft halo in the eyes; and if the heart be a lurking place of crime, the eyes are sure to betray the secret. A beautiful eye makes silence eloquent, a kind eye makes contradiction assent, an enraged eye makes beauty a deformity; so you see, forsooth, the little organ plays no inconsiderable, if not a dominant, part. [ Frederick Saunders ]

If you're a Thanksgiving dinner, but you don't like the stuffing or the cranberry sauce or anything else, just pretend like you're eating it, but instead, put it all in your lap and form it into a big mushy ball. Then, later, when you're out back having cigars with the boys, let out a big fake cough and throw the ball to the ground. Then say, Boy, these are good cigars! [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

The language of the heart - the language which comes from the heart and goes to the heart - is always simple, always graceful, and always full of power, but no art of rhetoric can teach it. It is at once the easiest and most difficult language - difficult, since it needs a heart to speak it; easy, because its periods though rounded and full of harmony, are still unstudied. [ Bovee ]

The man whose bosom neither riches nor luxury nor grandeur can render happy may, with a book in his hand, forget all his torments under the friendly shade of every tree; and experience pleasures as infinite as they are varied, as pure as they are lasting, as lively as they are unfading, and as compatible with every public duty as they are contributory to private happiness. [ Zimmermann ]

We must have kings, we must have nobles; nature is always providing such in every society; only let us have the real instead of the titular. In every society some are born to rule, and some to advise. The chief is the chief all the world over, only not his cap and plume. It is only this dislike of the pretender which makes men sometimes unjust to the true and finished man. [ Emerson ]

There is no moment like the present: not only so, but moreover, there is no moment at all, that is, no instant force and energy, but in the present. The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards; they will be dissipated, lost, and perish in the hurry and skurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence. [ Miss Edgeworth ]

There is scare any lot so low, but there is something in it to satisfy the man whom it has befallen, Providence having so ordered things, that in every man's cup how bitter soever, there are some cordial drops, some good circumstances, which if wisely extracted, are sufficient for the purpose he wants them, that is, to make him contented, and if not happy, at least resigned. [ Sterne ]

The little flower which sprung up through the hard pavement of poor Picciola's prison was beautiful from contrast with the dreary sterility which surrounded it. So here amid rough walls, are there fresh tokens of nature. And O, the beautiful lessons which flowers teach to children, especially in the city! The child's mind can grasp with ease the delicate suggestions of flowers. [ Chapin ]

When I consider what some books have done for the world, and what they are doing, how they keep up our hope, awaken new courage and faith, soothe pain, give an ideal life to those whose hours are cold and hard, bind together distant ages and foreign lands, create new worlds of beauty, bring down truth from heaven; I give eternal blessings for this gift, and thank God for books. [ James Freeman Clarke ]

There is nothing so remote from vanity as true genius. It is almost as natural for those who are endowed with the highest powers of the human mind to produce the miracles of art, as for other men to breathe or move. Correggio, who is said to have produced some of his divinest works almost without having seen a picture, probably did not know that he had done anything extraordinary. [ Hazlitt ]

All are to be men of genius in their degree, - rivulets or rivers, it does not matter, so that the souls be clear and pure; not dead walls encompassing dead heaps of things, known and numbered, but running waters in the sweet wilderness of things unnumbered and unknown, conscious only of the living banks, on which they partly refresh and partly reflect the flowers, and so pass on. [ Ruskin ]

That great mystery of time, were there no other; the illimitable, silent never-resting thing called time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent like an all-embracing oceantide, on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are and then are not - this is for ever very literally a miracle, a thing to strike us dumb; for we have no word to speak about it. [ Carlyle ]

The little flower which sprung up through the hard payment of poor Picciola's prison, was beautiful from contrast with the dreary sterility which surrounded it. So here, amid the rough walls, are there fresh tokens of nature; and oh, the beautiful lessons which flowers teach to children, especially in the city! The child's mind can grasp with ease the delicate suggestions of flowers. [ E. H. Chapin ]

If I am allowed to give a metaphorical allusion to the future state of the blessed, I should imagine it by the orange-grove in that sheltered glen on which the sun is now beginning to shine, and of which the trees are, at the same time, loaded with sweet golden fruit and balmy silver flowers. Such objects may well portray a state in which hope and fruition become one eternal feeling. [ Sir H. Davy ]

We frequently fall into error and folly, not because the true principles of action are not known, but because for a time they are not remembered; he may, therefore, justly be numbered among the benefactors of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences that may early be impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollection to occur habitually to the mind. [ Johnson ]

Living authors, therefore, are usually bad companions. If they have not gained character, they seek to do so by methods often ridiculous, always disgusting; and if they have established a character, they are silent for fear of losing by their tongue what they have acquired by their pen - for many authors converse much more foolishly than Goldsmith, who have never written half so well. [ Colton ]

Where are Shakespeare's imagination, Bacon's learning, Galileo's dream? Where is the sweet fancy of Sidney, the airy spirit of Fletcher, and Milton's thought severe? Methinks such things should not die and dissipate, when a hair can live for centuries, and a brick of Egypt will last three thousand years. I am content to believe that the mind of man survives, somehow or other, his clay. [ Barry Cornwall ]

