Definition of best

"best" in the noun sense

1. best

the supreme effort one can make

"they did their best"

2. best, topper

the person who is most outstanding or excellent someone who tops all others

"he could beat the best of them"

3. Best, C. H. Best, Charles Herbert Best

Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978)

"best" in the verb sense

1. outdo, outflank, trump, best, scoop

get the better of

"the goal was to best the competition"

"best" in the adjective sense

1. good

having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified

"the best film of the year"

"the best solution"

"the best time for planting"

"wore his best suit"

"good news from the hospital"

"a good report card"

"when she was good she was very very good"

"a good knife is one good for cutting"

"this stump will make a good picnic table"

"a good check"

"a good joke"

"a good exterior paint"

"a good secretary"

"a good dress for the office"

2. full, good

having the normally expected amount

"it would be better to speak to him"

"the White House thought it best not to respond"

"gives full measure"

"gives good measure"

"a good mile from here"

3. good

morally admirable

4. estimable, good, honorable, respectable

deserving of esteem and respect

"all respectable companies give guarantees"

"ruined the family's good name"

5. beneficial, good

promoting or enhancing well-being

"an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries"

"the beneficial effects of a temperate climate"

"the experience was good for her"

6. good

agreeable or pleasing

"we all had a good time"

"good manners"

7. good, just, upright

of moral excellence

"a genuinely good person"

"a just cause"

"an upright and respectable man"

8. adept, expert, good, practiced, proficient, skillful, skilful

having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

"adept in handicrafts"

"an adept juggler"

"an expert job"

"a good mechanic"

"a practiced marksman"

"a proficient engineer"

"a lesser-known but no less skillful composer"

"the effect was achieved by skillful retouching"

9. good


"had a good workout"

"gave the house a good cleaning"

10. dear, good, near

with or in a close or intimate relationship

"a good friend"

"my sisters and brothers are near and dear"

11. dependable, good, safe, secure

financially safe

"a good investment"

"a secure investment"

12. good, right, ripe

most suitable or right for a particular purpose

"a good time to plant tomatoes"

"the right time to act"

"the time is ripe for great sociological changes"

13. good, well

resulting favorably

"it's a good thing that I wasn't there"

"it is good that you stayed"

"it is well that no one saw you"

"all's well that ends well"

14. effective, good, in effect, in force

exerting force or influence

"the law is effective immediately"

"a warranty good for two years"

"the law is already in effect (or in force)"

15. good

capable of pleasing

"good looks"

16. good, serious

appealing to the mind

"good music"

"a serious book"

17. good, sound

in excellent physical condition

"good teeth"

"I still have one good leg"

"a sound mind in a sound body"

18. good, salutary

tending to promote physical well-being beneficial to health

"beneficial effects of a balanced diet"

"a good night's sleep"

"the salutary influence of pure air"

19. good, honest

not forged

"a good dollar bill"

20. good, unspoiled, unspoilt

not left to spoil

"the meat is still good"

21. good

generally admired

"good taste"

"best" in the adverb sense

1. well, good

often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well'

"he played best after a couple of martinis"

"the children behaved well"

"a task well done"

"the party went well"

"he slept well"

"a well-argued thesis"

"a well-seasoned dish"

"a well-planned party"

"the baby can walk pretty good"

2. well

thoroughly or completely fully often used as a combining form

"you'd best stay at home"

"The problem is well understood"

"she was well informed"

"shake well before using"

"in order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked"

"well-done beef"

"well-satisfied customers"


3. well, easily

indicating high probability in all likelihood

"father knows best"

"I know better."

"I might well do it"

"a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster"

"you may well need your umbrella"

"he could equally well be trying to deceive us"

4. well

used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully

"a book well worth reading"

"was well aware of the difficulties ahead"

"suspected only too well what might be going on"

5. well

to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree

"the project was well underway"

"the fetus has well developed organs"

"his father was well pleased with his grades"

6. well

favorably with approval

"their neighbors spoke well of them"

"he thought well of the book"

7. well, considerably, substantially

to a great extent or degree

"I'm afraid the film was well over budget"

"painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger"

"the house has fallen considerably in value"

"the price went up substantially"

8. well, intimately

with great or especially intimate knowledge

"we knew them well"

9. well

with prudence or propriety

"You would do well to say nothing more"

"could not well refuse"

10. well

with skill or in a pleasing manner

"she dances well"

"he writes well"

11. well, advantageously

in a manner affording benefit or advantage

"she married well"

"The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"

12. well, comfortably

in financial comfort

"They live well"

"she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"

13. well

without unusual distress or resentment with good humor

"took the joke well"

"took the tragic news well"

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Quotations for best

Simple diet is best. [ Pliny ]

March birds are best. [ Proverb ]

Joy is the best of wine. [ George Eliot ]

The best fish swim deep. [ Proverb ]

The best is the cheapest. [ Franklin ]

Leave a jest
When it pleases you best. [ Proverb ]

Hunger is the best sauce. [ Proverb ]

Second thoughts are best. [ Proverb ]

Moderate things are best. [ Proverb ]

An old friend is the best. [ Gratian ]

Men make the best friends. [ La Bruyere ]

Welcome is the best cheer. [ Proverb ]

Best time is present time. [ Proverb ]

The best is at the bottom. [ Proverb ]

Fatigue is the best pillow. [ Franklin ]

The best is the best cheap. [ Proverb ]

Honesty is the best policy. [ Proverb ]

That's best Which God sends.
'Twas His will: it is mine. [ Lord Lytton ]

Diamonds are best plain set. [ Rolle ]

Practice is the best master. [ Proverb ]

The best cart may overthrow. [ Proverb ]

Wisdom - a man's best friend. [ Gladstone ]

Wealth is best known by want. [ Proverb ]

Best to bend it while a twig. [ Proverb ]

The market is the best garden. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Make your hay as best you may. [ Proverb ]

A gray eye is a sly eye,
And roguish is a brown eye,-
Turn full upon me thy eye,-
Ah, how its wavelets drown one!
A blue eye is a true eye;
Mysterious is a dark one,
Which flashes like a spark-sun!
A black eye is the best one. [ W. R. Alger ]

Our content is our best having. [ William Shakespeare ]

Make the best of a bad bargain. [ Proverb ]

A little nonsense now and then,
Is relished by the best of men. [ Anon ]

The heart is the best logician. [ Wendell Phillips ]

Living well is the best revenge. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all. [ Coleridge ]

Adversity, sage useful guest,
Severe instructor, but the best.
It is from thee alone we know
Justly to value things below. [ Somerville ]

Good, to forgive; Best to forget! [ Robert Browning ]

The best of life is conversation. [ Emerson ]

The best of women are hypocrites. [ Thackeray ]

I profess not talking: only this.
Let each man do his best. [ Shakespeare ]

Earth proudly wears the Parthenon
As the best gem upon her zone. [ Emerson ]

O thou sculptor, painter, poet,
Take this lesson to thy heart;
That is best which lieth nearest;
Shape from that thy work of art. [ Longfellow ]

The best mirror is an old friend. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Our best thought came from others. [ Emerson ]

A good example is the best sermon. [ Proverb ]

Time is generally the best doctor. [ Ovid ]

Plain dealing is easiest and best. [ Jane Porter ]

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

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

Step by step lift bad to good,
Without halting, without rest.
Lifting Better up to Best;
Planting seeds of knowledge pure.

