Definition of mind

"mind" in the noun sense

1. mind, head, brain, psyche, nous

that which is responsible for one's thoughts, feelings, and conscious brain functions the seat of the faculty of reason

"his mind wandered"

"I couldn't get his words out of my head"

2. mind

recall or remembrance

"it came to mind"

3. judgment, judgement, mind

an opinion formed by judging something

"he was reluctant to make his judgment known"

"she changed her mind"

4. thinker, creative thinker, mind

an important intellectual

"the great minds of the 17th century"

5. mind


"don't pay him any mind"

6. mind, idea

your intention what you intend to do

"he had in mind to see his old teacher"

"the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"

7. mind, intellect

knowledge and intellectual ability

"he reads to improve his mind"

"he has a keen intellect"

"mind" in the verb sense

1. mind

be offended or bothered by take offense with, be bothered by

"I don't mind your behavior"

2. mind

be concerned with or about something or somebody

3. take care, mind

be in charge of or deal with

"She takes care of all the necessary arrangements"

4. heed, mind, listen

pay close attention to give heed to

"Heed the advice of the old men"

5. beware, mind

be on one's guard be cautious or wary about be alert to

"Beware of telephone salesmen"

6. mind, bear in mind

keep in mind

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Quotations for mind

Mind moves matter. [ Virgil ]

The mind is the man. [ Proverb ]

Good mind, good find. [ Proverb ]

The garden of the mind. [ Tennyson ]

Out of sight out of mind. [ Proverb ]

Taste is the mind's tact. [ De Boufflers ]

The medicine of the mind. [ Diodorus ]

The sunshine of the mind. [ Bulwer Lytton ]

A mind undaunted by death. [ Ovid ]

The mind remains unsubdued.

My mind to me an empire is. [ Southwell ]

Life is too short to waste.
It will soon be dark;
Up! mind thine own aim, and
God speed the mark! [ Emerson ]

My mind to me a Kingdom is. [ Proverb ]

Pity melts the mind to love. [ Dryden ]

With an even or equable mind. [ Motto ]

Each mind has its own method. [ Emerson ]

Taste is the tact of the mind. [ Boufflers ]

A mind conscious of rectitude.

A feeble body weakens the mind. [ Rousseau ]

A narrow mind begets obstinacy. [ Dryden ]

Imagination is the air of mind. [ Bailey ]

I gaze upon the thousand stars
That fill the midnight sky;
And wish, so passionately wish,
A light like theirs on high.
I have such eagerness of hope
To benefit my kind;
I feel as if immortal power
Were given to my mind. [ Miss Landon ]

The mind of the man is the man. [ Motto ]

The mind's only perfect vassal. [ Tuckerman ]

The resolved mind hath no cares. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Night is the Sabbath of mankind.
To rest the body and the mind. [ Butler ]

A good mind possesses a kingdom. [ Proverb ]

The mind paints before the brush. [ James Ellis ]

The true poem is the poet's mind. [ Emerson ]

Wisdom is the repose of the mind. [ Lavater ]

In the forehead and the eye,
The lecture of the mind does lie. [ Proverb ]

Ambition is the mind's Immodesty. [ Davenant ]

A mind moves or informs the mass. [ Virgil ]

The mind alone can not be exiled. [ Ovid ]

Rage and anger hurry on the mind. [ Virgil ]

Mind unemployed is mind unenjoyed. [ Bovee ]

A willing mind makes a light foot. [ Proverb ]

Books are nourishment to the mind. [ Italian Proverb ]

The pen is the tongue of the mind. [ Cervantes ]

Men talk only to conceal the mind. [ Young ]

Timidity is a disease of the mind. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Few minds wear out; more rust out. [ Bovee ]

Your mind is upon chasing of mice. [ Proverb ]

You are a legend in your own mind.

Were I so tall to reach the pole,
Or grasp the ocean with my span,
I must be measured by my soul:
The mind's the standard of the man. [ Watts ]

The mind grows by what it feeds on. [ J. G. Holland ]

We disjoint the mind like the body. [ Joubert ]

It is ever thus with happiness;
It is the gay tomorrow of the mind,
That never comes. [ Proctor ]

It is not the matter, but the mind. [ Proverb ]

The wiser mind
Mourns less for what age takes away
Than what it leaves behind. [ Wordsworth ]

Indolence is the sleep of the mind. [ Vauvenargues ]

The march of the human mind is slow. [ Burke ]

The mind is playful when unburdened.

The burning soul, the burdened mind.
In books alone companions find. [ Mrs. Hale ]

A lazy frost, a numbness of the mind. [ Dryden ]

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

Thy face the index of a feeling mind. [ Crabbe ]

As much love, so much mind, or heart. [ Latin Proverb ]

Style is the physiognomy of the mind. [ Arthur Schopenhauer ]

A person of genius; a brilliant mind. [ French ]

Philosophy is the health of the mind. [ Seneca ]

I'll dream no more - by manly mind
Not even in sleep is will resigned.
My midnight orisons said o'er,
I'll turn to rest, and dream no more. [ Scott ]

A great mind becomes a great fortune. [ Seneca ]

The forehead is the gate of the mind. [ Cicero ]

Mathematics is the mind's recreation. [ Averoni ]

The mind is the eyesight of the soul. [ Schiller ]

The blushing cheek speaks modest mind.
The lips befitting words most kind,
The eye does tempt to love's desire,
And seems to say 'tis Cupid's fire. [ Harrington ]

How fleet is a glance of the mind!
Compared with the speed of its flight.
The tempest itself lags behind,
And the swift-winged arrows of light. [ Cowper ]

Better an ugly face than an ugly mind. [ James Ellis ]

In a narrow circle the mind contracts,
Man grows with his expanded needs. [ Schiller ]

The withered frame, the ruined mind.
The wreck by passion left behind,
A shrivelled scroll, a scattered leaf,
Seared by the autumn blast of grief! [ Byron ]

And let us mind, faint heart never wan
A lady fair. [ Burns ]

The body's wisdom to conceal the mind. [ Young ]

Honor, thou strong idol of man's mind. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

Love's the noblest frailty of the mind. [ John Dryden ]

Finite mind cannot comprehend infinity. [ Jeremiah Seed ]

Fear is the proof of a degenerate mind. [ Virgil ]

So writhes the mind remorse hath riven. [ Byron ]

And oft a retrospect delights the mind. [ Dante ]

The mind is the atmosphere of the soul. [ Joubert ]

Music so softens and disarms the mind
That not an arrow does resistance find. [ Waller ]

Passion is the infatuation of the mind. [ South ]

Too much gravity argues a shallow mind. [ Lavater ]

Stern men with empires in their brains. [ Lowell ]

The mind of guilt is full of scorpions. [ William Shakespeare ]

Passion is the drunkenness of the mind. [ South ]

Nothing's impossible to a willing mind. [ Proverb ]

In youth, the artless index of the mind. [ Horace Mann ]

Oh, if there is one thing above the rest
Written in Wisdom - if there is a word
That I would trace as with a pen of fire
Upon the unsullied temper of a child —
If there is anything that keeps the mind
Open to angel visits, and repels
The ministry of ill - It is Love. [ N. P. Willis ]

It is the mind that makes the body rich. [ William Shakespeare ]

Music to the mind is as air to the body. [ Plato ]

My mind to me a kingdom is;
Such perfect joy therein I find.
That it excels all other bliss
That God or Nature hath assign'd,
Though much I want that most would have.
Yet still my mind forbids to crave. [ Wm. Byrd ]

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. [ William Shakespeare ]

A multitude of books distracts the mind. [ Seneca ]

True love's the gift which God has given
To man alone beneath the heaven;
It is not fantasy's hot fire,
Whose wishes, soon as granted, fly;
It liveth not in fierce desire,
With dead desire it doth not die;
It is the secret sympathy.
The silver link, the silken tie.
Which heart to heart, and mind to mind,
In body and in soul can bind. [ Walter Scott ]

The mind is the proper judge of the man. [ Seneca ]

Fanaticism, soberly defined,
Is the false fire of an o'erheated mind. [ William Cowper ]

Different minds
Incline to different objects, one pursues
The vast alone, the wonderful, the wild;
Another sighs for harmony, and grace
And gentlest beauty. [ Akenside ]

Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed. [ William Cowper ]

Conviction is the conscience of the mind. [ Chamfort ]

Keep thy mind always at its own disposal. [ Thomas à Kempis ]

Idleness of mind is the blight of genius.