Pride differs in many things from vanity, and by gradations that never blend, although they may be somewhat indistinguishable. Pride may perhaps be termed a too high opinion of ourselves founded on the overrating of certain qualities that we do actually possess; whereas vanity is more easily satisfied, and can extract a feeling of self-complacency from qualifications that are imaginary. [ Colton ]

In former days various superstitious rites were used to exorcise evil spirits, but in our times the same object is attained, and beyond comparison more effectually, by the press; before this talisman, ghosts, vampires, witches, and all their kindred tribes are driven from the land, never to return again; the touch of holy water is not so intolerable to them as the smell of printing ink. [ J. Bentham ]

If flowers have souls, said Undine, the bees, whose nurses they are, must seem to them darling children at the breast. I once fancied a paradise for the spirits of departed flowers. They go, answered I, not into paradise, but into a middle state; the souls of lilies enter into maidens' foreheads, those of hyacinths and forget-me-nots dwell in their eyes, and those of roses in their lips. [ Richter ]

It deserves to be considered that boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences. Whence it is bad in council though good in execution. The right use of bold persons, therefore, is that they never command in chief, but serve as seconds, under the direction of others. For in council it is good to see dangers, and in execution not to see them unless they are very great. [ Bacon ]

A woman at middle age retains nothing of the pettiness of youth; she is a friend who gives you all the feminine delicacies, who displays all the graces, all the prepossessions which Nature has given to woman to please man, but who no longer sells these qualities. She is hateful or lovable, according to her pretensions to youth, whether they exist under the epidermis or whether they are dead. [ Balzac ]

Lord Bacon told Sir Edward Coke when he boasted, The less you speak of your greatness, the more I shall think of it. Mirrors are the accompaniments of dandies, not heroes. The men of history were not perpetually looking in the glass to make sure of their own size. Absorbed in their work they did it, and did it so well that the wondering world saw them to be great, and labeled them accordingly. [ Rev. S. Coley ]

The perfection of an art consists in the employment of a comprehensive system of laws, commensurate to every purpose within its scope, but concealed from the eye of the spectator; and in the production of effects that seem to flow forth spontaneously, as though uncontrolled by their influence, and which are equally excellent, whether regarded individually, or in reference to the proposed result, [ John Mason Good ]

It is particularly worth observation that the more we magnify, by the assistance of glasses, the works of nature, the more regular and beautiful they appear, while it is quite different in respect to those of art, for when they are examined through a microscope we are astonished to find them so rough, so coarse and uneven, although they have been done with all imaginable care, by the best workmen. [ Sterne ]

It is not every man that can afford to wear a shabby coat; and worldly wisdom dictates to her disciples the propriety of dressing somewhat beyond their means, but of living somewhat within them, - for every one sees how we dress, but none see how we live, except we choose to let them. But the truly great are, by universal suffrage, exempted from these trammels, and may live or dress as they please. [ Colton ]

Those that are the loudest in their threats are the weakest in the execution of them. In springing a mine, that which has done the most extensive mischief makes the smallest report; and again, if we consider the effect of lightning, it is probable that he that is killed by it hears no noise; but the thunderclap which follows, and which I most alarms the ignorant, is the surest proof of their safety. [ Colton ]

It is like the Greek fire used in ancient warfare, which burnt unquenched beneath the water; or like the weeds which, when you have extirpated them in one place, are sprouting forth vigorously in another spot, at the distance of many hundred yards; or, to use the metaphor of St. James, it is like the wheel which catches fire as it goes, and burns with fiercer conflagration as its own speed increases. [ F. W. Robertson ]

There have been many men who left behind them that which hundreds of years have not worn out. The earth has Socrates and Plato to this day. The world is richer yet by Moses and the old prophets than by the wisest statesmen. We are indebted to the past. We stand in the greatness of ages that are gone rather than in that of our own. But of how many of us shall it be said that, being dead, we yet speak? [ Beecher ]

What a lesson, indeed, is all history and all life to the folly and fruitlessness of pride! The Egyptian kings had their embalmed bodies preserved in massive pyramids, to obtain an earthly immortality. In the seventeenth century they were sold as quack medicines, and now they are burnt for fuel! The Egyptian mummies, which Cambyses or time hath spared, avarice now consumeth. Mummy is become merchandise. [ Whipple ]

In eloquence, the great triumphs of the art are when the orator is lifted above himself; when consciously he makes himself the mere tongue of the occasion and the hour, and says what cannot but be said. Hence the term abandonment, to describe the self-surrender of the orator. Not his will, but the principle on which he is horsed, the great connection and crisis of events, thunder in the ear of the crowd. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The light of the sun, the light of the moon, and the light of the air, in nature and substance are one and the same light, and yet they are there distinct lights: the light of the sun being of itself, and from none; the light of the moon from the sun; and the light of the air from them both. So the Divine Nature is one, and the persons three; subsisting, after a diverse manner, in one and the same Nature. [ R. Newton ]

O God, whom the world misjudges, and whom everything declares! listen to the last words that my lips pronounce! If I have wandered, it was in seeking Thy law. My heart may go astray, but it is full of Thee! I see, without alarm, eternity appear; and I can not think that a God who has given me life, that a God who has poured so many blessings on my days, will, now that my days are done, torment me for ever! [ The last prayer of Voltaire ]

Almost all men are over-anxious. No sooner do they enter the world than they lose that taste for natural and simple pleasures so remarkable in early life. Every hour do they ask themselves what progress they have made in the pursuit of wealth or honor; and on they go as their fathers went before them, till, weary and sick at heart, they look back with a sigh of regret to the golden time of their childhood. [ Rogers ]