So nigh is grandeur to our dust,
So nigh is God to man.
When Duty whispers low, Thou must,
The youth replies, I can. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The short folly is always the best. [ French ]

Which is the best government?
That which teaches self-government. [ Goethe ]

Truth's best ornament is nakedness. [ Proverb ]

Of soup and love the first is best. [ Proverb ]

Discretion, the best part of valor. [ Beaumont and Fletcher ]

Time's best gift to us is serenity. [ Bovee ]

Every man is best known to himself. [ Proverb ]

The best lesson is that of example. [ La Harpe ]

Every bird likes its own nest best. [ Proverb ]

Our best thoughts come from others. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

He that complies against his will.
Is of his own opinion still.
Which he may adhere to, yet disown,
For reasons to himself best known. [ Butler ]

The best men have their weaknesses. [ R. Hall ]

And he who serves his brother best,
Gets nearer God than all the rest.

Solitude is sometimes best society. [ Milton ]

Sometimes the best gain is to lose. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

A man-of-war is the best ambassador. [ Cromwell ]

Next to no wife a good wife is best. [ Proverb ]

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

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

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

God knows who are the best pilgrims. [ Proverb ]

That suit is best that best fits me. [ Proverb ]

The best bred have the best portion. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Time is generally the best medicine. [ Ovid ]

Do the likeliest, and hope the best. [ Proverb ]

Make your best thoughts into action. [ Mme. Necker ]

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 ]

With women worth the being won.
The softest lover ever best succeeds. [ Hill ]

Hail! Independence, hail!
Heaven's next best gift,
To that of life and an immortal soul! [ Thomson ]

Virtue is to herself the best reward. [ Henry Moore ]

The best cloth may have a moth in it. [ Proverb ]

Every man does his own business best. [ Proverb ]

The best patch is off the same cloth. [ Proverb ]

The best hearts are ever the bravest. [ Sterne ]

He that would live in peace and rest
Must hear, and see, and say the best. [ Proverb ]

Hearts only thrive on varied good;
And he who gathers from a host
Of friendly hearts his daily food,
Is the best friend that we can boast. [ Holland ]

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 ]

And he that makes his soul his surety,
I think, does give the best security. [ Butler ]

The best use of money is to pay debts. [ Proverb ]

And be the thread of coarse or fine,
The loom is still the best receiver!
Whatever I spin, the same is mine.
Returned in full from Time the Weaver. [ Henry Reed ]

Conscience is justice's best minister. [ Lady Montagu ]

Biography is the best form of history. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Our fellow's share is always the best. [ Proverb ]

He best can pity who has felt the woe. [ Gay ]

Goodness is beauty in its best estate. [ Marlowe ]

Pity best taught by fellowship of woe. [ Coleridge ]

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies. [ Byron, She Walks in Beauty ]

Nature knows best, and she says, roar! [ Maria Edgeworth ]

Custom is the best interpreter of laws. [ Law Maxim ]

Hunger was the best seasoning for meat. [ Cicero ]

First thoughts are not always the best. [ Alfieri ]

Man's best candle is his understanding. [ Proverb ]

Must hear, and see, and speak the best. [ Proverb ]

The will of the people is the best law. [ U. S. Grant ]

A good conscience is the best divinity. [ 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 ]

Woman is at best a contradiction still. [ Pope ]

Things are always best at their source. [ Pascal ]

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

By time and counsel do the best we can:
The event is never in the power of man. [ Herrick ]

The best religion is the most tolerant. [ Mme. de Girardin ]

He bears misery best that hides it most. [ Proverb ]

Necessity - thou best of peacemakers,
As well as surest promoter of invention. [ Scott ]

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

Man's work is to labor, and leaven -
As best he may - earth here with heaven. [ Robert Browning ]

Man shows his character best in trifles. [ Schopenhauer ]

Welcome is the best dish in the kitchen. [ Proverb ]

The smallest errors are always the best. [ Moliere ]

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

Examples are the best lessons for youth. [ Proverb ]

Still the Goldenrod of the roadside clod
Is of all, the best! [ Simeon Tucker Clark ]

In everything the middle course is best. [ Plautus ]

The army that comes off best loses some. [ Proverb ]

Let every snail like her own shell best. [ Proverb ]

Let the best horse leap the hedge first. [ Proverb ]

Danger itself the best remedy for danger. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

In the deepest water is the best fishing. [ Proverb ]

The worst men often give the best advice. [ Bailey ]

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

Integrity of life is fame's best .friend. [ John Webster ]

A good friend is life's best inheritance. [ Albert II. of Germany ]

Corruption of the best becomes the worst. [ Proverb ]

Mother, a maiden is a tender thing,
And best by her that bore her understood. [ Alfred Tennyson ]

To feed were best at home;
From thence the sauce to meat is ceremony;
Meeting were bare without it. [ William Shakespeare ]

For forms of government let fools contest;
Whate'er is best administered is best. [ Pope ]

The best known evil is the most tolerable. [ Livy ]

Bought wit is best, but may cost too much. [ Proverb ]

Silence in times of suffering is the best. [ Dryden ]

He spends best that spares to spend again. [ Proverb ]

Love betters what is best,
Even here below, but more in heaven above. [ Wordsworth ]

The fox fares best when he is most cursed. [ Proverb ]

Feebleness is sometimes the best security. [ Proverb ]

Of earthly goods the best, is a good wife. [ Simonides ]

The very best men stand in need of pardon. [ Proverb ]

Nightingales can sign their own song best. [ Proverb ]

Praise is the best diet for us, after ail. [ Sydney Smith ]

Love has made its best interpreter a sigh. [ Byron ]

The noblest mind the best contentment has. [ Spenser ]

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

Marriages are best of dissimilar material. [ Theodore Parker ]

Grief best is pleased with grief's society. [ Shakespeare ]

Love's of itself too sweet; the best of all
Is when love's honey has a dash of gall. [ Herrick ]

Love is the sweetest and best of moralists.

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

The best fire doesn't flare up the soonest. [ George Eliot ]

Sleep is the best cure for waking troubles. [ Cervantes ]

The strawberry grows underneath the nettle
And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best
Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality. [ William Shakespeare ]

Pardon, not wrath, is God's best attribute. [ Bayard Taylor ]

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

Her polished limbs,
Veiled in a simple robe, their best attire,
Beyond the pomp of dress; for loveliness
Needs not the foreign aid of ornament,
But is, when unadorned, adorned the most. [ Thomson ]

Who does the best his circumstance allows.
Does well, acts nobly; angels could no more. [ Edward Young ]

Have I not here the best cards for the game,
To win this easy match? [ William Shakespeare ]

The best victory is to vanquish one's heart. [ Mme. de Saint-Surin ]

The subject's love is the king's best guard. [ Proverb ]

His folded flock secure, the shepherd home
Hies merry-hearted; and by turns relieves
The ruddy milk-maid of her brimming pail;
The beauty whom perhaps his witless heart.
Unknowing what the joy-mixed anguish means,
Sincerely loves, by that best language shown
Of cordial glances, and obliging deeds. [ Thomson ]

Death is the port where all may refuge find,
The end of labor, entry into rest;
Death hath the bounds of misery confin'd
Whose sanctuary shrouds affliction best. [ Earl of Stirling ]

Know when to speak, for many times it brings
Danger to give the best advice to kings. [ Herrick ]

Money is the best bait to fish for man with. [ Proverb ]