There's nothing that allays an angry mind
So soon as a sweet beauty. [ Beaumont and Fletcher ]

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind;
The thief doth fear each bush an officer. [ William Shakespeare ]

Glory is the torch of an honourable mind. [ Motto ]

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 ]

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

Ideality is the avant-courier of the mind. [ Horace Mann ]

Cards were at first for benefits designed,
Sent to amuse, not to enslave the mind. [ Garrick ]

Amusement, to an observing mind, is study. [ Beaconsfield ]

The noblest mind the best contentment has. [ Spenser ]

It is the mind that maketh good or ill.
That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor. [ Spenser ]

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

He enjoys much who is thankful for little.
A grateful mind is a great mind. [ Seeker ]

Tailors and writers must mind the fashion. [ Proverb ]

Vain, very vain, my weary search to find
That bliss which only centres in the mind. [ Goldsmith ]

The sick mind can not bear anything harsh. [ Ovid ]

Night is the sunshine of a contented mind. [ Hus ]

Sin is a state of mind, not an outward act. [ Sewell ]

Discourse, the sweeter banquet of the mind. [ Homer ]

Dashing in big drops on the narrow pane,
And making mournful music for the mind,
While plays his interlude the wizzard wind,
I hear the singing of the frequent rain. [ William H. Burleigh ]

A delicate thought is a flower of the mind. [ Rollin ]

To the mind,
Which is itself, no changes bring surprise. [ Byron ]

Change amuses the mind, but rarely profits. [ Goethe ]

O woman, woman, when to ill thy mind
Is bent, all hell contains no fouler fiend. [ Homer ]

A mind diseased cannot bear anything harsh. [ Ovid ]

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

Make your mark, but mind what your mark is. [ Proverb ]

Men that hazard all
Do it in hope of fair advantages:
A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross. [ William Shakespeare ]

Calamity is the touchstone of a brave mind. [ Proverb ]

The flame of glory is the torch of the mind. [ Motto ]

But can the noble mind forever brood,
The willing victim of a weary mood,
On heartless cares that squander life away,
And cloud young Genius brightening into day? [ Campbell ]

He that attends to his interior self,
That has a heart, and keeps it; has a mind
That hungers, and supplies it; and who seeks
A social, not a dissipated life,
Has business. [ Cowper ]

Oft have I heard that grief softens the mind
And makes it fearful and degenerate. [ William Shakespeare ]

To pour the fresh instruction over the mind,
To breathe the enlivening spirit, and to fix
The generous purpose in the glowing breast. [ Thomson ]

But inborn worth that fortune can control,
New strung and stiffer bent her softer soul.
The heroine assumed the woman's place;
Confirmed her mind, and fortified her face. [ Dryden ]

The mind, the music breathing from her face. [ Byron ]

Man yields to custom as he bows to fate,
In all things ruled--mind, body, and estate;
In pain, in sickness, we for cure apply
To them we know not, and we know not why. [ Crabbe ]

The first sure symptom of a mind in health
Is rest of heart, and pleasure felt at home. [ Edward Young ]

Man yields to custom as he bows to fate.
In all things ruled - mind, body and estate;
In pain or sickness, we for cure apply
To them we know not, and we know not why. [ Crabbe ]

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. [ Milton ]

Memory, and thou, Forgetfulness, not yet
Your powers in happy harmony I find;
One oft recalls what I would fain forget,
And one blots out what I would bear in mind. [ Macedonius ]

An evil tongue is the proof of an evil mind. [ Publius Syrus ]

Perhaps he hath great projects in his mind,
To build a college, or to found a race,
An hospital, a church - and leave behind
Some dome surmounted by his meagre face,
Perhaps he fain would liberate mankind
Even with the very ore which makes them base;
Perhaps he would be wealthiest of his nation,
Or revel in the joys of calculation. [ Byron ]

Virtue is in the mind, not in the appearance. [ Saadi ]

The flush of youth soon passes from the face,
The spells of fancy from the mind depart;
The form may lose its symmetry, its grace.
But time can claim no victory over the heart. [ Mrs. Dinnies ]

To the noble mind
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. [ William Shakespeare, Hamlet ]

Lo, the poor Indian! whose untutored mind
Sees God in clouds, or hears Him in the wind. [ Pope ]

Moderation in prosperity argues a great mind. [ Proverb ]

Dumb jewels often, in their silent kind,
More than quick words do move a woman's mind. [ Two Gent. of Ver ]

Of all the causes that conspire to blind
Man's erring judgment, and misguide the mind.
What the weak head with strongest bias rules,
Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools. [ Pope ]

A weak body is the assassin of a strong mind. [ T. Tilton ]

We bleed, we tremble, we forget, we smile -
The mind turns fool, before the cheek is dry. [ Young ]

Canst thou not minster to a mind diseased;
Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow;
Raze out the written troubles of the brain;
And, with some sweet oblivious antidote,
Cleanse the foul bosom of that perilous stuff,
Which weighs upon the heart? [ William Shakespeare ]

'Tis education forms the common mind;
Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined. [ Alexander Pope ]

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

Can wealth give happiness? look round, and see
What gay distress! what splendid misery!
Whatever fortune lavishly can pour.
The mind annihilates, and calls for more. [ Young ]

Singularity shows something wrong in the mind. [ Clarissa ]

Lo! the poor Indian, whose untutor'd mind
Sees God in clouds, or hears Him in the wind;
His soul proud science never taught to stray
Far as the solar walk or milky way;
Yet simple nature to his hope has given,
Behind the cloud-topt hills, a humbler heaven. [ Pope ]

Around her shone
The nameless charms unmark'd by her alone.
The light of love, the purity of grace,
The mind, the music breathing from her face.
The heart whose softness harmonized the whole,
And, oh! that eye was in itself a soul. [ Byron ]

When peace and mercy, vanished from the plain,
Sprung on the viewless winds to heaven again,
All, all forsook the friendless guilty mind;
But Hope, the charmer, lingered still behind. [ Thomas Campbell ]

The wise man changes his mind, the fool never. [ Spanish Proverb ]

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 ]

The material universe exists only in the mind. [ Jonathan Edwards ]

Diseases of the mind impair the bodily powers. [ Ovid ]

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 ]

Frame your mind to mirth and merriment.
Which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life. [ William Shakespeare ]

The charm of eloquence - the skill
To wake each secret string,
And from the bosom's chords at will
Life's mournful music bring;
The overmastering strength of mind, which sways
The haughty and the free,
Whose might earth's mightiest ones obey
This charm was given to thee. [ Mrs. Embury ]

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 ]

Madame, bear in mind
That princes govern all things - save the wind. [ Victor Hugo ]

Who thinks that Fortune cannot change her mind.
Prepares a dreadful jest for all mankind. [ Pope ]

With affection's warm, intense, refined;
She mixed such calm and holy strength of mind.
That, like heaven's image in the smiling brook,
Celestial peace was pictured in her look. [ Campbell ]

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 ]

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

O magic sleep! O comfortable bird
That broodest over the troubled sea of the mind
Till it is hushed and smooth! [ Keats ]

The soul of man is a mirror of the mind of God. [ John Ruskin ]

The immortal mind, superior to his fate.
Amid the outrage of external things,
Firm as the solid base of this great world.
Rests on his own foundation. Blow, ye winds!
Ye waves! ye thunders! roll your tempests on!
Shake, ye old pillars of the marble sky!
Till at its orbs and all its worlds of fire
Be loosen'd from their seats; yet still serene,
The unconquer'd mind looks down upon the wreck;
And ever stronger as the storms advance,
Firm through the closing ruin holds his way,
When nature calls him to the destined goal. [ Akenside ]

Those whom God to ruin has designed.
He fits for fate, and first destroys their mind. [ Dryden ]

As this auspicious day began the race
Of every virtue join'd with every grace;
May you, who own them, welcome its return,
Till excellence, like yours, again is born.
The years we wish, will half your charms impair;
The years we wish the better half will spare;
The victims of your eyes will bleed no more,
But all the beauties of your mind adore. [ Jeffrey ]

Pleas'd to look forward, pleas'd to look behind,
And count each birthday with a grateful mind. [ Pope ]

You can't order remembrance out of a man's mind. [ Thackeray ]

'Tis true; 'tis certain; man though dead retains
Part of himself; the immortal mind remains. [ Homer ]

Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas'd,
Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
Raze out the written troubles of the brain?
And with some sweet oblivious antidote,
Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff
Which weighs upon the heart? [ William Shakespeare, Macbeth ]

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind. [ William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, Act I. Sc.1 ]

Blest be the gracious Power, who taught mankind
To stamp a lasting image of the mind!
Beasts may convey, and tuneful birds may sing.
Their mutual feelings, in the opening spring;
But Man alone has skill and power to send
The heart's warm dictates to the distant friend;
'Tis his alone to please, instruct, advise
Ages remote, and nations yet to rise. [ Crabbe ]

The mind, relaxing into needful sport,
Should turn to writers of an abler sort.
Whose wit well managed, and whose classic style,
Give truth a lustre and make wisdom smile. [ Cowper ]

His eloquence is classic in its style,
Not brilliant with explosive coruscations
Of heterogeneous thoughts, at random caught.
And scattered like a shower of shooting stars,
That end in darkness: no; - his noble mind
Is clear, and full, and stately, and serene.
His earnest and undazzled eye he keeps
Fixed on the sun of Truth, and breathes his words
As easily as eagles cleave the air,
And never pauses till the height is won;
And all who listen follow where he leads. [ Mrs. Hale ]

Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor:
For 'tis the mind that makes the body rich;
And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,
So honor peereth in the meanest habit. [ William Shakespeare ]

Peace rules the day, where reason rules the mind. [ Collins ]

Measure your mind's height by the shade it casts. [ Browning ]

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

True comeliness, which nothing can impair,
Dwells in the mind; all else is vanity and glare. [ Thomson ]

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 ]

Let thy mind still be bent, still plotting where,
And when, and how thy business may be done,
Slackness breeds worms; but the sure traveller,
Though he alights sometimes, still goeth on. [ George Herbert ]

Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. [ St. Paul ]

At the point of the pen is the focus of the mind. [ J. L. Basford ]

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 ]

Let thy great deeds force fate to change her mind;
He that courts fortune boldly, makes her kind. [ John Dryden ]

The human mind will not be confined to any limits. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Wherever the speech is corrupted the mind is also. [ Seneca ]

I know of nobody that has a mind to die this year. [ Proverb ]

The mind of man is always longing to do something. [ Cicero ]

O heart, and mind, and thoughts! what thing do you
Hope to inherit in the grave below? [ Shelley ]