Poetical taste is the only magician whose wand is not broken. No hand, except its own, can dissolve the fabric of beauty in which it dwells. Genii, unknown to Arabian fable, wait at the portal. Whatever is most precious from the loom or the mine of fancy is poured at its feet. Love, purified by contemplation, visits and cheers it; unseen musicians are heard in the dark; it is Psyche in the palace of Cupid. [ Willmott ]

We acquire the love of people who, being in our proximity, are presumed to know us; and we receive reputation or celebrity, from such as are not personally acquainted with us. Merit secures to us the regard of our honest neighbors, and good fortune that of the public. Esteem is the harvest of a whole life spent in usefulness; but reputation is often bestowed upon a chance action, and depends most on success. [ G. A. Sala ]

Whosoever shall look heedfully upon those who are eminent for their riches will not think their condition such as that he should hazard his quiet, and much less his virtue, to obtain it, for all that great wealth generally gives above a moderate fortune is more room for the freaks of caprice, and more privilege for ignorance and vice, a quicker succession of flatteries, and a larger circle of voluptuousness. [ Johnson ]

Health is certainly more valuable than money; because it is by health that money is procured; but thousands and millions are of small avail to alleviate the protracted tortures of the gout, to repair the broken organs of sense, or resuscitate the powers of digestion. Poverty is, indeed, an evil from which we naturally fly, but let us not run from one enemy to another, nor take shelter in the arms of sickness. [ Johnson ]

The refining influence is the study of art, which is the science of beauty; and I find that every man values every scrap of knowledge in art, every observation of his own in it, every hint he has caught from another. For the laws of beauty are the beauty of beauty, and give the mind the same or a higher joy than the sight of it gives the senses. The study of art is of high value to the growth of the intellect. [ Emerson ]

Society is infected with rude, cynical, restless, and frivolous persons who prey upon the rest, and whom no public opinion concentrated into good manners, forms accepted by the sense of all, can reach; the contradictors and railers at public and private tables, who are like terriers, who conceive it the duty of a dog of honor to growl at any passer-by, and do the honors of the house by barking him out of sight. [ Emerson ]

A composition which dazzles at first sight by gaudy epithets, or brilliant turns of expression, or glittering trains of imagery, may fade gradually from the mind, leaving no enduring impression. Words which flow fresh and warm from a full heart, and which are instinct with the life and breath of human feeling, pass into household memories, and partake of the immortality of the affections from which they spring. [ Whipple ]

The misery of human life is made up of large masses, each separated from the other by certain intervals. One year the death of a child; years after, a failure in trade; after another longer or shorter interval, a daughter may have married unhappily; in all - but the singularly unfortunate, the integral parts that compose the sum-total of the unhappiness of a man's life are easily counted and distinctly remembered. [ Coleridge ]

We must have books for recreation and entertainment, as well as books for instruction and for business; the former are agreeable, the latter useful, and the human mind requires both. The cannon law and the codes of Justinian shall have due honor, and reign at the universities; but Homer and Virgil need not therefore be banished. We will cultivate the olive and the vine, but without eradicating the myrtle and the rose. [ Balzac ]

Calumny is a monstrous vice: for, where parties indulge in it, there are always two that are actively engaged in doing wrong, and one who is subject to injury. The calumniator inflicts wrong by slandering the absent; he who gives credit to the calumny before he has investigated the truth is equally implicated. The person traduced is doubly injured - first by him who propagates, and secondly by him who credits the calumny. [ Heroidotus ]

Nothing raises the price of a blessing like its removal; whereas it was its continuance which should have taught us its value. There are three requisitions to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings, - a thankful reflection on the goodness of the Giver, a deep sense of our unworthiness, a recollection of the uncertainty of long possessing them. The first would make us grateful; the second, humble; and the third, moderate. [ Hannah More ]

As monarchs have a right to call in the specie of a state, and raise its value, by their own impression; so are there certain prerogative geniuses, who are above plagiaries, who cannot be said to steal, but, from their improvement of a thought, rather to borrow it, and repay the commonwealth of letters with interest again; and may more properly be said to adopt, than to kidnap a sentiment, by leaving it heir to their own fame. [ Sterne ]

I would rather have a young fellow too much than too little dressed; the excess on that side will wear off, with a little age and reflection; but if he is negligent at twenty, he will be a sloven at forty, and stink at fifty years old. Dress yourself fine where others are fine, and plain where others are plain; but take care always that your clothes are well made and fit you, for otherwise they will give you a very awkward air. [ Chesterfield ]

After all there is a weariness that cannot be prevented. It will come on. The work brings it on. The cross brings it on. Sometimes the very walk with God brings it on, for the flesh is weak; and at such moments we hear softer and sweeter than it ever floated in the wondrous air of Mendelssohn, O rest in the Lord, for it has the sound of an immortal requiem: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors. [ James Hamilton ]

Art, not less eloquently than literature, teaches her children to venerate the single eye. Remember Matsys. His representations of miser-life are breathing. A forfeited bond twinkles in the hard smile. But follow him to an altar-piece. His Apostle has caught a stray tint from his usurer. Features of exquisite beauty are seen and loved; but the old nature of avarice frets under the glow of devotion. Pathos staggers on the edge of farce. [ Willmott ]