If the partridge had the woodcock's thigh,
It would be the best bird that ever did fly. [ Proverb ]

Let none admire
That riches grow in hell; that soil may best
Deserve the precious bane. [ Milton ]

Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set. [ Bacon ]

That is always best which gives me to myself. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Men in rage strike those that wish them best. [ William Shakespeare ]

'Tis something to be willing to commend;
But my best praise is, that I am your friend. [ Southerne ]

Give house-room to the best; 'tis never known
Verture and pleasure both to dwell in one. [ Herrick ]

And to hie him home, at evening's close.
To sweet repast, and calm repose.
* * *
From toil he wins his spirits light.
From busy day the peaceful night;
Rich, from the very want of wealth,
In heaven's best treasures, peace and health. [ Gray ]

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

Wisdom picks friends; civility plays the rest.
A toy shunn'd cleanly passeth with the best. [ George Herbert ]

Patience is the best buckler against affronts. [ Proverb ]

A man's best fortune, or his worst, is a wife. [ Proverb ]

A patient mind is the best remedy for trouble. [ Plaut ]

Men at most differ as heaven and earth,
But women, worst and best, as heaven and hell. [ Alfred Tennyson ]

Experience, next, to thee I owe,
Best guide; not following thee, I had remained
In ignorance; thou open'st wisdom's way.
And giv'st access, though secret she retire. [ Milton ]

Silence and solitude, the soul's best friends. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

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 ]

Where bad is the best, bad must be the choice. [ Proverb ]

Who fights
With passions and overcomes, that man is armed
With the best virtue - passive fortitude. [ Webster ]

He who best knows the world will love it least [ Balzac ]

One may say too much even on the best subject. [ Proverb ]

The best of prophets of the future is the past. [ Byron ]

An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told. [ William Shakespeare ]

The best profession of religion is a good life. [ E. W ]

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 ]

Leaving us heirs to amplest heritages
Of all the best thoughts of the greatest sages,
And giving tongues unto the silent dead! [ Longfellow ]

The best-concerted schemes men lay for fame.
Die fast away; only themselves die faster.
The far-famed sculptor, and the laurelled bard,
Those bold insurancers of deathless fame,
Supply their little feeble aids in vain. [ Blair ]

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

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

Music is best enjoyed in the company of others. [ Hwuy Yung ]

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

The best woman in the world is the one we love.

The best remedy for injuries is to forget them. [ Latin Proverb ]

Fire is the best of servants; but what a master! [ Carlyle ]

The best of men have ever loved repose;
They hate to mingle in the filthy fray;
Where the soul sours, and gradual rancour grows,
Imbitter'd more from peevish day to day. [ Thomson ]

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

The best work in the world is done on the quiet. [ Proverb ]

Bought wit is best, (i.e. bought by experience). [ Proverb ]

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

Honest plain words best pierce the ear of grief. [ William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, Act V. Sc. 2 ]

Sleep, next to death, is the best thing in life. [ T. Gautier ]

They say that the best counsel is that of woman. [ Calderon ]

Come, my best friends, my books! and lead me on. [ Cowley ]

The best written book is a receipt for a pottage. [ Voltaire ]

Whether with Reason, or with Instinct blest.
Know, all enjoy that power which suits them best. [ Pope ]

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

The best shelter for a girl is her mother's wing.

A good face is the best letter of recommendation. [ Queen Elizabeth ]

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 ]

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

To woman, mildness is the best means to be right. [ Mme. de Fontaines ]

It is good pride to desire to be the best of men. [ Proverb ]

He knows best what good is that has endured evil. [ Proverb ]

Oblivion is the flower that grows best on graves. [ George Sand ]

That place that does contain
My books, the best companions, is to me
A glorious court, where hourly I converse
With the old sages and philosophers;
And sometimes, for variety, I confer
With kings and emperors, and weigh their counsels;
Calling their victories, if unjustly got,
Unto a strict account, and, in my fancy,
Deface their ill-placed statues. [ Beaumont and Fletcher ]

Few men dare show their thoughts of worst or best. [ Byron ]

The reasoning of the strongest is always the best. [ La Fontaine ]

Gravity is the best cloak for sin in all countries. [ Fielding ]

Every one is the best interpreter of his own words. [ German Proverb ]

Love delights to bring her best,
And where love is, that offering evermore is blest. [ Keble ]

It is the best use of fate to teach a fatal courage. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Secrecy is best taught by commencing with ourselves. [ Chamfort ]

O friend! O best of friends! Thy absence more
Than the impending night darkens the landscape over. [ Longfellow ]

... but while
I breathe Heaven's air, and Heaven looks down on me.
And smiles at my best meanings, I remain
Mistress of mine own self and mine own soul. [ Tennyson ]

A man may say too much even on the best of subjects. [ Proverb ]

A lover is loved most, a wife best, a mother always.

He knows the water the best who has waded through it. [ Proverb ]

He teaches best.
Who feels the hearts of all men in his breast,
And knows their strength or weakness through his own. [ Bayard Taylor ]

The best way of revenge is not to imitate the injury. [ Marcus Aurelius ]

He serves his party best who serves his country best. [ R. B. Hayes ]

Retreat may be success, -
Delay, best speed, - half loss, at times, whole gain. [ Robert Browning ]

The worth of a thing is best known by the want of it. [ Proverb ]

Learn good from the worst, and not bad from the best. [ Lavater ]

When you are good to others you are best to yourself. [ Proverb ]

Virtue and a trade are the best portion for children. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

A good conscience is the best looking-glass of heaven. [ Cudworth ]

He's not the best carpenter that makes the most chips. [ Proverb ]

He is not the best carpenter who makes the most chips. [ Proverb ]

The best manners are stained by the addition of pride. [ Claudian ]

The best happiness will be to escape the worst misery. [ George Eliot ]

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best. [ Philip J. Bailey ]

That is the best gown that goes up and down the house. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Like the wife with many daughters, the best comes last. [ Proverb ]

That government is best which makes itself unnecessary. [ W. V. Humboldt ]

For there's nothing we read of in torture's inventions,
Like a well-meaning dunce, with the best of intentions. [ Lowell ]

The first pig, but the last whelp of the litter is best. [ Proverb ]

Friendship consists not in saying, What's the best news? [ Proverb ]

Habit gives endurance, and fatigue is the best nightcap. [ Kincaid ]

The best of the sport is to do the deed and say nothing. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

To receive honestly is the best thanks for a good thing. [ George MacDonald ]

Contempt should be the best concealed of our sentiments.