Music is both sunshine and irrigation to the mind. [ W. S. Landor ]

Spring has no blossom fairer than thy form;
Winter no snow-wreath purer than thy mind;
The dew-drop trembling to the morning beam
Is like thy smile, pure, transient, heaven refin'd. [ Mrs. Lydia Jane Pierson ]

As sight is in the eye, so is the mind in the soul! [ Sophocles ]

A great mind is a good sailor, as a great heart is. [ Emerson ]

The poet's pen is the true divining rod
Which trembles towards the inner founts of feeling;
Bringing to light and use, else hid from all.
The many sweet clear sources which we have
Of good and beauty in our own deep bosoms;
And marks the variations of all mind
As does the needle. [ Bailey ]

The mind will quote whether the tongue does or not. [ Emerson ]

Years steal
Fire from the mind, as vigour from the limb;
And life's enchanted cup but sparkles near the brim. [ Byron ]

Grace is to the body what good sense is to the mind. [ La Roche ]

When you see a snake, never mind where he came from. [ Proverb ]

Instruction enlarges the natural powers of the mind. [ Horace ]

Superfluous advice is not retained by the full mind. [ Horace ]

And I will hold your mind captive with sweet novelty. [ Ovid ]

Memory is the granary of the mind, and of experience. [ O. Commettant ]

Errors belong to libraries; truth, to the human mind. [ Goethe ]

Years steal fire from the mind as vigor from the limb. [ Byron ]

Every body drags its shadow, and every mind its doubt. [ Victor Hugo ]

The dispositions of the mind are expressed in flowers. [ James Ellis ]

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 ]

Minds which never rest are subject to many digressions. [ Joubert ]

The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable. [ Seneca ]

The mind of man can accomplish whatever it resolves on.

Revenge, we find, the abject pleasure of an abject mind. [ Juvenal ]

There are abysses in the mind that are deeper than hell. [ Platen ]

The ponderous tomes are bales of the mind's merchandise. [ Willmott ]

The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body. [ Publius Syrus ]

He had a prince's mind imprisoned in a poor man's purse. [ Fuller ]

By work of the mind one secures the repose of the heart. [ Jaucourt ]

Around her shone The light of love, the purity of grace.
The mind, the music breathing from her face;
The heart whose softness harmonized the whole;
And, oh! that eye was in itself a soul! [ Byron ]

Mind is the partial side of men; the heart is everything. [ Rivarol ]

God keep me from the man that hath but one thing to mind. [ Proverb ]

Purity of mind and conduct is the first glory of a woman. [ Mme. de Stael ]

The gallantry of the mind consists in agreeable flattery. [ Rochefoucauld ]

There is no better sign of a brave mind than a hard hand. [ Shakespeare ]

Our prayers should be for a sound mind in a healthy body. [ Juvenal ]

It is not the beast, but the mind, that is the sacrifice. [ Proverb ]

The very might of the human intellect reveals its limits. [ Madame Swetchine ]

A great man is one who affects the mind of his generation. [ Beaconsfield ]

'Tis easiest dealing with the firmest mind -
More just when it resists, and, when it yields, more kind. [ Crabbe ]

Anger turns the mind out of doors, and bolts the entrance. [ Plutarch ]

Guard well thy thoughts: our thoughts are heard in heaven. [ Young ]

A benefit is estimated according to the mind of the giver. [ Seneca ]

Minds that have nothing to confer find little to perceive. [ Wordsworth ]

Straining breaks the bow, and relaxation relieves the mind. [ Syrus ]

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

The mind alone is in fault which can never fly from itself. [ Horace ]

There's no art To find the mind's construction in the face. [ William Shakespeare ]

Neglect will drive a noble mind to depart for another land. [ Ibn Muner ]

Good taste comes more from the judgment than from the mind. [ La Roche ]

Idleness is more an infirmity of the mind than of the body. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

God is the only sure foundation on which the mind can rest. [ S. Irenaeus Prime ]

+{Instruction} Seek to, delight, that they may mend mankind.
And, while they captivate, inform the mind. [ Cowper ]

Banqueting with gods on the ambrosia and nectar of the mind. [ W. R. Alger ]

Happiness is no other than soundness and perfection of mind. [ Antoninus ]

A mind once cultivated will not lie fallow for half an hour. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

He that doubts the existence of mind, by doubting, proves it. [ Milton in his Old Age ]

Apt words have power to 'suage The tumors of a troubled mind;
And are as balm to festered wounds. [ Milton ]

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. [ Emerson ]

Any mind that is capable of a real sorrow is capable of good. [ Mrs. Stowe ]

Nothing recommends a man more to the female mind than courage. [ Spectator ]

Cleanliness may be defined to be the emblem of purity of mind. [ Addison ]

The mind grows narrow in proportion as the soul grows corrupt. [ Rousseau ]

The mind is slow in unlearning what it has been long learning. [ Seneca ]

True wisdom, laboring to expound, heareth others readily;
False wisdom, sturdy to deny, closeth up her mind to argument. [ Tupper ]

The act does not make a man guilty, unless the mind be guilty. [ Law Max ]

Systems exercise the mind, but faith enlightens and guides it. [ Voltaire ]

Doubt springs from the mind; faith is the daughter of the soul. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

Age bears away with it all things, even the powers of the mind. [ Virgil ]

Cultivation is as necessary to the mind as food is to the body. [ Cicero ]

The acquirements of science maybe termed the armor of the mind. [ Colton ]

The mind conceives with pain, but it brings forth with delight. [ Joubert ]

Genuine and innocent wit is surely the very flavor of the mind. [ Moses Harvey ]

Gravity is the ballast of the soul, which keeps the mind steady. [ Fuller ]

The strong mind is nowise the mind acquainted with its strength. [ Carlyle ]

Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind. [ Juvenal ]

Culture implies all which gives a mind possession of its powers. [ Emerson ]

Affectation is as necessary to the mind as dress is to the body. [ Hazlitt ]

It is the riches of the mind only that make a man rich and happy. [ Proverb ]

The error of our eye directs our mind: What error leads must err. [ William Shakespeare ]

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body. [ Seneca ]

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the mind. [ Proverb ]

Distinction is the consequence, never the object, of a great mind. [ W. Allston ]

He who imparts wisdom to another purifies and exalts his own mind. [ Proverb ]

Stay at home in your mind, - don't recite other people's opinions. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Gravity is a stratagem invented to conceal the poverty of the mind. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Mind and night will meet, though in silence, like forbidden lovers. [ Bailey ]

As long as the heart preserves desire, the mind preserves illusion. [ Chateaubriand ]

That besotting intoxication which verbal magic brings upon the mind. [ South ]

Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind. [ Colton ]

The mind attracted by what is false has no relish for better things. [ Horace ]

There is no art whereby to find the mind's construction in the face. [ William Shakespeare ]

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star. [ Confucius ]

Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power of dominion. [ Addison ]

The mind doth shape itself to its own wants, and can bear all things. [ Joanna Baillie ]

The secret pleasure of a generous act is the great mind's great bribe. [ Dryden ]

The mind wears the colors of the soul, as a valet those of his master. [ Madame Swetchine ]

A man only understands what is akin to some things already in his mind. [ Amiel ]

His face was of that doubtful kind, That wins the eye but not the mind. [ Scott ]

Inconstancy is sometimes due to levity of mind, but oftener to satiety. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind. [ W. R. Alger ]

We plainly perceive that the mind strengthens and decays with the body. [ Lucretius ]

Habits leave their impress upon the mind, even after they are given up. [ Spurgeon ]

Sorrow causes more absence of mind and confusion than so-called levity. [ Richter ]

The flowering moments of the mind drop half their petals in our speech. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind. [ T. Gautier ]

'Tis but a base ignoble mind that mounts no higher than a bird can soar. [ William Shakespeare ]

Rarely do we meet in one combined, a beauteous body and a virtuous mind. [ Juvenal ]

Let every one mind his own business, and the cows will be well cared for. [ French Proverb ]

In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts bring sad thoughts to the mind. [ Wordsworth ]

To train the mind shall be the first object, and to stock it, the second. [ William Ewart Gladstone ]

As many suffer from too much as too little. A fat body makes a lean mind. [ Bovee ]

Even from the body's purity, the mind Receives a secret, sympathetic aid. [ Thomson ]

Too much painstaking speaks disease in one's mind, as much as too little. [ Carlyle ]

If we have but the right mind, all things, even those which hurt, help us. [ Spalding ]

It is but a base, ignoble mind that mounts no higher than a bird can soar. [ William Shakespeare ]

Novels teach the youthful mind to sigh after happiness that never existed. [ Goldsmith ]

Had you the world on your chess-board you could not fill all to your mind. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

He that commits a sin shall find the pressing guilt lie heavy on his mind. [ Creech ]

How glorious a character appears when it is penetrated with mind and soul. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

As the grace of man is in the mind, so the beauty of the mind is eloquence. [ Cicero ]

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

The cultivation of the mind is a kind of food supplied for the soul of man. [ Cicero ]

The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse as we grow old. [ Rochefoucauld ]

It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor. [ Cicero ]

The brain is the citadel of the senses: this guides the principle of thought. [ Pliny the Elder ]

The mind yearns after what is gone, and loses itself in dreaming of the past. [ Petron ]

The education of life perfects the thinking mind, but depraves the frivolous. [ Mme. de Stael ]

Strong thoughts are iron nails driven in the mind, that nothing can draw out. [ Diderot ]

Repartee is altogether a natural endowment, and is the lightning of the mind. [ Alfred de Musset ]