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. It depends on the mood of the man, whether he shall see the sunset or the fine poem. There are always sunsets, and there is always genius; but only a few hours so serene that we can relish nature or criticism. The more or less depends on structure or temperament. Temperament is the iron wire on which the beads are strung. Of what use is fortune or talent to a cold and defective nature? [ Emerson ]

Courage, by keeping the senses quiet, and the understanding clear, puts us in a condition to receive true intelligence, to make just computations upon danger, and pronounce rightly upon that which threatens us. Innocence of life, consciousness of worth, and great expectations, are the best foundations of courage. These ingredients make a richer cordial than youth can prepare. They warm the heart at eighty, and seldom fail in operation. [ Collier ]

Business is religion, and religion is business. The man who does not make a business of his religion has a religious life of no force, and the man who does not make a religion of his business has a business life of no character.
The world is God's workshop; the raw materials are His; the ideals and patterns are His; our hands are "the members of Christ," our reward His recognition. Blacksmith or banker, draughtsman or doctor, painter or preacher, servant or statesman, must work as unto the Lord, not merely making a living, but devoting a life. This makes life sacramental, turning its water into wine. This is twice blessed, blessing both the worker and the work. [ Maltbie Babcock ]

As long as there are cold and nakedness in the land around you, so long can there be no question at all but that splendor of dress is a crime. In due time, when we have nothing better to set people to work at, it may be right to let them make lace and cut jewels; but as long as there are any who have no blankets for their beds, and no rags for their bodies, so long it is blanketmaking and tailoring we must set people to work at, not lace. [ Ruskin ]

When I gaze into the stars, they look down upon me with pity from their serene and silent spaces, like eyes glistening with tears over the little lot of man. Thousands of generations, all as noisy as our own, have been swallowed up by time, and there remains no record of them any more. Yet Arcturus and Orion, Sirius and Pleiades, are still shining in their courses, clear and young, as when the shepherd first noted them in the plain of Shinar! [ Carlyle ]

Good taste is essentially a moral quality. Taste is not only a part and an index of morality — it is the only morality. The first, last, and closest trial question to any living creature is, What do you like? - and the entire object of true education is to make people not merely do right things, but enjoy the right things. What we like determines what we are, and is the sign of what we are; and to teach taste is inevitably to form character. [ Ruskin ]

Eyes are bold as lions, roving, running, leaping, here and there, far and near. They speak all languages; they wait for no introduction; they are no Englishmen; ask no leave of age or rank; they respect neither poverty nor riches, neither learning nor power, nor virtue, nor sex, but intrude, and come again, and go through and through you in a moment of time. What inundation of life and thought is discharged from one soul into another through them! [ Emerson ]

Superstition is the fear of a spirit whose passions and acts are those of a man, who is present in some places, and not in others; who makes some places holy, and not others; who is kind to one person, and unkind to another; who is pleased or angry according to the degree of attention you pay him, or praise you refuse him; who is hostile generally to human pleasure, but may be bribed by sacrificing a part of that pleasure into permitting the rest. [ John Ruskin ]

Young people are dazzled by the brilliancy of antithesis, and employ it. Matter-of-fact men, and those who like precision, naturally fall into comparisons and metaphor. Sprightly natures, full of fire, and whom a boundless imagination carries beyond all rules, and even what is reasonable, cannot rest satisfied even with hyperbole. As for the sublime, it is only great geniuses and those of the very highest order that are able to rise to its height. [ Bruyere ]

How fitting to have every day, in a vase of water on your table, the wild flowers of the season which are just blossoming. Can any house be said to be furnished without them? Shall we be so forward to pluck the fruits of Nature and neglect her flowers? These are surely her finest influences. So may the season suggest the thoughts it is fitted to suggest. Let me know what pictures Nature is painting, what poetry she is writing, what ode composing now. [ Thoreau ]

If I were to choose the people with whom I would spend my hours of conversation, they should be certainly such as labored no further than to make themselves readily and clearly apprehended, and would have patience and curiosity to understand me. To have good sense and ability to express it are the most essential and necessary qualities in companions. When thoughts rise in us fit to utter among familiar friends, there needs but very little care in clothing them. [ Steele ]

Rare almost as great poets, rarer, perhaps, than veritable saints and martyrs, are consummate men of business. A man, to be excellent in this way, requires a great knowledge of character, with that exquisite tact which feels unerringly the right moment when to act. A discreet rapidity must pervade all the movements of his thought and action. He must be singularly free from vanity, and is generally found to be an enthusiast who has the art to conceal his enthusiasm. [ Helps ]

How the universal heart of man blesses flowers! They are wreathed round the cradle, the marriage altar, and the tomb; all these are appropriate uses. Flowers should deck the brow of the youthful bride, for they are in themselves a lovely type of marriage; they should twine round the tomb, for their perpetually renewed beauty is a symbol of the resurrection; they should festoon the altar, for their fragrance and their beauty ascend in perpetual worship before the Most High. [ Mrs. L. M. Child ]

There are chords in the human heart - strange varying strings - which are only struck by accident; which will remain mute and senseless to appeals the most passionate and earnest, and respond at last to the slightest casual touch. In the most insensible or childish minds there is some train of reflection which art can seldom lead or skill assist, but which will reveal itself, as great truths have done, by chance, and when the discoverer has the plainest and simplest end in view. [ Dickens ]