Genius always gives its best at first, prudence at last. [ Lavater ]

Civil carriage is the best sign of affection to a woman. [ Proverb ]

Temperance and labour are the two best physicians of man. [ Rousseau ]

Verily, every man at his best state is altogether vanity. [ Bible ]

Good actions are the best sacrifices we can offer to God. [ Proverb ]

Reasonable men are the best dictionaries of conversation. [ Goethe ]

Homeliness is the best guardian of a young girl's virtue. [ Mme. de Genlis ]

The best surgeon is he that has been well hacked himself. [ Proverb ]

The best teachers of humanity are the lives of great men. [ Charles H. Fowler ]

Liberty is worth whatever the best civilization is worth. [ Henry Giles ]

To keep the best place (the highest side of the pavement). [ French Proverb ]

Silence is the best resolve for him who distrusts himself. [ La Roche ]

A man's wisdom is his best friend; folly, his worst enemy. [ Sir W. Temple ]

The mother knows best whether the child be like the father. [ Proverb ]

The best remedy of afflictions is submitting to providence. [ Proverb ]

He is the best gentleman who is the son of his own deserts. [ Victor Hugo ]

That death is best which comes appropriately at a ripe age. [ Propertius ]

A well-balanced mind is the best remedy against affliction. [ Plautus ]

He best restrains anger who remembers God's eye is upon him. [ Plato ]

The best metals lose their lustre, unless brightened by use. [ Proverb ]

Her eye in silence hath a speech which eye best understands. [ Southwell ]

Everything is for the best, in this best of possible worlds. [ Proverb ]

Prosperity often best discovers vices, and adversity virtue. [ Proverb ]

If fun is good, truth is still better, and love best of all. [ Thackeray ]

Best dealing with an enemy, when you take him at his weakest. [ Proverb ]

He is the best dressed gentleman whose dress no one observes. [ Trollope ]

No man is born without faults, he is best who has the fewest. [ Horace ]

Those who make the best use of their time have none to spare. [ Proverb ]

We come to know best what men are, in their worse jeopardies. [ Daniel ]

Religion is the best armor in the world, but the worst cloak. [ Bunyan ]

Short words are best and old words when short are best of all. [ Winston Churchill ]

Those that eat the best and drink the best, commonly do worst. [ Proverb ]

Ugliness, after virtue, is the best guardian of a young woman. [ Mme. de Genlis ]

Some will rather lose their best friend than their worst joke. [ Proverb ]

Everything good in a man thrives best when properly recognized. [ J. G. Holland ]

That is the best part of beauty which a picture cannot express. [ Bacon ]

It is the best thing for a stricken heart to be helping others. [ A. H. E ]

Books are the best things, well used; abused, among the worst. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The best remedy against an ill man is much ground between both. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

The best way to see divine light, is to put out your own candle. [ Proverb ]

A good book is the best of friends - the same today and forever. [ Tupper ]

A woman's best qualities are harmful if undiluted with prudence. [ Victor Hugo ]

An artist should be fit for the best society, and keep out of it. [ Ruskin ]

The best work never was, nor ever will be, done for money at all. [ John Ruskin ]

That which each man can do best, not but his Maker can teach him. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The question is not who is the most learned, but who is the best. [ Montaigne ]

The best sort of revenge is not to be like him who did the injury. [ Marcus Antoninus ]

In love, which is the best rewarded: respect, or certain offenses? [ A. de Musset ]

Write it in your heart that every day is the best day in the year. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Great men are among the best gifts which God bestows upon a people. [ G. S. Hillard ]

The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction. [ Spurgeon ]

Conversation, which, when it is best, is a series of intoxications. [ Emerson ]

Thou art figured blind, and yet we borrow our best sight from thee. [ Massinger ]

A good heart will, at all times, betray the best head in the world. [ Fielding ]

Most things have two handles, and a wise man takes hold of the best. [ Proverb ]

Quotations are best brought in to confirm some opinion controverted. [ Swift ]

To be young is surely the best, if the most precarious, gift of life. [ Lowell ]

That is the best part of each writer which has nothing private in it. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

No good book, or good thing of any sort, shows its best face at first. [ Carlyle ]

Men that make envy and crooked malice nourishment, dare bite the best. [ William Shakespeare ]

Let every one engage in the business with which he is best acquainted. [ Propertius ]

Acquaintances are best formed in prosperity; friendships in adversity. [ T. A. Emmett ]

The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made. [ Browning ]

The best way to keep good acts in memory, is to refresh them with new. [ Cato ]

The best way to make the audience laugh is by first laughing yourself. [ Goldsmith ]

Unless the habit leads to happiness the best habit is to contract none. [ Zimmermann ]

Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life. [ William Ellery Channing ]

She is best who is least spoken of among men, whether for good or evil. [ Pericles ]

Foppish dressing tells the world, the outside is the best of the puppet. [ Proverb ]

We should ask, not who is the most learned, but who is the best learned. [ Lady Montagu ]

To see the best is to see most clearly, and it is the lover's privilege. [ J. M. Barrie ]

It is best to be with those in time that we hope to be with in eternity. [ Fuller ]

Clowns are best in their own company, but gentlemen are best every where. [ Proverb ]

The best style of writing, as well as the most forcible, is the plainest. [ Horace Greeley ]

The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living. [ Wendell Phillips ]

There is no health; physicians say that we, at best, enjoy but neutrality. [ Donne ]

Fame at its best is but a poor compensation for all the ills of existence. [ Mrs. Oliphant ]

The best benefit we derive from history is the enthusiasm which it excites. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

If a man be endued with a generous mind, this is the best kind of nobility. [ Plato ]

He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him. [ Plato ]

Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books. [ Colton ]

It is one of heaven's best gifts to hold such a dear creature in ones arms. [ Goethe ]

In everything the middle course is best; all things in excess bring trouble. [ Plautus ]

Necessity may be a hard schoolmistress, but she is generally found the best. [ Smiles ]

There are some silent people who are more interesting than the best talkers. [ Earl of Beaconsfield ]

Prosperity doth best discover vice, and adversity doth best discover virtue. [ Bacon ]

Pitch upon the best course of life, and custom will render it the most easy. [ Tillotson ]

To persevere in one's duty, and to be silent, is the best answer to calumny. [ George Washington ]

It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken. [ Aristotle ]

The best smell is bread, the best savor salt, the best love that of children. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

When a proud man thinks best of himself, then God and man think worst of him. [ Horace Smith ]

When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are. [ Richard Hooker ]

The best metal is iron, the best vegetable wheat, but the worst animal is man. [ Proverb ]

If any man flatters me, I'll flatter him again, though he were my best friend. [ Franklin ]

The best quarrels, in the heat, are cursed by those that feel their sharpness. [ William Shakespeare ]

He will always lack what is best who does not give credit to what others know. [ Rückert ]

Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past. [ T. Edwards ]

They that are more frequent to dispute be not always the best able to determine. [ Hooker ]

Negligence is the rust of the soul, that corrodes through all her best resolves. [ Owen Feltham ]

Wise friends are the best book of life, because they teach with voice and looks. [ Calderon ]

Words are good, but are not the best. The best is not to be understood by words. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

We give our best affections to the beautiful, only our second-best to the useful. [ C. N. Bovee ]

The creed of the true saint is to make the best of life, and make the most of it. [ Chapin ]

The best receipt - best to work and best to take - is the admonition of a friend. [ Bacon ]

His best companions innocence and health, and his best riches ignorance of wealth. [ Goldsmith ]

A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners. [ Lord Chesterfield ]

Our friends see the best in us, and by that very fact call forth the best from us. [ Black ]

I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the best. [ Keats ]

Society is a troop of thinkers and the best heads among them take the best places. [ Emerson ]

Yet the best pilots have need of mariners, besides sails, anchor and other tackle. [ Ben Jonson ]

The human race is in the best condition when it has the greatest degree of liberty. [ Dante ]

Every good picture is the best of sermons and lectures: the sense informs the soul. [ Sydney Smith ]

In everything the middle course is best: all things in excess bring trouble to men. [ Plautus ]

Women grown bad are worse than men, because the corruption of the best turns worst. [ Proverb ]

He is best served who has no need to put the hands of others at the end of his arms. [ Rousseau ]

Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

The best thing which we derive from history is the enthusiasm which it raises in us. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

To speak but little becomes a woman: and she is best adorned who is in plain attire. [ Democritus ]

Of earth's goods, the best is a good wife; a bad, the bitterest curse of human life. [ Simonides ]

Words are good, but they are not the best. The best is not to be explained by words. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

The best preparation for the future is the present well seen to, the last duty done. [ George MacDonald ]

The ancients tell us what is best; but we must learn of the moderns what is fittest. [ Franklin ]

Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds. [ Shelley ]

The best way to please one half of the world is not to mind what the other half says. [ Goldsmith ]

You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be. [ Lavater ]

There is the seed of all sins - of the vilest and worst of sins - in the best of men. [ Thomas Brooks ]

Suspicion and persecution are weeds of the same dunghill, and flourish best together. [ Thomas Paine ]

Let us fear the worst, but work with faith; the best will always take care of itself. [ Victor Hugo ]

It often happens that those of whom we speak least on earth are best known in heaven. [ N. Caussin ]

Wise men, like wine, are best when old; pretty women, like bread, are best when young. [ Haliburton ]

There are few circumstances in which it is not best either to hide all or to tell all. [ La Bruyère ]

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of water. [ Rivarol ]

If the power to do hard work is not talent, it is the best possible substitute for it. [ James A. Garfield ]

True wisdom is to know what is best worth knowing, and to do what is best worth doing. [ Humphreys ]

Words of affection, howsoever expressed, , The latest spoken still are deemed the best. [ Joanna Baillie ]

The best enjoyment is half disappointment to what we mean, or would have, in this world. [ Bailey ]

Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. [ Bacon ]

That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in; and the best of me is diligence. [ William Shakespeare ]

Even the best must own patience and resignation are the pillars of human peace on earth. [ Young ]

Necessity, thou art the best of peacemaker, as well as the surest prompter of invention. [ Scott ]

The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best of hearts. [ Fielding ]

In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us. [ Rochefoucauld ]

The best and most important part of every man's education is that which he gives himself. [ Gibbon ]

To the covetous man life is a nightmare, and God lets him wrestle with it as best he may. [ Henry Ward Beechen ]

Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature. [ N. Hawthorne ]

The best way to secure future happiness is to be as happy as is rightfully possible today. [ Charles William Eliot ]

Extremes of fortune are true wisdom's test, and he's of men most wise who bears them best. [ Cumberland ]

If the best man's faults were written on his forehead, he would draw his hat over his eyes. [ Gray ]

We may make our future by the best use of the present. There is no moment like the present. [ Miss Edgeworth ]

Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health, and is as friendly to the mind as to the body. [ Addison ]

The charm of the best courages is that they are inventions, inspirations, flashes of genius. [ Emerson ]

We should often be ashamed of our best actions if the world saw the motives which inspire us. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Some men's reputation seems like seed-wheat, which thrives best when brought from a distance. [ Whately ]

A wise man likes that best, that is itself; Not that which only seems, though it look fairer. [ Middleton ]

We should accustom the mind to keep the best company by introducing it only to the best books. [ Sydney Smith ]

Wits, like drunken men with swords, are apt to draw their steel upon their best acquaintances. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

Style seems to depend on three things:
1. a mental attitude and character,
2. a familiarity with the best authors,
3. dexterity in the use of words, acquired by constant practice.
So we must learn to speak by speaking, as we learn to walk by walking, or to dance by dancing. [ John Stuart Blackie, The Art Of Authorship, 1891 ]

The speech of the tongue is best known to men; God best understands the language of the heart. [ Warwick ]

Of every noble work the silent part is best; of all expression, that which cannot be expressed. [ W. W. Story ]

How few friendships would be lasting if we knew what our best friends say of us in our absence. [ Pascal ]

As the best wine makes the sharpest vinegar, so the deepest love turns to the deadliest hatred. [ Proverb ]

The best evidence of merit is a cordial recognition of it whenever and wherever it may be found. [ Bovee ]

I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is,
prose = words in their best order;
poetry = the best words in the best order. [ Coleridge ]

The two best rules for a system of rhetoric are: first, have something to say; and next, say it. [ George Emmons ]

Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes. They were easiest for his feet. [ John Selden ]

The habit of looking on the best side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year. [ Johnson ]

The man is best served who has no occasion to put the hands of others at the end of his own arms. [ Rousseau ]

In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best; in matters of prudence, last thoughts are best. [ Robert Hall ]

I have never had a policy. I have simply tried to do what seemed best each day, as each day came. [ Lincoln ]

The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life. [ Edward Everett Hale ]

There are words which are worth as much as the best actions, for they contain the germ of them all. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

Even the best things ill used become evils; and, contrarily, the worst things used well prove good. [ Bishop Hall ]

Nations and men are only the best when they are the gladdest, and deserve heaven when they enjoy it. [ Richter ]

Men live best upon small means. Nature has provided for all, if they only knew how to use her gifts. [ Claudianus ]

To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

For to cast away a virtuous friend, I call as bad as to cast away one's own life, which one loves best. [ Sophocles ]

That which moveth the heart most is the best poetry; it comes nearest unto God, the source of all power. [ Landor ]

The population of the world is a conditional population; not the best, but the best that could live now. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

The best part of our knowledge is that which teaches us where knowledge leaves off, and ignorance begins. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

Correct opinions well established on any subject are the best preservative against the seduction of error. [ Bishop Mant ]

We can prostrate ourselves in the dust when we have committed a fault, but it is not best to remain there. [ Chateaubriand ]

The best portion of a good man's life, -- his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. [ William Wordsworth ]

Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delight of presence best known by the torments of absence. [ Alcibiades ]

Men leave their riches either to their kindred or their friends, and moderate portions prosper best in both. [ Bacon ]

We cannot all serve our country in the same way, but each may do his best, according as God has endowed him. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be. Custom will render it easy and agreeable. [ Pythagoras ]

Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity. [ Horace Mann ]

In the best books great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours. [ Channing ]

He is the best gentleman that is the son of his own deserts, and not the degenerated heir of another's virtue. [ Victor Hugo ]

The best that we can do for one another is to exchange our thoughts freely; and that, after all, is about all. [ Froude ]

Fame, they tell you, is air; but without air there is no life for any; without fame there is none for the best. [ Landor ]

Obstinacy and contention are common qualities, most appearing in, and best becoming, a mean and illiterate soul. [ Montaigne ]

Surely the best way is to meet the enemy in the field, and not wait till he plunders us in our very bed-chamber. [ Goldsmith ]

The best government is not that which renders men the happiest, but that which renders the greatest number happy. [ Charles P. Duclos ]

The worst education that teaches self-denial is better than the best that teaches every thing else, and not that. [ John Sterling ]

Passions, as fire and water, are good servants, but bad roasters, and subminister to the best and worst purposes. [ L'Estrange ]

The best philosophy to employ toward the world is to alloy the sarcasm of gayety with the indulgence of contempt. [ Chamfort ]

Brevity is the best recommendation of a speech, not only in the case of a senator, but in that, too, of an orator. [ Cicero ]

Instruction does not prevent waste of time or mistakes; and mistakes themselves are often the best teachers of all. [ Froude ]

The worst education, which teaches self-denial, is better than the best which teaches everything else and not that. [ John Sterling ]

Every good picture is the best of sermons and lectures. The sense informs the soul. Whatever you have, have beauty. [ Sydney Smith ]