Fanaticism is a fire which heats the mind indeed, but heats without purifying. [ Warburton ]

The diseases of the mind are more and more destructive than those of the body. [ Cicero ]

Gallantry of mind consists in saying flattering things in an agreeable manner. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Idleness is the stupidity of the body, and stupidity the idleness of the mind. [ Seume ]

There is nothing so clear-sighted and sensible as a noble mind in a low estate. [ Jane Porter ]

Every one speaks well of his heart, but no one dares to speak well of his mind. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Do not overwork the mind any more than the body; do everything with moderation. [ Bacon ]

It is with the mind that we amuse ourselves, but with the heart we never weary. [ A. Dumas pere ]

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is curiosity. [ Burke ]

Anger has some claim to indulgence, and railing is usually a relief to the mind. [ Junius ]

A man who cannot mind his own business is not fit to be trusted with the king's. [ Saville ]

The mind revolts against certain opinions, as the stomach rejects certain foods. [ Hazlitt ]

Ennui is the rust of the mind born of idleness. It is unused tools that corrode. [ Mme. de Girardin ]

Those faithful mirrors, which reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes. [ Gibbon ]

The mind that too frequently forgives bad actions will at last forget good ones. [ Reynolds ]

Envy, to which the ignoble mind's a slave, is emulation in the learned or brave. [ Pope ]

How many minds - almost all the great ones - were formed in secrecy and solitude! [ Matthew Arnold ]

A dagger of the mind, a false creation, Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? [ William Shakespeare ]

True dignity is his whose tranquil mind virtue has raised above the things below. [ Beattie ]

Great minds lower, instead of elevate, those who do not know how to support them. [ Rochefoucauld ]

I hardly know so true a mark of a little mind as the servile imitation of others. [ Lord Greville ]

The guilty mind debases the great image that it wears, and levels us with brutes. [ Havard ]

Order is to arrangement what the soul is to the body, and what mind is to matter. [ Joubert ]

In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker. [ Plutarch ]

It shows a weak mind not to bear prosperity as well as adversity with moderation. [ Cicero ]

Mind is the great lever. Thought is the process by which human ends are answered. [ Webster ]

Debt is a heavy burden to an honest mind, but thievish borrowers make light of it. [ Proverb ]

To bear adversity with an equal mind is both the sign and glory of a brave spirit. [ Quarles ]

The smaller the calibre of mind, the greater the bore of a perpetually open mouth. [ O. W. Holmes ]

Let thy mind's sweetness have its operation upon thy body, clothes, and habitation. [ George Herbert ]

Despair gives the shocking ease to the mind that a mortification gives to the body. [ Lord Greville ]

If you cannot bring your condition to your mind, bring your mind to your condition. [ Dr. Jacobus ]

The marble index of a mind forever Voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone. [ Wordsworth ]

What I possess I would gladly retain; change amuses the mind, yet scarcely profits. [ Goethe ]

The two great movers of the human mind are the desire of good and the fear of evil. [ Johnson ]

Minds of moderate calibre ordinarily condemn everything which is beyond their range. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

The common mind is the true Parian marble, fit to be wrought into likeness to a god. [ George Bancroft ]

The science of Nature initiates the human mind into the secret thoughts of Divinity. [ Mme. d'Agoult ]

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

Not body enough to cover his mind decently with; his intellect is improperly exposed. [ Sydney Smith ]

No great thought, no great object, satisfies the mind at first view, nor at the last. [ Abel Stevens ]

Though Fortune's malice overthrow my state, my mind exceeds the compass of her wheel. [ William Shakespeare ]

We measure minds by their stature; it would be better to esteem them by their beauty. [ Joubert ]

Reflection increases the vigor of the mind, as exercise does the strength of the body. [ Levis ]

Generosity, wrong placed, becometh a vice; a princely mind will undo a private family. [ Fuller ]

Content is to the mind like moss to a tree; it bindeth it up so as to stop its growth. [ Halifax ]

In nature there's no blemish but the mind; none can be called deformed but the unkind. [ William Shakespeare ]

Man yields to custom as he bows to fate, - in all things ruled, mind, body, and estate. [ Crabbe ]

Talk what you will of taste, my friend, you'll find two of a face as soon as of a mind. [ Pope ]

What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind. What is the soul? It is immaterial. [ Hood ]

When money is unreasonably coveted, it is a disease of the mind which is called avarice. [ Cicero ]

We cannot employ the mind to advantage when we are filled with excessive food and drink. [ Cicero ]

He that cannot keep his mind to himself cannot practise any considerable thing whatever. [ Carlyle ]

Gravity is a mysterious carriage of the body, invented to cover the defects of the mind. [ La Roche ]

What is this little, agile, precious fire, this fluttering motion which we call the mind? [ Prior ]

Babylon in all its desolation is a sight not so awful as that of the human mind in ruins. [ Scorpe Davies ]

The mind of man is this world's true dimension; and knowledge is the measure of the mind. [ Greville ]

What the light of your mind pronounces incredible, that, in God's name, leave uncredited. [ Carlyle ]

It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of a man is tested. [ Lowell ]

To give and to lose is nothing; but to lose and to give still is the part of a great mind. [ Seneca ]

A well-cultivated mind is, so to say, made up of all the minds of the centuries preceding. [ Fontenelle ]

It is the treasure-house of the mind, wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved. [ Thomas Fuller ]

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

We're not ourselves when Nature, being oppressed, commands the mind to suffer with the body. [ William Shakespeare ]

Good taste is the modesty of the mind; that is why it cannot be either imitated or acquired. [ Mme. Girardin ]

A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world. [ Locke ]

What has been sown in the mind of the youth blooms and fructifies in the sun of riper years. [ Alfred Mercier ]

We love and live in power; it is the spirit's end. Mind must subdue; to conquer is its life. [ Bailey ]

The mind hath not reason to remember that passions ought to be her vassals, not her masters. [ Sir Walter Raleigh ]

The mind wishes for what it has missed, and occupies itself with retrospective contemplation. [ Petronius Arbiter ]

The true, strong, and sound mind is the mind that can embrace equally great things and small. [ Johnson ]

A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Flattery is no more than what raises in a man's mind an idea of a preference which he has not. [ Burke ]

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

Firmness or stiffness of the mind is not from adherence to truth, but submission to prejudice. [ Locke ]

Of all the faculties of the mind, memory is the first that flourishes and the first that dies. [ Colton ]

Thought in the mind may come forth gold or dross; when coined in words, we know its real worth. [ Young ]

Love is the most easy and agreeable, and gratitude the most humiliating, affection of the mind. [ Goldsmith ]

Wine and other luxuries have a tendency to enervate the mind and make men less brave in battle. [ Caesar ]

The mind ought sometimes to be amused, that it may the better return to thought, and to itself. [ Phaedrus ]

To write well is to think well; there is no art of style distinct from the culture of the mind. [ Ernest Renan, The Art Of Authorship, 1891 ]

Motives by excess reverse their very nature, and instead of exciting, stun and stupefy the mind. [ Coleridge ]

Narrowness of mind is often the cause of obstinacy; we do not easily believe beyond what we see. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Religion is no friend to laziness and stupidity, or to supine and sottish despondencies of mind. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

The frequent recourse to finesse is always the effect of incapacity and the mark of a small mind. [ French ]

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind, than in the one where they sprung up. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

The ideal is the flower-garden of the mind, and very apt to run to weeds unless carefully tended. [ Mrs. Oliphant ]

A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones. [ Chesterfield ]

It is the mind that sins, not the body, and where there was no intention there is no criminality. [ Liv ]

The mind does not know what diet it can feed on until it has been brought to the starvation point. [ Holmes ]

Enthusiasm is that temper of the mind in which the imagination has got the better of the judgment. [ Warburton ]

It is thought and digestion which makes books serviceable, and gives health and vigor to the mind. [ T. Fuller ]

Nothing so much convinces me of the boundlessness of the human mind as its operations in dreaming. [ W. B. Clulow ]

We ought to allow the affections of the mind to be neither too much elated nor abjectly depressed. [ Cicero ]

The chaste mind, like a polished plane, may admit foul thoughts, without receiving their tincture. [ Sterne ]

Servile doubt argues an impotence of mind, that says we fear because we dare not meet misfortunes. [ Aaron Hill ]

Humour is properly the exponent of low things; that which first renders them poetical to the mind. [ Carlyle ]

Your absence of mind we have borne, till your presence of body came to be called in question by it. [ Charles Lamb ]

God afflicts with the mind of a father, and kills for no other purpose but that he may raise again. [ South ]

Truth is always present; it only needs to lift the iron lids of the mind's eye to read its oracles. [ Emerson ]

Good-nature is the beauty of the mind, and, like personal beauty, wins almost without anything else. [ Hanway ]

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking makes what we read ours. [ John Locke ]

Eloquence is the child of knowledge. When the mind is full, like a wholesome river, it is also clear. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

The mind conscious of Innocence despises false reports: but we are always ready to believe a scandal. [ Ovid ]

That extremes beget extremes is an apothegm built on the most profound observation of the human mind. [ Colton ]

Presumption will be easily corrected; but timidity is a disease of the mind more obstinate and fatal. [ Johnson ]

The Golden Rule Of Three.