We have no permanent habits until we are forty. Then they begin to harden, presently they petrify, then business begins. Since forty I have been regular about going to bed and getting up - and that is one of the main things. I have made it a rule to go to bed when there wasn't anybody left to sit up with; and I have made it a rule to get up when I had to. This has resulted in an unswerving regularity of irregularity. It has saved me sound, but it would injure another person. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

It is not to taste sweet things, but to do noble and true things, and vindicate himself under God's heaven as a God-made man, that the poorest son of Adam dimly longs. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest day-drudge kindles into a hero. They wrong man greatly who say he is to be seduced by ease. Difficulty, abnegation, martyrdom, death, are the allurements that act on the heart of man. Kindle the inner genial life of him, you have a flame that burns up all lower considerations. [ Carlyle ]

Throughout the pages of history we are struck with the fact that our remarkable men possessed mothers of uncommon talents for good or bad, and great energy of character; it would almost seem from this circumstance, that the impress of the mother is more frequently stamped on the boy, and that of the father upon the girl - we mean the mental intellectual impress, in distinction from the physical ones. Mothers will do well to remember that their impress is often stamped upon their sons. [ Helen Mar ]

Business in a certain sort of men is a mark of understanding, and they are honored for it. Their souls seek repose in agitation, as children do by being rocked in a cradle. They may pronounce themselves as serviceable to their friends as troublesome to themselves. No one distributes his money to others, but every one therein distributes his time and his life. There is nothing of which we are so prodigal as of those two things, of which to be thrifty would be both commendable and useful. [ Montaigne ]

Men cannot labor on always. They must have intervals of relaxation. They cannot sleep through these interTafs. What are they to do? Why, if they do not work or sleep, they must have recreation. And if they have not recreation from healthful sources, they will be very likely to take it from the poisoned fountains of intemperance. Or, if they have pleasures, which, though innocent, are forbidden by the maxims of public morality, their very pleasures are liable to become poisoned fountains. [ Orville Dewey ]

There are many persons of combative tendencies, who read for ammunition, and dig out of the Bible iron for balls. They read, and they find nitre and charcoal and sulphur for powder. They read, and they find cannon. They read, and they make portholes and embrasures. And if a man does not believe as they do, they look upon him as an enemy, and let fly the Bible at him to demolish him. So men turn the word of God into a vast arsenal, filled with all manner of weapons, offensive and defensive. [ H. W. Beecher ]

When the desire of wealth is taking hold of the heart, let us look round and see how it operates upon those whose industry or fortune has obtained it. When we find them oppressed with their own abundance, luxurious with out pleasure, idle without ease, impatient and querulous in themselves, and despised or hated by the rest of mankind, we shall soon be convinced that if the real wants of our condition are satisfied, there remains little to be sought with solicitude or desired with eagerness. [ Dr. Johnson ]

The receipt to make a speaker, and an applauded one too, is short and easy. Take commonsense quantum sufficit (in sufficient quantity); add a little application to the rules and orders of the House of Commons, throw obvious thoughts in a new light, and make up the whole with a large quantity of purity, correctness and elegancy of style. Take it for granted that by far the greatest part of mankind neither analyze nor search to the bottom; they are incapable of penetrating deeper than the surface. [ Chesterfield ]

Over Under. These words have various meanings besides the designation of mere locality, and are often misapplied. The terms under oath, under hand and seal, under arms, under his own signature, etc., are fully established and authorized forms of expression, which do not concern the relative positions of the persons and things indicated, but are idiomatic. Hence, over his own signature, is an unjustifiable phrase, despite the fact that the signature is really at the bottom of the instrument signed. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

Consistent characters are those which in social intercourse are easy, sure, and gentle. We do not clash with them, and they are never wanting nor contradictory to themselves; their stability incites confidence, their frankness induces self-surrendering openness. We feel at ease with them, we are not offended at their superiority, doubtless we admire them less, but we also hardly dream of feeling envious of them, and they seem almost to disdain malignity by the peaceful influence of their presence. [ Degerando ]

When the dusk of evening had come on, and not a sound disturbed the sacred stillness of the place, - when the bright moon poured in her light on tomb and monument, on pillar, wall, and arch, and most of all (it seemed to them) upon her quiet grave, - in that calm time, when all outward things and inward thoughts teem with assurances of immortality, and worldly hopes and fears are humbled in the dust before them, - then, with tranquil and submissive hearts they turned away, and left the child with God. [ Dickens ]

Either we have an immortal soul, or we have not. If we have not, we are beasts, - the ifirst and the wisest of beasts, it may be, but still true beasts. We shall only differ in degree and not in kind, - just as the elephant differs from the slug. But by the concession of the materialists of all the schools, or almost all, we are not of the same kind as beasts, and this also we say from our own consciousness. Therefore, methinks, it must be the possession of the soul within us that makes the difference. [ Coleridge ]

When I behold a fashionable table set out in all its magnificence, I fancy that I see gouts and dropsies, fevers and lethargies, with other innumerable distempers lying in ambuscade among the dishes. Nature delights in the most plain and simple diet. Every animal but man keeps to one dish. Herbs are the food of this species, fish of that, and flesh of a third. Man falls upon everything that comes in his way; not the smallest fruit or excrescence of the earth, scarce a berry or a mushroom can escape him. [ Addison ]