Earnestness is the best gift of mental power, and deficiency of heart is the cause of many men never becoming great. [ Bulwer ]

Live up to the best that is in you: live noble lives, as you all may, in whatever condition you may find yourselves. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

The sight of a drunkard is a better sermon against that vice than the best that was ever preached upon that subject. [ Saville ]

As his wife has been given to man as his best half, so night is the half of life, and by far the better part of life. [ Goethe ]

Every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly until he knows that every day is Doomsday. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

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 ]

Happiness and virtue react upon each other - the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best. [ Lytton ]

Impulse is, after all, the best linguist; its logic, if not conformable to Aristotle, cannot fail to be most convincing. [ Thoreau ]

Science is simply commonsense at its best - that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic. [ Huxley ]

He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best; and he whose heart beats the quickest lives the longest. [ James Martineau ]

Like talks best with like, laughs best with like, works best with like, and enjoys best with like; and it cannot help it. [ Josiah Gilbert Holland (pseudonym Timothy Titcomb) ]

Oh, fair undress, best dress! It checks no vein, but every flowing limb in pleasure drowns, and heightens ease with grace. [ Thomson ]

To know; to get into the truth of anything, is ever a mystic act, of which the best logics can only babble on the surface. [ Carlyle ]

We see, though ordered for the best, permitted laurels grace the lawless brow, the unworthy raised, the worthy cast below. [ Dryden ]

Men live best upon a little; Nature has given to all the privilege of being happy, if they but knew how to use their gifts. [ Claudianus ]

Stern fate and time will have their victims; and the best die first, leaving the bad still strong, though past their prime. [ Ebenezer Elliott ]

If one must be rejected, one succeed, make him my lord within whose faithful breast is fixed my image, and who loves me best. [ Dryden ]

It is only with the best judges that the highest works of art would lose none of their honor by being seen in their rudiments. [ J. F. Boyes ]

Wounds and hardships provoke our courage, and when our fortunes are at the lowest, our wits and minds are commonly at the best. [ Charron ]

Alas! alas! why, all the souls that were, were forfeit once; and he that might the vantage best have took found out the remedy. [ William Shakespeare ]

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 fairest blossoms of pleasantry thrive best where the sun is not strong enough to scorch, nor the soil rank enough to corrupt. [ L'Estrange ]

Within the sacred walls of libraries we find the best thoughts, the purest feelings, and the most exalted imaginings of our race. [ Bovee ]

The highest genius never flowers in satire, but culminates in sympathy with that which is best in human nature, and appeals to it. [ Chapin ]

In a heavy oppressive atmosphere, when the spirits sink too low, the best cordial is to read over all the letters of one's friends. [ Shenstone ]

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 ]

Simple diet is best; for many dishes bring many diseases, and rich sauces are worse than even heaping several meats upon each other. [ Pliny ]

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. [ Benjamin Franklin ]

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 ]

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 ]

Some books we should keep in our hands, and on our hearts; the best way we could dispose of others would be, to throw them in the fire. [ Acton ]

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 ]

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 ]

We can say nothing but what hath been said. Our poets steal from Homer. Our storydressers do as much; he that comes last is commonly best. [ Burton ]

Tact is one of the first of mental virtues, the absence of which is often fatal to the best talents. It supplies the place of many talents. [ Simms ]

When a man has been guilty of any vice or folly, I think the best atonement he can make for it is to warn others not to fall into the like. [ Addison ]

It is manifest that all government of action is to be gotten by knowledge, and knowledge best, by gathering many knowledges, which is reading. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

Knowledge is the treasure of the mind, but discretion is the key to it, without which it is useless. The practical part of wisdom is the best. [ Owen Feltham ]

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 ]

Good taste cannot supply the place of genius in literature, for the best proof of taste, when there is no genius, would be not to write at all. [ Mme. de Staël ]

Irresolution is a worse vice than rashness. He that shoots best, may sometimes miss the mark; but he that shoots not at all, will never hit it. [ Owen Feltham ]

Conflict, which rouses up the best and highest powers in some characters, in others not only jars the whole being, but paralyzes the faculties. [ Mrs. Jameson ]

A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give no peace. [ Emerson ]

Steal! to be sure they may, and, egad, serve your best thoughts as gypsies do stolen children, - disfigure them to make them pass for their own. [ Sheridan ]

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 ]

Men will always act according to their passions. Therefore the best government is that which inspires the nobler passions and destroys the meaner. [ Jacobi ]

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 ]

The great lesson of biography is to show what man can be and do at his best. A noble life put fairly on record acts like an inspiration to others. [ Samuel Smiles ]

Not to be provoked is best; but if moved, never correct till the fume is spent; for every stroke our fury strikes is sure to bit ourselves at last. [ William Penn ]

The best use of a journal is to print the largest practical amount of important truth, - truth which tends to make mankind wiser, and thus happier. [ Horace Greeley ]

He who has done the best he can, has a right to be as happy in the hope of ultimate triumph as though he was already enthroned amidst that triumph. [ Newell Dwight Hillis ]

Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over. [ Goldsmith ]

Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest persons uneasy is the best bred in the company. [ Swift ]

What man's life is not overtaken by one or more of those tornadoes that send us out of the course, and fling us on rocks to shelter as best we may? [ Thackeray ]

Fame may be compared to a scold; the best way to silence her is to let her alone, and she will at last be out of breath in blowing her own trumpet. [ Fuller ]

The impulse to perform a worthy action often springs from our best nature, but is afterwards tainted by the spur of selfishness or sinister interest. [ Emile Souvestre ]

Those who have resources within themselves, who can dare to live alone, want friends the least, but at the same time best know how to prize them most. [ Caleb C. Colton ]

The best ground, untilled, soonest runs out into rank weeds; a man of knowledge that is either negligent or uncorrected cannot but grow wild and godless. [ Bishop Hall ]

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 ]

Die when I may, I want it said of me, by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower when I thought a flower would grow. [ Lincoln ]

The tongue is, at the same time, the best part of man and his worst; with good government, none is more useful, and without it, none is more mischievous. [ Anacharsis ]

I'm proof against that word "failure." I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best. [ George Eliot ]

Talking with a host is next best to talking with one's self.... He is wiser than to contradict his guest in any case; he lets him go on, he lets him travel. [ Thoreau ]

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 ]

Of all pure things, purity in the acquisition of riches is the best. He who preserves purity in becoming rich is really pure, not he who is purified by water. [ Manu ]

Justness of thought and style, refinement in manners, good-breeding and politeness of every kind, can come only from the trial and experience of what is best. [ Duncan ]

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 ]

Friendship has the skill and observation of the best physician, the diligence and vigilance of the best nurse, and the tenderness and patience of the best mother. [ Earl of Clarendon ]

Harmless mirth is the best cordial against the consumption of the spirit; wherefore jesting is not unlawful, if it trespasseth not in quantity, quality or season. [ Fuller ]

Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms; and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism. [ Coleridge ]

Physic is of little use to a temperate person, for a man's own observation on what he finds does him good, and what hurts him is the best physic to preserve health. [ Bacon ]

If the deepest and best affections which God has given us sometimes brood over the heart like doves of peace, - they sometimes suck out our life-blood like vampires. [ Mrs. Jameson ]

Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer; and he who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to supplicate fresh gifts from above. [ Henry Melvill ]