Three things to be - pure, just and honest.
Three things to govern - temper, tongue and conduct.
Three things to live - courage, affection and gentleness.
Three things to love - the wise, the virtuous and the innocent.
Three things to commend - thrift, industry and promptness.
Three things about which to think - life, death and eternity.
Three things to despise - cruelty, arrogance and ingratitude.
Three things to admire - dignity, gracefulness and intellectual power.
Three things to cherish - the true, the beautiful and the good.
Three things for which to wish - health, friends and contentment.
Three things for which to fight - honor, home and country.
Three things to attain - goodness of heart, integrity of purpose and cheerfulness of disposition.
Three things to give - alms to the needy, comfort to the sad and appreciation to the worthy.
Three things to desire - the blessing of God, an approving conscience and the fellowship of the good.
Three things for which to work - a trained mind, a skilled hand and a regulated heart.
Three things for which to hope - a haven of peace, a robe of righteousness and the crown of life. [ Beattie ]

Friendship is too pure a pleasure for a mind cankered with ambition or the lust of power and grandeur. [ Junius ]

Difficulties, by bracing the mind to overcome them, assist cheerfulness, as exercise assists digestion. [ C. N. Bovee ]

Whatever things injure your eye you are anxious to remove; but things which affect your mind you defer. [ Horace ]

Greatness is not a teachable nor gainable thing, but the expression of the mind of a God-made great man. [ Ruskin ]

Sentiment, in its broadest acceptation, is as essential to the true enjoyment and grace of life as mind. [ Henry T. Tuckerman ]

My soul, what's lighter than a feather? Wind. Than wind? The fire. And what than fire? The mind.
What's lighter than the mind? A thought. Than thought? This bubble world. What than this bubble? Nought. [ Quarles ]

Since your eyes are so sharp, that you cannot only look through a millstone, but clean through the mind. [ Lyly ]

He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must always have had a very low standard of it in his mind. [ Hazlitt ]

Mental sunshine makes the mind grow, and perpetual happiness makes human nature a flower garden in bloom. [ Christian D. Larson ]

Nothing of worth or weight can be achieved with half a mind, with a faint heart, and with a lame endeavor. [ Barrow ]

Nobody can continue easy in his own mind who does not endeavour to become least of all and servant of all. [ Thomas à Kempis ]

Almost all my tragedies were sketched in my mind, either in the act of hearing music or a few hours after. [ Alfieri ]

Gentleman is a term which does not apply to any station, but to the mind and the feelings in every station. [ Talfourd ]

The state of that man's mind who feels too intense an interest as to future events, must be most deplorable. [ Seneca ]

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind. [ Coleridge ]

Humor is the very juice of the mind, oozing from the brain, and enriching and fertilizing wherever it falls. [ Edwin P. Whipple ]

As the mind must govern the hands, so in every society the man of intelligence must direct the man of labor. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Man is the metre of all things, the hand is the instrument of instruments, and the mind is the form of forms. [ Aristotle ]

My opinion, my conviction, gains infinitely in strength and sureness the moment a second mind has adopted it. [ Novalis ]

Drudgery is as necessary to call out the treasures of the mind, as harrowing and planting those of the earth. [ Margaret Fuller ]

Keep but ever looking, whether with the body's eye or the mind's, and you will soon find something to look on. [ Robert Browning ]

Half-uttered praise is to the curious mind, as to the eye half-veiled beauty is, more precious than the whole. [ Joanna Baillie ]

The most brilliant flashes of wit come from a clouded mind, as lightning leaps only from an obscure firmament. [ Bovee ]

Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge; and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance. [ William Ellery Channing ]

Nothing under heaven so strongly does allure the sense of man, and all his mind possess, as beauty's love bait. [ Spenser ]

Ridicule is a weak weapon when levelled at a strong mind; but common men are cowards, and dread an empty laugh. [ Tupper ]

Good qualities are the substantial riches of the mind, but it is good-breeding that sets them off to advantage. [ Locke ]

No two things differ more than hurry and dispatch. Hurry is the mark of a weak mind; dispatch, of a strong one. [ Caleb C. Colton ]

If there is anything that keeps the mind open to angel visits, and repels the ministry of ill, it is human love. [ Willis ]

Be sure to preserve an unruffled mind in adversity, as well as one restrained from immoderate joy in prosperity. [ Horace ]

In matters of great concern, and which must be done, there is no surer argument of a weak mind than irresolution. [ Tillotson ]

Study detains the mind by the perpetual occurrence of something new, which may gratefully strike the imagination. [ Dr. I. Watts ]

Mind is the great lever of all things: human thought is the process by which human ends are alternately answered. [ Daniel Webster ]

Fight valiantly today; and yet I do thee wrong to mind thee of it, for thou art framed of the firm truth of valor. [ William Shakespeare ]

A sound mind in a sound body, if the former be the glory of the latter, the latter is indispensable to the former. [ Edwards ]

Among all the diseases of the mind, there is not one more epidemical or more pernicious than the love of flattery. [ Steele ]

Have a purpose is life, and having it, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you. [ Carlyle ]

There needs not strength to he added to inviolate chastity; the excellency of the mind makes the body impregnable. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

I think rain is as necessary to the mind as to vegetation. My very thoughts become thirsty, and crave the moisture. [ John Burroughs ]

No human power can force the intrenchments of the human mind: compulsion never persuades; it only makes hypocrites. [ Fenelon ]

The mind of man is ignorant of fate and future destiny, and of keeping within due bounds when elated by prosperity. [ Virgil ]

Our minds are like our stomachs; they are whetted by the change of food, variety supplies both with fresh appetite. [ Quintilian ]

Mind is the great leveller of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are alternately answered. [ Daniel Webster ]

The more accurately we search into the human mind, the stronger traces we everywhere find of His wisdom who made it. [ Burke ]

Every error of the mind is the more conspicuous and culpable in proportion to the rank of the person who commits it. [ Juvenal ]

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion. [ Francis Bacon ]

To please, one must make up his mind to be taught many things which he already knows, by people who do not know them. [ Chamfort ]

Read, read, sirrah, and refine your appetite; learn to live upon instruction; frost your mind and mortify your flesh. [ Congreve ]

The mind profits by the wreck of every passion, and we may measure our road to wisdom by the sorrow we have undergone. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it. [ Hazlitt ]

To be wiser than other men is to be honester than they; and strength of mind is only courage to see and speaks the truth. [ Hazlitt ]

I have a shelf in my study for tried authors; one in my mind for tried principles; and one in my heart for tried friends. [ Sir Richard Cecil ]

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself. [ Cicero ]

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 ]

Sympathy is a relationship of the heart and mind: between two persons of different sex the senses enter the relationship. [ A. Dupuy ]

The mind has its arrangement: it proceeds from principles to demonstrations. The heart has a different mode of proceeding. [ Pascal ]

You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man; a contented mind confers it on all. [ Horace ]

In modern England the ordinary habits of life and modes of education produce great plainness of mind in middle-aged women. [ John Ruskin ]

Invention is activity of mind, as fire is air in motion; a sharpening of the spiritual sight, to discern hidden aptitudes. [ Tupper ]

Open, candid, and generous, his heart was the constant companion of his hand, and his tongue the artless index of his mind. [ George Canning ]

To be strong by nature, to be urged on by the native powers of the mind, and to be inspired by a divine spirit, as it were. [ Cicero ]

In this retirement of the mind from the senses, it retains a yet more incoherent manner of thinking, which we call dreaming. [ Locke ]

Praise is the symbol which represents sympathy, and which the mind insensibly substitutes for its recollection and language. [ Mackintosh ]

The mind is the master over every kind of fortune: itself acts in both ways, being the cause of its own happiness and misery. [ Seneca ]

The least degree of ambiguity which leaves the mind in suspense as to the meaning ought to be avoided with the greatest care. [ Blair ]

A mind full of knowledge is a mind that never fails. Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds. [ Emerson ]

By examining the tongue of a patient, physicians find out the diseases of the body, and philosophers the diseases of the mind. [ Justin ]

Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revery is the same flower, when rank and running to seed. [ Tupper ]

Presence of mind, penetration, fine observation, are the sciences of women; ability to avail themselves of these is their talent. [ Rousseau ]

What man in his right mind would conspire his own hurt? Men are beside themselves when they transgress against their convictions. [ William Penn ]

Whatsoever the mind perceives of itself, or is the immediate object of perception, thought, or understanding, that I call an idea. [ Locke ]

Good-nature is the very air of a good mind, the sign of a large and generous soul, and the peculiar soil in which virtue prospers. [ Goodman ]

A double task to paint the finest features of the mind, and to most subtle and mysterious things give color, strength, and motion. [ Akenside ]

Man should be ever better than he seems; and shape his acts, and discipline his mind, to walk adorning earth, with hope of heaven. [ Sir Aubrey de Vere ]

Superstition always inspires littleness, religion grandeur of mind; the superstitious raises beings inferior to himself to deities. [ Lavater ]

I had rather believe all the fables in the Legends and the Talmud and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind. [ Bacon ]

We must avoid fastidiousness; neatness, when it is moderate, is a virtue; but when it is carried to an extreme, it narrows the mind. [ Fenelon ]

The truly strong mind, view it as intellect or morality, or under any other aspect, is nowise the mind acquainted with its strength. [ Carlyle ]

Obscurity in writing is commonly an argument of darkness in the mind. The greatest learning is to be seen in the greatest plainness. [ Wilkins ]

The mother forms the first rudiments of the infant mind, and instills into the infant bosom the first principles of virtuous action. [ J. Iredell ]

To write well is at once to think well, to feel rightly, and to render properly; it is to have, at the same time, mind, soul, taste. [ Buffon ]

There is no thought in any mind, but it quickly tends to convert itself into a power, and organises a huge instrumentality of means. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

O the things unseen, untold, undreamt of, which like shadows pass hourly over that mysterious world, a mind to ruin struck by grief! [ Mrs. Hemans ]

In the mind, as in a field, though some things may be sown and carefully brought up, yet what springs naturally is the most pleasing. [ Tac ]

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 ]

Difficulty excites the mind to the dignity which sustains and finally conquers misfortunes, and the ordeal refines while it chastens. [ Aughey ]

The prejudices of men emanate from the mind, and may be overcome; the prejudices of women emanate from the heart, and are impregnable.