The names of great painters are like passing-bells: in the name of Velasquez you hear sounded the fall of Spain; in the name of Titian, that of Venice; in the name of Leonardo, that of Milan; in the name of Raphael, that of Rome. And there is profound justice in this, for in proportion to the nobleness of the power is the guilt of its use for purposes vain or vile; and hitherto the greater the art, the more surely has it been used, and used solely, for the decoration of pride or the provoking of sensuality. [ Ruskin ]

No process is so fatal as that which would cast all men in one mould. Every human being is intended to have a character of his own, to be what no other is, to do what no other can do. Our common nature is to be unfolded in unbounded diversities. It is rich enough for infinite manifestations. It is to wear innumerable forms of beauty and glory. Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influences to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach. [ Channing ]

We cannot describe the natural history of the soul, but we know that it is divine. All things are known to the soul. It is not to be surprised by any communication. Nothing can be greater than it. Let those fear and those fawn who will. The soul is in her native realm; and it is wider than space, older than time, wide as hope, rich as love. Pusillanimity and fear she refuses with a beautiful scorn; they are not for her who putteth on her coronation robes, and goes out through universal love to universal power. [ Emerson ]

Whatever we may say against such collections which present authors in a disjointed form, they nevertheless bring about many excellent results. We are not always so composed, so full of wisdom, that we are able to take in at once the whole scope of a work according to its merits. Do we not mark in a book passages which seem, to have a direct reference to ourselves? Young people especially, who have failed in acquiring a complete cultivation of the mind, are roused in a praiseworthy way by brilliant quotations." [ Goethe ]

Let us now suppose that in the mind of each man there is an aviary of all sorts of birds some flocking together apart from the rest, others in small groups, others solitary, flying anywhere and everywhere. . . . We may suppose that the birds are kinds of knowledge, and that when we were children, this receptacle was empty; whenever a man has gotten and detained in the enclosure a kind of knowledge, he may be said to have learned or discovered the thing which is the subject of the knowledge: and this is to know. [ Dialogues, Theaetetus ]

When we turn away from some duty or some fellow-creature, saying that our hearts are too sick and sore with some great yearning of our own, we may often sever the line on which a Divine message was coming to us. We shut out the man, and we shut out the angel who had sent him on to open the door . . . There is a plan working in our lives; and if we keep our hearts quiet and our eyes open, it all works together; and, if we don't, it all fights together, and goes on fighting till it comes right, somehow, somewhere. [ Annie Keary ]

The grandest operations, both in nature and in grace, are the most silent and imperceptible. The shallow brook babbles in its passage, and is heard by every one; but the coming on of the seasons is silent and unseen. The storm rages and alarms, but its fury is soon exhausted, and its effects are partial and soon remedied; but the dew, though gentle and unheard, is immense in quantity, and the very life of large portions of the earth. And these are pictures of the operations of grace in the church and in the soul. [ Cecil ]

Who can fathom the depth of a mother's love! No friendship so pure, so devoted; the wild storm of adversity and the bright sunshine of prosperity are all alike to her; however unworthy we may be of that affection, a mother never ceases to love her erring child. Often, when alone, as we gaze up to the starry heaven, can we in imagination catch a glimpse of the angels around the great white throne, and among the brightest and fairest of them all is our sweet mother, ever beckoning us onward and upward to her celestial home. [ R. Smith ]

Gratitude is a link between justice and love. It discharges by means of affections those debts which the affections only can discharge, and which are so much the more sacred for this reason. Gratitude never springs up in the soil of selfishness, for self-interest in its eagerness to appropriate is unable to understand the impulses of generosity or to measure the true value of the gift. And, when we do understand it, we must love much to be willing to accept, we refuse when we love but little. Gratitude is the justice of the heart. [ Degerando ]

Wisdom is a fox who, after long hunting, will at last cost you the pains to dig out; it is a cheese, which, by how much the richer, has the thicker, the homlier, and the coarser coat; and whereof to a judicious palate, the maggots are best. It is a sack posset, wherein the deeper you go, you'll find it the sweeter. Wisdom is a hen, whose cackling we must value and consider, because it is attended with an egg. But lastly, it is a nut, which, unless you choose with judgment, may cost you a tooth, and pay you with nothing but a worm. [ Swift ]

Two things a master commits to his servant's care - the child and the child's clothes. It will be a poor excuse for the servant to say, at his master's return, Sir, here are all the child's clothes, neat and clean, but the child is lost. Much so of the account that many will give to God of their souls and bodies at the great day. Lord, here is my body; I am very grateful for it; I neglected nothing that belonged to its contents and welfare; but as for my soul, that is lost and cast away forever. I took little care and thought about it. [ John Flavel ]

He who expects from a great name in politics, in philosophy, in art, equal greatness in other things, is little versed in human nature. Our strength lies in our weakness. The learned in books are ignorant of the world. He who is ignorant of books is often well acquainted with other things; for life is of the same length in the learned and unlearned; the mind cannot be idle; if it is not taken up with one thing, it attends to another through choice or necessity; and the degree of previous capacity in one class or another is a mere lottery. [ Hazlitt ]