When a woman is deliberating with herself whom she shall choose of many near each other in other pretensions, certainly he of the best understanding is to be preferred. [ Steele ]

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 ]

Truth may perhaps come to the price of a pearl, that showeth best by day, but it will not rise to the price of a diamond or carbuncle, that showeth best in varied lights. [ Bacon ]

Read the best authors attentively - Bacon, Locke, Hume, Berkeley, Jeremy Taylor, and of moderns, Walter Scott, Bulwer, Thackeray, Ruskin, Froude; and practice constantly. [ George Rawlinson, The Art Of Authorship, 1891 ]

A beginner should study the raciest, strongest, best spoken speech, and let the printed speech alone. Write straight from the thought, without bothering about the manner. [ William D. Howells, The Art of Authorship, 1891 ]

For the first time, the best may err, art may persuade, and novelty spread out its charms. The first fault is the child of simplicity; but every other the offspring of guilt. [ Goldsmith ]

Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and good and dwell as little as possible on the dark and the base. [ Cecil ]

The finer the nature, the more flaws it will show through the clearness of it; and it is a law of this universe that the best things shall be seldomest seen in their best form. [ John Ruskin ]

To have read the greatest works of any great poet, to have beheld or heard the greatest works of any great painter or musician, is a possession added to the best things of life. [ Swinburne ]

A good man is the best friend, and therefore soonest to be chosen, longer to be retained, and, indeed, never to be parted with, unless he cease to be that for which he was chosen. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

Our very best friends have a tincture of jealousy even in their friendship; and when they hear us praised by others, will ascribe it to sinister and interested motives if they can. [ Colton ]

As friendship must be founded on mutual esteem, it cannot long exist among the vicious; for we soon find ill company to be like a dog, which dirts those the most whom he loves the best. [ Chatfield ]

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 ]

Art itself, in all its methods, is the child of religion. The highest and best works in architecture, sculpture and painting, poetry and music, have been born out of the religion of Nature. [ James Freeman Clarke ]

We may deserve grief; but why should women be unhappy? - except that we know heaven chastens those whom it loves best, being pleased by repeated trials to make these pure spirits more pure. [ Thackeray ]

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 ]

He that falls into sin, is a man; that grieves at it, is a saint; that boasteth of it, is a devil; yet some glory in that shame, counting the stains of sin the best complexion of their souls. [ Fuller ]

As the air and manner of a gentleman can be acquired only by living habitually in the best society, so grace in composition must be attained by an habitual acquaintance with classical writers. [ Dugald Stewart ]

Until every good man is brave, we must expect to find many good women timid - too timid even to believe in the correctness of their own best promptings, when these would place them in a minority. [ George Eliot ]

Without discretion learning is pedantry and wit impertinence; virtue itself looks like weakness. The best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice. [ Addison ]

Well was it said by a man of sagacity that dancing was a sort of privileged and reputable folly, and that the best way to be convinced of this was to close the ears and judge of it by the eyes alone. [ Gotthold ]

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 ]

God help us! it is a foolish little thing, this human life, at the best; and it is half ridiculous and half pitiful to see what importance we ascribe to it, and to its little ornaments and distinction? [ Jeffrey ]

The words in prose ought to express the intended meaning; if they attract attention to themselves, it is a fault; in the very best styles, as Southey's, you read page after page without noticing the medium. [ Coleridge ]

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 ]

God hides some ideal in every human soul. At some time in our life we feel a trembling, fearful longing to do some good thing. Life finds its noblest spring of excellence in this hidden impulse to do our best. [ Robert Collyer ]

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 ]

Don't waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

A man's longest purposes will be his best purposes. It is true, life is short and uncertain; but it is better to live on the short arc of a large circle than to describe the whole circumference of a small circle. [ Charles H. Parkhurst ]

As flowers never put on their best clothes for Sunday, but wear their spotless raiment and exhale their odor every day, so let your righteous life, free from stain, ever give forth the fragrance of the love of God. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

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 ]

A Christian builds his fortitude on a better foundation than stoicism; he is pleased with everything that happens, because he knows it could not happen unless it first pleased God, and that which pleases Him must be best. [ C. C. Colton ]

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 ]

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 ]

The flatterer's object is to please in everything he does; whereas the true friend always does what is right, and so often gives pleasure, often pain, not wishing the latter, but not shunning it either, if he deems it best. [ Plutarch ]

Many readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings, - as some savage tribes determine the power of their muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

The last, best fruit which comes to late perfection, even in the kindliest soul, is tenderness toward the hard, forbearance toward the unforbearing, warmth of heart toward the cold, and philanthropy toward the misanthropic. [ Jean Paul ]

The best manner of avenging ourselves is by not resembling him who has injured us; and it is hardly possible for one man to be more unlike another than he that forbears to avenge himself of wrong is to him who did the wrong. [ Jane Porter ]

Pity, though it may often relieve, is but, at best, a short-lived passion, and seldom affords distress more than transitory assistance; with some it scarce lasts from the first impulse till the hand can be put into the pocket. [ Goldsmith ]

No good book or good thing of any sort shows its best face at first; nay, the commonest quality in a true work of art, if its excellence have any depth and compass, is that at first sight it occasions a certain disappointment. [ Carlyle ]

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 ]

One of the illusions is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday. [ Emerson ]

The best system of education is that which draws its chief support from the voluntary effort of the community, from the individual efforts of citizens, and from those burdens of taxation which they voluntarily impose upon themselves. [ Garfield ]

Any man shall speak the better when he knows what others have said, and sometimes the consciousness of his inward knowledge gives a confidence to his outward behavior, which of all other is the best thing to grace a man in his carriage. [ Feltham ]

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 ]

Music is God's best gift to man, the only art of heaven given to earth, the only art of earth that we take to heaven. But music, like all our gifts, is given us in the germ. It is for us to unfold and develop it by instruction and cultivation. [ Charles W. Landon ]

Art does not imitate nature, but it founds itself on the study of nature, - takes from nature the selections which best accord with its own intention, and then bestows on them that which nature does not possess, viz. the mind and the soul of man. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

It is not the reading of many books which is necessary to make a man wise or good, but the well-reading of a few, could he be sure to have the best. And it is not possible to read over many on the same subject without a great deal of loss of precious time. [ Richard Baxter ]

Love in modern times has been the tailor's best friend. Every suitor of the nineteenth century spends more than his spare cash on personal adornment. A faultless fit, a glistening hat, tight gloves, and tighter boots proclaim the imminent peril of his position. [ G. A. Sala ]

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 ]

Unconsciousness belongs to pure unmixed life; consciousness, to a diseased mixture and conflict of life and death; unconsciousness is the sign of creation; consciousness, at best, that of manufacture. So deep, in this existence of ours, is the significance of mystery. [ Carlyle ]

A lofty mind always thinks nobly, it easily creates vivid, agreeable, and natural fancies, places them in their best light, clothes them with all appropriate adornments, studies others' tastes, and clears away from its own thoughts all that is useless and disagreeable. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

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 ]

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 ]

Be very circumspect in the choice of thy company. In the society of thine equals thou shalt enjoy more pleasure; in the society of thy superiors thou shalt find more profit. To be the best in the company is the way to grow worse; the best means to grow better is to be the worst there. [ Quarles ]

To act with commonsense, according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know; and the best philosophy, to do one's duties, take the world as it comes, submit respectfully to one's lot, bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it whatever it is, and despise affectation. [ Horace Walpole ]