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 ]

Next to temperance, a quiet conscience, and cheerful mind, and active habits, I place early rising, as a means of health and happiness. [ Timothy Flint ]

It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free; their passions forge their fetters. [ Burke ]

Good-humor is a state between gayety and unconcern, - the act or emanation of a mind at leisure to regard the gratification of another. [ Dr. Johnson ]

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 ]

As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without culture, so the mind without cultivation can never produce good fruit. [ Seneca ]

A worthless man will always remain worthless, and a little mind will not, by daily intercourse with great minds, become an inch greater. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

A homely man of merit is never repulsive: as soon as he is named, his physique is forgotten; the mind passes through it to see the soul. [ Romainville ]

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 ]

The body oppressed by excesses bears down the mind, and depresses to the earth any portion of the divine spirit we bad been endowed with. [ Horace ]

One must have a heart to know how to love; senses do not suffice. Temperament led by the mind leads to voluptuousness, but never to love. [ De Bernis ]

The very first discovery of beauty strikes the mind with an inward joy, and spreads a cheerfulness and delight through all its faculties. [ Addison ]

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 ]

The mind of a thoroughly well-informed man is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust and everything priced above its proper value. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Music is the medicine of an afflicted mind, a sweet sad measure is the balm of a wounded spirit; and joy is heightened by exultant strains. [ Henry Giles ]

He who cannot see the beautiful side is a bad painter, a bad friend, a bad lover; he cannot lift his mind and his heart so high as goodness. [ Joubert ]

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 ]

Many in hot pursuit have hasted to the goal of wealth, but have lost, as they ran, those apples of gold, the mind and the power to enjoy it. [ Tupper ]

Logic is the art of thinking well; the mind, like the body, requires to be trained before it can use its powers in the most advantageous way. [ Kames ]

We have the command, to a great extent, over our own lot. At all events, our mind is our own possession; we can cherish happy thoughts there. [ Samuel Smiles ]

To be endowed with strength by nature, to be actuated by the powers of the mind, and to have a certain spirit almost divine infused into you. [ Cicero ]

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 ]

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 ]

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life, [ Marcus Aurelius ]

Of what is man certain? What lasts? What passes? What is chimerical? What is real? . . . Every body drags its shadow, and every mind its doubt. [ Victor Hugo ]

Glory relaxes often and debilitates the mind; censure stimulates and contracts - both to an extreme. Simple fame is, perhaps, the proper medium. [ Shenstone ]

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 ]

Between levity and cheerfulness there is a wide distinction; and the mind which is most open to levity is frequently a stranger to cheerfulness. [ Blair ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

That elevation of mind which we see in moments of peril, if it is uncontrolled by justice, and strives only for its own advantage, becomes a crime. [ Cicero ]

He that cometh to seek after knowledge with a mind to scorn and censure, shall be sure to find matter for his humour, but none for his instruction. [ Bacon ]

Mr. Fearing had, I think, a slough of despond in his mind, a slough that he carried everywhere with him, or else he could never have been as he was. [ John Bunyan ]

To set the mind above the appetites is the end of abstinence, which one of the Fathers observes to be, not a virtue, but the groundwork of a virtue. [ Johnson ]

Words may be counterfeit, false coined, and current only from the tongue, without the mind; but passion is in the soul, and always speaks the heart. [ Southern ]

The same reason makes a man a religious enthusiast, that makes a man an enthusiast in any other way - an uncomfortable mind in an uncomfortable body. [ Hazlitt ]

Academical years ought by rights to give occupation to the whole mind. It is this time which, well or ill employed, affects a man's whole after-life. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

There is no being eloquent for atheism. In that exhausted receiver the mind cannot use its wings, - the clearest proof that it is out of its element. [ Hare ]

Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant, turning his weak brain giddy. [ Feltham ]

To be accurate, write; to remember, write; to know thine own mind, write. And a written prayer is a prayer of faith, special, sure, and to be answered. [ Tupper ]

Books produce the same effect on the mind that diet does on the body; they may either impart no salutary nutriment, or convey that which is pernicious. [ Mrs. Sigourney ]

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 happiest end of life is this: when the mind and the other senses being unimpaired, the same nature which put it together takes asunder her own work. [ Cicero ]

Study rather to fill your mind than your coffers; knowing that gold and silver were originally mingled with dirt, until avarice or ambition parted them. [ Seneca ]

The cuffs and thumps with which fate, our lady-loves, our friends and foes, put us to the proof, in the mind of a good and resolute man, vanish into air. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

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 ]

Intellectual fairness is often only another name for indolence and inconclusiveness of mind, just as love of truth is sometimes a fine phrase for temper. [ J. Morley ]

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 ]

Candor is the seal of a noble mind, the ornament, and pride of man, the sweetest charm of woman, the scorn of rascals and the rarest virtue of sociability. [ Bentzel-Sternaft ]

A well-cultivated mind is, so to speak, made up of all the minds of preceding ages; it is only one single mind which has been educated during all this time. [ Fontenelle ]

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 ]

Natural ability can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation; but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural ability. [ Schopenhauer ]

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 ]

Philistine must have originally meant, in the mind of those who invented the nickname, a strong, dogged, unenlightened opponent of the children of the light. [ Heine ]

There is a majesty and mystery in nature, take her as you will. The essence of poetry comes breathing to a mind that feels from every province of her empire. [ Carlyle ]

One means very effectual for the preservation of health is a quiet and cheerful mind, not afflicted with violent passions or distracted with immoderate cares. [ John Ray ]

The intellectual faculty is a goodly field, capable of great improvement; and it is the worst husbandry in the world to sow it with trifles and impertinences. [ Sir M. Hale ]

Genius is only as rich as it is generous. If it hoards, it impoverishes itself. What the banker sighs for, the meanest clown may have leisure and a quiet mind. [ Henry D. Thoreau ]

The more enlarged is our own mind, the greater number we discover of men of originality. Your commonplace people see no difference between one man and another. [ Pascal ]

Simple gratitude, untinctured with love, is all the return an ingenuous mind can bestow for former benefits. Love for love is all the reward we expect or desire. [ Goldsmith ]

Every reader reads himself out of the book that he reads; nay, has he a strong mind, reads himself into the book, and amalgamates his thoughts with the author's. [ Goethe ]

The human mind is to be treated like a skein of ravelled silk, where you must cautiously secure one free end before you can make any progress in disentangling it. [ Scott ]

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 ]

The attempt to make one false impression on the mind of a friend respecting ourselves is of the nature of perfidy. Sincerity should be observed most scrupulously. [ William Ellery Channing ]

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 ]

He who would reproach an author for obscurity should look into his own mind and see whether it is quite clear there. In the dusk the plainest writing is illegible. [ Goethe ]

He that would reproach an author for obscurity should look into his own mind to see whether it is quite clear there. In the dusk the plainest writing is illegible. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

A weak mind sinks under prosperity as well as under adversity. A strong and deep one has two highest tides, when the moon is at the full, and when there is no moon. [ Hare ]

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 ]

The truly strong and sound mind is the mind that can embrace equally great things and small. I would have a man great in great things, and elegant in little things. [ Johnson ]

A wise man will always be a Christian, because the perfection of wisdom is to know where lies tranquillity of mind and how to attain it, which Christianity teaches. [ Landor ]

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 ]

By what strange law of mind is it that an idea long overlooked, and trodden underfoot as a useless stone, suddenly sparkles out in new light, as a discovered diamond? [ Mrs. Stowe ]

Recreation is intended to the mind as whetting is to the scythe, to sharpen the edge of it, which otherwise would grow dull and blunt, - as good no scythe as no edge. [ Bishop Hall ]

The heart must be at rest before the mind, like a quiet lake under an unclouded summer evening, can reflect the solemn starlight and the splendid mysteries of heaven. [ Macdonald Clarke ]

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 ]

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 ]

A true friend embraces our objects as his own. We feel another mind bent on the same end, enjoying it, ensuring it, reflecting it, and delighting in our devotion to it. [ William Ellery Channing ]

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 ]

God gives the mind, man makes the character. The mind is the garden, the character is the fruit; the mind is the white page, the character is the writing we put upon it. [ George S. Weaver ]

The young mind is naturally pliable and imitative, but in a more advanced state it grows rigid, and must be warmed and softened before it will receive a deep impression. [ Joshua Reynolds ]

What a comfort a dull but kindly person is at times! A ground-glass shade over a gas-lamp does not bring any more solace to our dazzled eyes than such a one to our mind. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

Whatever professes to benefit by pleasing must please at once. The pleasures of the mind imply something sudden and unexpected; that which elevates must always surprise. [ Dr. Johnson ]

A nobleness and elevation of mind, together with firmness of constitution, gives lustre and dignity to the aspect, and makes the soul, as it were, shine through the body. [ Jeremy Collier ]

When what you read elevates your mind and fills you with noble aspirations, look for no other rule by which to judge a book; it is good, and is the work of a master-hand. [ La Bruyere ]

Is not the mighty mind, that son of heaven! By tyrant life dethroned, imprisoned, pained? By death enlarged, ennobled, deifyed? Death but entombs the body; life the soul. [ Young ]