Some authors write nonsense in a clear style, and others sense in an obscure one; some can reason without being able to persuade, others can persuade without being able to reason; some dive so deep that they descend into darkness, and others soar so high that they give us no light; and some, in a vain attempt to be cutting and dry, give us only that which is cut and dried. We should labor, therefore, to treat with ease of things that are difficult; with familiarity, of things that are novel; and with perspicuity, of things that are profound. [ Colton ]

Threescore years and ten! It is the Scriptural statute of limitations. After that, you owe no active duties; for you the strenuous life is over. You are a time-expired man, to use Kipling's military phrase: You have served your term, well or less well, and you are mustered out. You are become an honorary member of the republic, you are emancipated, compulsions are not for you, nor any bugle-tail but lights out. You pay the time-worn duty bills if you choose, or decline if you prefer - and without prejudice - for they are not legally collectable. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

The love of flowers seems a naturally implanted passion, without any alloy or debasing object in its motive; we cherish them in youth, we admire them in declining years; but perhaps it is the early flowers of spring that always bring with them the greatest degree of pleasure; and our affections seem to expand at the sight of the first blossom under the sunny wall, or sheltered bank, however humble its race may be. With summer flowers we seem to live, as with our neighbors, in harmony and good order; but spring flowers are cherished as private friendships. [ G. A. Sola ]

The man who makes a success of an important venture never waits for the crowd. He strikes out for himself. It takes nerve, it takes a great lot of grit; but the man that succeeds has both. Anyone can fail. The public admires the man who has enough confidence in himself to take a chance. These chances are the main things after all. The man who tries to succeed must expect to be criticised. Nothing important was ever done but the greater number consulted previously doubted the possibility. Success is the accomplishment of that which most people think can't be done. [ C. V. White ]

The loss of a mother is always severely felt; even though Her health may incapacitate her from taking any active part in the care of her family, still she is a sweet rallying-point, around which affection and obedience, and a thousand tender endeavors to please concentrate; and dreary is the blank when such a point is withdrawn! It is like that lonely star before us; neither its heat nor light are anything to us in themselves; yet the shepherd would feel his heart sad if he missed it, when he lifts his eye to the brow of the mountain over which it rises when the sun descends. [ Lamartine ]

Gentleness in the gait is what simplicity is in the dress. Violent gesture or quick movement inspires involuntary disrespect. One looks for a moment at a cascade; but one sits for hours, lost in thought, and gazing upon the still water of a lake. A deliberate gale, gentle manners, and a gracious tone of voice - all of which may be acquired - give a mediocre man an immense advantage over those vastly superior to him. To be bodily tranquil, to speak little, and to digest without effort are absolutely necessary to grandeur of mind or of presence, or to proper development of genius. [ Balzac ]

Man little knows what calamities are beyond his patience to bear till he tries them; as in ascending the heights of ambition, which look bright from below, every step we rise shows us some new and gloomy prospect of hidden disappointment; so in our descent from the summits of pleasure, though the vale of misery below may appear, at first, dark and gloomy, yet the busy mind, still attentive to its own amusement, finds, as we descend, something to flatter and to please. Still as we approach, the darkest objects appear to brighten, and the mortal eye becomes adapted to its gloomy situation. [ Goldsmith ]

All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance; it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united by canals. If a man was to compare the effect of a single stroke of a pickaxe, or of one impression of the spade, with the general design and last result, he would be overwhelmed with the sense of their disproportion; yet those petty operations, incessantly continued, in time surmount the greatest difficulties, and mountains are leveled and oceans bounded, by the slender force of human beings. [ Dr. Johnson ]

The Christian cemetery is a memorial and a record. It is not a mere field in which the dead are stowed away unknown; it is a touching and beautiful history, written in family burial plots, in mounded graves, in sculptured and inscribed monuments. It tells the story of the past, - not of its institutions, or its wars, or its ideas, but of its individual lives, - of its men and women and children, and of its household. It is silent, but eloquent; it is common, but it is unique. We find no such history elsewhere; there are no records in all the wide world in which we can discover so much that is suggestive, so much that is pathetic and impressive. [ Joseph Anderson ]

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds. In the best books great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their soul into ours. God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages. Books are the true levellers; they give to all, who will faithfully use them, the society, the spiritual presence, of the best and greatest of our race. No matter how poor I am, I shall not pine for want of intellectual companionship, and I may become a cultivated man, though excluded from what is called the best society in the place where I live. [ W. E. Channing ]

My friends, if you had but the power of looking into the future you might see that great things may come of little things. There is the great ocean, holding the navies of the world, which comes from little drops of water no larger than a woman's tears. There are the great constellations in the sky, made up of little bits of stars. Oh, if you could consider his future you might see that he might become the greatest poet of the universe, the greatest warrior the world has ever known, greater than Caesar, than Hannibal, than--er--er" (turning to the father) - What's his name? The father hesitated, then whispered back: His name? Well, his name is Mary Ann. [ Mark Twain, Educations and Citizenship ]

Why has the beneficent Creator scattered over the face of the earth such a profusion of beautiful flowers? Why is it that every landscape has its appropriate flowers, every nation its national flowers, every rural home its home flowers? Why do flowers enter and shed their perfume over every scene of life, from the cradle to the grave? Why are flowers made to utter all voices of joy and sorrow in all varying scenes? It is that flowers have in themselves a real and natural significance; they have a positive relation to man; they correspond to actual emotions; they have their mission - a mission of love and mercy; they have their language, and from the remotest ages this language has found its interpreters. [ Henrietta Dumont ]