A mother's love is indeed the golden link that binds youth to age; and he is still but a child, however time may have furrowed his cheek or silvered his brow, who can yet recall, with a softened heart, the fond devotion, or the gentle chidings, of the best friend that God ever gives us. [ Bovee ]

He only is great of heart who floods the world with a great affection. He only is great of mind who stirs the world with great thoughts. He only is great of will who does something to shape the world to a great career; and he is greatest who does the most of all these things, and does them best. [ R. D. Hitchcock ]

A gentleman's taste in dress is, upon principle, the avoidance of all things extravagant. It consists in the quiet simplicity of exquisite neatness; but, as the neatness must be a neatness in fashion, employ the best tailor; pay him ready money, and, on the whole, you will find him the cheapest. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

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 ]

That which I have found the best recreation both to my mind and body, whensoever either of them stands in need of it, is music, which exercises at once both body and soul; especially when I play myself; for then, methinks, the same motion that my hands make upon the instrument, the instrument makes upon my heart. [ J. Beveridge ]

Wise, cultivated, genial conversation is the best flower of civilisation, and the best result which life has to offer us--a cup for gods, which has no repentance. Conversation is our account of ourselves. All we have, all we can, all we know is brought into play, and as the reproduction, in finer form, of all our havings. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

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 ]

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 ]

In some exquisite critical hints on Eurythmy. Goethe remarks, that the best composition in pictures is that which, observing the most delicate laws of harmony, so arranges the objects that they by their position tell their own story. And the rule thus applied to composition in painting applies no less to composition in literature. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

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 ]

The maxim of Cleobulus, Mediocrity is best, has been long considered a universal principle, extending through the whole compass of life and nature. The experience of every age seems to have given it new confirmation, and to show that nothing, however specious or alluring, is pursued with propriety or enjoyed with safety beyond certain limits. [ Dr. Johnson ]

The devil does not stay long where music is performed. Music is the best balsam for a distressed heart; it refreshes and quickens the soul. Music is a governess which makes people milder, meeker, more modest and discreet. Yes, my friends, music is a beautiful, glorious gift of God, and next to theology, I give it the highest place and the highest honor. [ Martin Luther ]

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 ]

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 ]

The motives of the best actions will not bear too strict an inquiry. It is allowed that the cause of most actions, good or bad, may be resolved into the love of ourselves; but the self-love of some men inclines them to please others, and the self-love of others is wholly employed in pleasing themselves. This makes the great distinction between virtue and vice. [ Swift ]

Cheeriness is a thing to be more profoundly grateful for than all that genius ever inspired or talent ever accomplished. Next best to natural, spontaneous cheeriness is deliberate, intended and persistent cheeriness, which we can create, can cultivate and can so foster and cherish that after a few years the world will never suspect that it was not an hereditary gift. [ Helen Hunt Jackson ]

When the first time of love is over, there comes a something better still; then comes that other love; that faithful friendship which never changes, and which will accompany you with its calm light through the whole of life; it is only needful to place yourself so that it may come, and then it comes of itself; and then everything turns and changes itself for the best. [ Frederika Bremer ]

Irresolution is a worse vice than rashness. He that shoots best may sometimes miss the mark; but he that shoots not at all can never hit it. Irresolution loosens all the joints of a state; like an ague, it shakes not this nor that limb, but all the body is at once in a fit. The irresolute man is lifted from one place to another; so hatcheth nothing, but addles all his actions. [ Feltham ]

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 so much in buying pictures as in being pictures, that you can encourage a noble school. The best patronage of art is not that which seeks for the pleasures of sentiment in a vague ideality, nor for beauty of form in a marble image, but that which educates your children into living heroes, and binds down the flights and the fondnesses of the heart into practical duty and faithful devotion. [ Ruskin ]

A clear running brook is the best teacher of style. There is a quick forward movement - but not measured or monotonous movement - while the water is so limpid that everything is seen through the crystal medium. It seems to me that the best style is that which reveals the writer's thoughts so easily, plainly, and musically that the reader becomes engrossed in the thought or story and forgets the writer. [ E P. Roe, The Art Of Authorship, 1891 ]

No man was ever endowed with a judgment so correct and judicious, in regulating his life, but that circumstances, time and experience would teach him something new, and apprize him that of those things with which he thought himself the best acquainted he knew nothing; and that those ideas which in theory appeared the most advantageous were found, when brought into practice, to be altogether inapplicable. [ Terence ]

It is the saying of an old divine, Two things in ray apparel I will chiefly aim at - commodiousness and decency; more than these is not commendable, yet I hate an effeminate spruceness as much as a fantastic disorder. A neglected comeliness is the best ornament. It is said of the celebrated Mr. Whitfield that he always was very clean and neat, and often said pleasantly that a minister of the gospel ought to be without a spot. [ J. Beaumont ]

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 ]

We see a world of pains taken and the best years of life spent in collecting a set of thoughts in a college for the conduct of life, and after all the man so qualified shall hesitate in his speech to a good suit of clothes, and want commonsense before an agreeable woman. Hence it is that wisdom, valour, justice and learning cannot keep a man in countenance that is possessed with these excellencies, if he wants that inferior art of life and behaviour called good-breeding. [ Steele ]

Consider what you have in the smallest chosen library. A company of the wisest and wittiest men that could be picked out of all civil countries, in a thousand years, have set in best order the results of their learning and wisdom. The men themselves were hid and inaccessible, solitary, impatient of interruption, fenced by etiquette; but the thought which they did not uncover to their bosom friend is here written out in transparent words to us, the strangers of another age. [ Emerson ]

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 ]

True hope is based on energy of character. A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope, because it knows the mutability of human affairs and how slight a circumstance may change the whole course of events. Such a spirit, too, rests upon itself, it is not confined to partial views, or to one particular object. And if at last all should be lost, it has saved itself, its own integrity and worth. Hope awakens courage, while despondency is the last of all evils, it is the abandonment of good, the giving up of the battle of life with dead nothingness. He who can implant courage in the human soul is the best physician. [ Von Knebel (German), Translated by Mrs. Austin ]

Greatness is not a teachable nor gainable thing, but the expression of the mind of a God-made man: teach, or preach, or labour as you will, everlasting difference is set between one man's capacity and another's; and this God-given supremacy is the priceless thing, always just as rare in the world at one time as another.... And nearly the best thing that men can generally do is to set themselves, not to the attainment, but the discovery of this: learning to know gold, when we see it, from iron-glance, and diamond from flint-sand, being for most of us a more profitable employment than trying to make diamonds of our own charcoal. [ John Ruskin ]

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 ]

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 ]

In the matter of diet - which is another main thing - I have been persistently strict in sticking to the things which didn't agree with me until one or the other of us got the best of it. Until lately I got the best of it myself. But last spring I stopped frolicking with mince-pie after midnight; up to then I had always believed it wasn't loaded. For thirty years I have taken coffee and bread at eight in the morning, and no bite nor sup until seven-thirty in the evening. Eleven hours. That is all right for me, and is wholesome, because I have never had a headache in my life, but headachy people would not reach seventy comfortably by that road, and they would be foolish to try it. And I wish to urge upon you this - which I think is wisdom - that if you find you can't make seventy by any but an uncomfortable road, don't you go. When they take off the Pullman and retire you to the rancid smoker, put on your things, count your checks, and get out at the first way station where there's a cemetery. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

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