The mind is but a barren soil; a soil which is soon exhausted, and will produce no crop, or only one, unless it be continually fertilized and enriched with foreign matter. [ Sir J. Reynolds ]

The little mind who loves itself will write and think with the vulgar; but the great mind will be bravely eccentric, and scorn the beaten road, from universal benevolence. [ 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 ]

To elevate and surprise is the great art of quackery and puffing; to raise a lively and exaggerated image in the mind, and take it by surprise before it can recover breath. [ Hazlitt ]

My mind can take no hold on the present world, nor rest in it a moment, but my whole nature rushes onward with irresistible force towards a future and better state of being. [ Fichte ]

Sublime is the dominion of the mind over the body, that for a time, can make flesh and nerve impregnable, and string the sinews like steel, so that the weak become so mighty. [ Mrs. Stowe ]

Wise men mingle mirth with their cares, as a help either to forget or overcome them; but to resort to intoxication for the ease of one's mind is to cure melancholy by madness. [ Charron ]

The profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader. The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it. [ Emerson ]

What gunpowder did for war, the printing-press has done for the mind; and the statesman is no longer clad in the steel of special education, but every reading man is his judge. [ Wendell Phillips ]

Yet even this hath this inconvenience in it - that it makes its possessor neglect the furnishing of the mind with nobleness. Nay, it oftentimes is a cause that the mind is ill. [ Feltham ]

Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends toward the formation of character. Let parents bear this ever in mind. [ Hosea Ballou ]

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 ]

No barriers, no masses of matter, however enormous, can withstand the powers of the mind; the remotest corners yield to them; all things succumb, the very heaven itself is laid open. [ Manilius ]

People forget that it is the eye which makes the horizon, and the rounding mind's eye which makes this or that man a type or representative of humanity with the name of hero or saint. [ Emerson ]

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 ]

Examples teach us that in military affairs, and all others of a like nature, study is apt to enervate and relax the courage of man, rather than to give strength and energy to the mind. [ Montaigne ]

Thou mayst as well expect to grow stronger by always eating, as wiser by always reading. It is thought and digestion which make books serviceable, and give health and vigor to the mind. [ Thomas Fuller ]

An everlasting tranquility is, in my imagination, the highest possible felicity, because I know of no felicity on earth higher than that which a peaceful mind and contented heart afford. [ Zimmermann ]

Pray for and work for fullness of life above everything; full red blood in the body; full honesty and truth in the mind; and the fullness of a grateful love for the Saviour in your heart. [ Phillips Brooks ]

Gravity, with all its pretensions, was no better, but often worse, than what a French wit had long ago defined it, viz., a mysterious carriage of the body to cover the defects of the mind. [ Sterne ]

He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported by the latter. [ Fielding ]

Nobility of birth does not always ensure a corresponding nobility of mind; if it did, it would always act as a stimulus to noble actions; but it sometimes acts as a clog, rather than a spur. [ Colton ]

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 ]

Fortitude implies a firmness and strength of mind that enables us to do and suffer as we ought. It rises upon an opposition, and, like a river, swells the higher for having its course stopped. [ Jeremy Collier ]

To revenge a wrong is easy, usual, and natural, and, as the world thinks, savors of nobleness of mind; but religion teaches the contrary, and tells us it is better to neglect than to requite it. [ J. Beaumont ]

The culture of flowers is one of the few pleasures that improves alike the mind and the heart, and makes every true lover of those beautiful creations of Infinite Love, wiser, purer, and nobler. [ J. Vick ]

Child of earth and earthly sorrows - child of God and immortal hopes - arise from thy sadness, gird up the loins of thy mind, and with unfaltering energy press toward thy rest and reward on high. [ E. L. Magoon ]

The mind has a certain vegetative power, which cannot be wholly idle. If it is not laid out and cultivated into a beautiful garden, it will of itself shoot up in weeds or flowers of a wild growth. [ Steele ]

A copious manner of expression gives strength and weight to our ideas, which frequently make impression upon the mind, as iron does upon solid bodies, rather by repeated strokes than a single blow. [ Melmoth ]

That inexhaustible good-nature which is the most precious gift of Heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather. [ Washington Irving ]

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 ]

Greatness of mind is not shown by admitting small things, but by making small things great under its influence. He who can take no interest in what is small will take false interest in what is great. [ John Ruskin ]

Doubt is not itself a crime. All manner of doubt, inquiry about all manner of objects, dwells in every reasonable mind. It is the mystic working of the mind on the object it is getting to know about. [ Carlyle ]

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 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 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 ]

I am persuaded that music is designed to prepare for heaven, to educate for the choral enjoyment of Paradise, to form the mind to virtue and devotion, and to charm away evil and sanctify the heart to God. [ Legh Richmond ]

The style of an author is a faithful copy of his mind. If you would write a lucid style, let there first be light in your own mind; and if you would write a grand style, you ought to have a grand character. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

"No" is a surly, honest fellow--speaks his mind rough and round at once. "But" is a sneaking, evasive, half-bred, exceptuous sort of conjunction, which comes to pull away the cup just when it is at your lips. [ Scott ]

Make a point never so clear, it is great odds that a man whose habits and the bent of whose mind lie a contrary way, shall be unable to comprehend it. So weak a thing is reason in competition with inclination. [ Bishop Berkeley ]

Art thou beautiful? Live, then, in accordance with the curious work and frame of the creation, and let the beauty of thy person teach thee to beautify thy mind with holiness, the ornament of the beloved of God. [ Penn ]

There is no real elevation of mind in a contempt of little things; it is, on the contrary, from too narrow views that we consider those things of little importance which have in fact such extensive consequences. [ Fenelon ]

The secret of happiness lies in the health of the whole mind, and in giving to each faculty due occupation, and in the natural order of their superiorities, the Divine first, the human second, the material last. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

The highest order of mind is accused of folly, as well as the lowest. Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it Axes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way. [ Pascal ]

The want of a more copious diction, to borrow a figure from Locke, is caused by our supposing that the mind is like Fortunatus's purse, and will always supply our wants, with out our ever putting anything into it. [ Bovee ]

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 ]

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated; by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed. [ Addison ]

Poetry is musical thought, thought of a mind that has penetrated into the inmost heart of a thing, detected the melody that lies hidden in it, ... the heart of Nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it. [ Carlyle ]

An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly. Holmes disposed of a bigot at once, when he compared his mind to the pupil of the eye - the more light you let into it the more it contracts. [ Whipple ]

Nothing affects the heart like that which is purely from itself, and of its own nature; such as the beauty of sentiments, the grace of actions, the turn of characters, and the proportions and features of a human mind. [ Shaftesbury ]

Humour has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. He who wants it, be his other gifts what they may, has only half a mind; an eye for what is above him, not for what is about him or below him. [ Carlyle ]

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 ]

Logic is the art of convincing us of some truth; and eloquence a gift of the mind, which makes us master of the heart and spirit of others; which enables us to inspire them with, or persuade them of whatever we please. [ Bruyere ]

The mind should be accustomed to make wise reflections, and draw curious conclusions as it goes along; the habitude of which made Pliny the Younger affirm that he never read a book so bad but he drew some profit from it [ Sterne ]

The first merit of pictures is the effect which they can produce upon the mind; and the first step of a sensible man should be to receive involuntary effects from them. Pleasure and inspiration first, analysis afterward. [ Beecher ]

In sculpture did ever anybody call the Apollo a fancy piece? Or say of the Laocoon how it might be made different? A masterpiece of art has in the mind a fixed place in the chain of being, as much as a plant or a crystal. [ Emerson ]

Generally speaking, an author's style is a faithful copy of his mind. If you would write a lucid style, let there first be light in your own mind; and if you would write a grand style, you ought to have a grand character. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

There was, it is said, a criminal in Italy who was suffered to make his choice between Guicciardini and the galleys. He chose the history. But the war of Pisa was too much for him; he changed his mind, and went to the oars. [ Macaulay ]

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 ]

There is a mental fatigue which is a spurious kind of remorse, and has all the anguish of the nobler feeling. It is an utter weariness and prostration of spirit, a sickness of heart and mind, a bitter longing to lie down and die. [ Miss M. E. Braddon ]

He may justly be numbered among the benefactors of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollection to recur habitually to the mind. [ Johnson ]

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 ]

Greatness can only be rightly estimated when minuteness is justly reverenced. Greatness is the aggregation of minuteness; nor can its sublimity be felt truthfully by any mind unaccustomed to the affectionate watching of what is least. [ John Ruskin ]

Besides the pleasure derived from acquired knowledge, there lurks in the mind of man, and tinged with a shade of sadness, an unsatisfactory longing for something beyond the present, a striving towards regions yet unknown and unopened. [ Wilhelm von Humboldt ]

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up. That which was a weed in one intelligence becomes a flower in the other, and a flower again dwindles down to a mere weed by the same change. [ O. W. Holmes ]

I pick up favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence. Of these there is a very favourite one from Thomson: Attach thee firmly to the virtuous deeds
And offices of life; to life itself,
With all its vain and transient joys, sit loose. [ Burns ]

The vengeful thought that has root merely in the mind is but a dream of idlest sort which one clear day will dissipate; while revenge, the passion, is a disease of the heart which climbs up, up to the brain, and feeds itself on both alike. [ Lew Wallace ]

A very small offence may be a just cause for great resentment: it is often much less the particular instance which is obnoxious to us than the proof if carries with it of the general tenor and disposition of the mind from whence it sprung. [ Greville ]