All things are engaged in writing their history. The planet, the pebble, goes attended by its shadow. The rolling rock leaves its scratches on the mountain; the river, its channel in the soil; the animal, its bones in the stratum; the fern and leaf, their modest epitaph in the coal. The falling drop makes its sculpture in the sand or the stone. Not a foot steps into the snow or along the ground, but prints, in characters more or less lasting, a map of its march. Every act of the man inscribes itself in the memories of its fellows, and in his own manners and face. The air is full of sounds, the sky of tokens, the ground is all memoranda and signatures, and every object covered over with hints which speak to the intelligent. [ Emerson ]

He must have an artist's eye for color and form who can arrange a hundred flowers as tastefully, in any other way, as by strolling through a garden, and picking here one and there one, and adding them to the bouquet in the accidental order in which they chance to come. Thus we see every summer day the fair lady coming in from the breezy side hill with gorgeous colors and most witching effects. If only she could be changed to alabaster, was ever a finer show of flowers in so fine a vase? But instead of allowing the flowers to remain as they were gathered, they are laid upon the table, divided, rearranged on some principle of taste, I know not what, but never again have that charming naturalness and grace which they first had. [ Beecher ]

No woman is a genius: women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. They represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals. There are only two kinds of women, the plain and the colored. The plain women are very useful. If you want to gain a reputation for respectability you have merely to take them down to supper. The other women are very charming. They commit one mistake, however. They paint in order to try to look young. Our grandmothers painted in order to try to talk brilliantly. Rouge and esprit used to go together. That has all gone out now. As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter she is perfectly satisfied. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

As a science, logic institutes an analysis of the process of the mind in reasoning, and investigating the principles on which argumentation is conducted; as an art, it furnishes such rules as may be derived from those principles, for guarding against erroneous deductions. Some are disposed to view logic as a peculiar method of reasoning, and not as it is, a method of unfolding and analysing our reason. They have, in short, considered logic as an art of reasoning. The logician's object being, not to lay down principles by which one may reason, but by which all must reason, even though they are not distinctly aware of them - to lay down rules not which may be followed with advantage, but which cannot possibly be deviated from in sound reasoning. [ R. Whately ]

Mother! How many delightful associations cluster around that word! The innocent smiles of infancy, the gambols of boyhood, and the happiest hours of riper years! When my heart aches and my limbs are weary travelling the thorny path of life, I sit down on some mossy stone, and closing my eyes on real scenes, send my spirit back to the days of early life; I feel afresh my infant joys and sorrows, till my spirit recovers its tone, and is willing to pursue its journey. But in all these reminiscences my mother rises; if I seat myself upon my cushion, it is at her side; if I sing, it is to her ear; if I walk the walls or the meadows, my little hand is in my mother's, and my little feet keep company with hers; when my heart bounds with its best joy, it is because at the performance of some task, or the recitation of some verses, I receive a present from her hand. There is no velvet so soft as a mother's lap, no rose so lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps. [ Bishop Thomson ]

Poetry is the first and last of all knowledge: it is immortal as the heart of men. If the labors of the men of science should ever create any revolution, direct or indirect, in our condition, and in the impressions which we habitually receive, the poet will then sleep no more than at present; he will be ready to follow the steps of the man of science, not only in those general indirect effects, but he will be at his side, carrying sensation into the midst of the objects of the science itself. The remotest discoveries of the chemist, the botanist, or mineralogist will be as proper objects of the poet's art as any upon which it can be employed, if the time should ever come when these things shall be familiar to us, and the relations under which they are contemplated by the followers of the respective sciences shall be manifestly and palpably material to us as enjoying and suffering beings. If the time should ever come when what is now called science, thus familiarized to men, shall be ready to put on. as it were, a form of flesh and blood, the poet will lend his divine spirit to aid the transfiguration, and will welcome the being thus produced as a dear and genuine inmate of the household of man. [ Wordsworth ]

Morals are an acquirement - like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis - no man is born with them. I wasn't myself, I started poor. I hadn't a single moral. There is hardly a man in this house that is poorer than I was then. Yes, I started like that - the world before me, not a moral in the slot. Not even an insurance moral. I can remember the first one I ever got. I can remember the landscape, the weather, the - I can remember how everything looked. It was an old moral, an old second-hand moral, all out of repair, and didn't fit, anyway. But if you are careful with a thing like that, and keep it in a dry place, and save it for processions, and Chautauquas, and World's Fairs, and so on, and disinfect it now and then, and give it a fresh coat of whitewash once in a while, you will be surprised to see how well she will last and how long she will keep sweet, or at least inoffensive. When I got that mouldy old moral, she had stopped growing, because she hadn't any exercise; but I worked her hard, I worked her Sundays and all. Under this cultivation she waxed in might and stature beyond belief, and served me well and was my pride and joy for sixty-three years; then she got to associating with insurance presidents, and lost flesh and character, and was a sorrow to look at and no longer competent for business. She was a great loss to me. Yet not all loss. I sold her - ah, pathetic skeleton, as she was - I sold her to Leopold, the pirate King of Belgium; he sold her to our Metropolitan Museum, and it was very glad to get her, for without a rag on, she stands 57 feet long and 16 feet high, and they think she's a brontosaur. Well, she looks it. They believe it will take nineteen geological periods to breed her match. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

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