I believe that everyone, sometime or other, dreams that he is reading papers, books, or letters; in which case the invention prompts so readily that the mind is imposed upon, and mistakes its own suggestions for the composition of another. [ Addison ]

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 ]

The mind of the thinker and the student is driven to admit, though it be awe-struck by apparent injustice, that this inequality is the work of God. Make all men equal today, and God has so created them that they shall be all unequal tomorrow. [ Anthony Trollope ]

He that has no resources of mind, is more to be pitied than he who is in want of necessaries for the body; and to be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others, bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread. [ Colton ]

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 ]

No unity can last, in married life, unless the fellowship of hearts is accompanied by the fellowship of minds. As a woman loses the charms of her youth, her husband must perceive that her mind is developing, and love must be perpetuated by esteem. [ Dupanloup ]

The human mind, in proportion as it is deprived of external resources, sedulously labours to find within itself the means of happiness, learns to rely with confidence on its own exertions, and gains with greater certainty the power of being happy. [ Zimmermann ]

There is a certain virtue in every good man, which night and day stirs up the mind with the stimulus of glory, and reminds it that all mention of our name will not cease at the same time with our lives, but that our fame will endure to all posterity. [ Cicero ]

Processions, cavalcades, and all that fund of gay frippery, furnished out by tailors, barbers, and tire-women, mechanically influence the mind into veneration; an emperor in his nightcap would not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a crown. [ Goldsmith ]

As the mind of Johnson was robust, but neither nimble nor graceful, so his style was void of all grace and ease, and, being the most unlike of all styles to the natural effusion of a cultivated mind, had the least pretension to the praise of eloquence. [ Sir J. Mackintosh ]

Hath fortune dealt thee ill cards? let wisdom make thee a good gamester. In a fair gale, every fool may sail, but wise behavior in a storm commends the wisdom of a pilot; to bear adversity with an equal mind is both the sign and glory of a brave spirit. [ Quarles ]

The growth of the intellect is spontaneous in every expansion. The mind that grows could not predict the times, the means, the mode of that spontaneity. God enters by a private door into every individual. Long prior to reflection is the thinking of the mind. [ Emerson ]

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 ]

The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character. [ Sir Walter Scott ]

Peacefully and reasonably to contemplate is at no time hurtful, and while we use ourselves to think of the advantages of others, our own mind comes insensibly to imitate them; and every false activity to which our fancy was alluring us is then willingly abandoned. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

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 ]

The only kind of sublimity which a painter or sculptor should aim at is to express by certain proportions and positions of limbs and features that strength and dignity of mind, and vigor and activity of body, which enables men to conceive and execute great actions. [ Burke ]

That fine part of our construction, the eye, seems as much the receptacle and seat of our passions as the mind itself; and at least it is the outward portal to introduce them to the house within, or rather the common thoroughfare to let our affections pass in and out. [ Addison ]

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 ]

How little of our knowledge of mankind is derived from intentional accurate observation! Most of it has, unsought, found its way into the mind from the continual presentations of the objects to our unthinking view. It is a knowledge of sensation more than of reflection. [ John Foster ]

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 ]

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 ]

The contemplation of night should lead to elevating, rather than depressing, ideas. Who can fix his mind on transitory and earthly things, in presence of those glittering myriads of worlds; and who can dread death or solitude in the midst of this brilliant, animated universe? [ Richter ]

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 ]

We know much of a writer by his style. An open and imperious disposition is shown in short sentences, direct and energetic. A secretive and proud mind is cold and obscure in style. An affectionate and imaginative nature pours out luxuriantly, and blossoms all over with ornament. [ Beecher ]

There is in some men a dispassionate neutrality of mind, which, though it generally passes for good temper, can neither gratify nor warm us: it must indeed be granted that these men can only negatively offend; but then it should also be remembered that they cannot positively please. [ Lord Greville ]

Style is the physiognomy of the mind. It is more infallible than that of the body. To imitate the style of another is said to be wearing a mask. However beautiful it may be, it is through its lifelessness insipid and intolerable, so that even the most ugly living face is more engaging. [ Schopenhauer ]

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 ]

Scepticism commonly takes up the room left by defect of imagination, and is the very quality of mind most likely to seek for sensual proof of supersensual things. If one came from the dead it could not believe; and yet it longs for such a witness, and will put up with a very dubious one. [ Lowell ]

Liberty is the richest inheritance which man has received from the skies! When shall its sacred fire burn in every bosom, and kindling with the thrilling force of inspiration, spread from heart to heart and from mind to mind, and be the common privilege and birthright of every human being? [ Acton ]

We have often thought it strange that moralists should have written and spoken of the mutability of human life as if it were a thing to be dreaded and mourned over; to our mind, mutability is the soul of poetry, and the source of nearly all the most delightful and sacred pleasures of life. [ Stubbs ]

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 ]

The failure of his mind in old age is often less the result of natural decay than of disuse. Ambition has ceased to operate; contentment brings indolence: indolence, decay of mental power, ennui, and sometimes death. Men have been known to die, literally speaking, of disease induced by intellectual vacancy. [ Sir Benjamin Brodie ]

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 ]

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 ]

It is curious for one who studies the action and reaction of national literature on each other, to see the humor of Swift and Sterne and Fielding, after filtering through Richter, reappear in Carlyle with a tinge of Germanism that makes it novel, alien, or even displeasing, as the case may be, to the English mind. [ Lowell ]

His eloquent tongue so well seconds his fertile invention that no one speaks better when suddenly called forth. His attention never languishes; his mind is always before his words; his memory has all its stock so turned into ready money that, without hesitation or delay, it supplies whatever the occasion may require. [ Erasmus ]

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 ]

From numberless books the fluttering reader, idle and inconstant, bears away the bloom that only clings to the outer leaf; but genius has its nectaries, delicate glands, and secrecies of sweetness, and upon these the thoughtful mind must settle in its labor, before the choice perfume of fancy and wisdom is drawn forth. [ Willmott ]

Among all the accomplishments of youth there is none preferable to a decent and agreeable behavior among men, a modest freedom of speech, a soft and elegant manner of address, a graceful and lovely deportment, a cheerful gravity and good-humor, with a mind appearing ever serene under the ruffling accidents of human life. [ Watts ]

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 ]

A good author, and one who writes carefully, often discovers that the expression of which he has been in search without being able to discover it, and which he has at last found, is that which was the most simple, the most natural, and which seems as if it ought to have presented itself at once, without effort, to the mind. [ Bruyere ]

Anxiety is the poison of human life. It is the parent of many sins, and of more miseries. In a world where everything is doubtful, where you may be disappointed, and be blessed in disappointment, what means this restless stir and commotion of mind? Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events? [ Blair ]

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 ]

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 ]

Music has certainly a powerful influence on the passions, and produces happy effects upon the human heart and mind when cultivated moderately; but when it becomes the general prevailing passion of a nation, or, as it were, gets dominion over them, it unquestionably produces not effeminacy merely, but a hateful depravity of manners. [ S. F. Bradford ]

Excellence is never granted to man, but as the reward of labor. It argues, indeed, no small strength of mind to persevere in the habits of industry, without the pleasure of perceiving those advantages which, like the bands of a clock, whilst they make hourly approaches to their point, yet proceed so slowly as to escape observation. [ Sir Joshua Reynolds ]

Good-nature is that benevolent and amiable temper of mind which disposes us to feel the misfortunes and enjoy the happiness of others, and, consequently, pushes us on to promote the latter and prevent the former; and that without any abstract contemplation on the beauty of virtue, and without the allurements or terrors of religion. [ Fielding ]

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 ]

The invention of printing added a new element of power to the race. From that hour, in a most especial sense, the brain and not the arm, the thinker and not the soldier, books and not kings, were to rule the world; and weapons, forged in the mind, keen-edged and brighter than the sunbeam, were to supplant the sword and the battle-axe. [ Whipple ]

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 ]

I look upon enthusiasm, in all other points but that of religion, to be a very necessary turn of mind; as indeed it is a vein which nature seems to have marked with more or less strength, in the tempers of most men. No matter what the object is, whether business pleasures or the fine arts: whoever pursues them to any purpose must do so con amore. [ Melmoth ]

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 ]

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 ]

Personal attachment is no fit ground for public conduct, and those who declare they will take care of the rights of the sovereign because they have received favours at his hand, betray a little mind and warrant the conclusion that if they did not receive those favours they would be less mindful of their duties, and act with less zeal for his interest. [ C. Fox ]

The joy resulting from the diffusion of blessings to all around us is the purest and sublimest that can ever enter the human mind, and can be conceived only by those who have experienced it. Next to the consolations of divine grace, it is the most sovereign balm to the miseries of life, both in him who is the object of it, and in him who exercises it. [ Bishop Porteus ]

The very essence of gravity was design, and, consequently, deceit; it was a taught trick to gain credit of the world for more sense and knowledge than a man was worth; and that with all its pretensions it was no better, but often worse, than what a French wit had long ago defined it - a mysterious carriage of the body to cover the defects of the mind. [ Sterne ]

I have mentioned mathematics as a way to settle in the mind a habit of reasoning closely, and in train; not that I think it necessary that all men should be deep mathematicians, but that having got the way of reasoning, which that study necessarily brings the mind to, they might be able to transfer it to other parts of knowledge, as they have occasion. [ J. Locke ]

The study of the mathematics cultivates the reason; that of the languages at the same time the reason and the taste. The former gives power to the mind; the latter, both power and flexibility. The former, by itself, would prepare us for a state of certainties, which nowhere exists; the latter, for a state of probabilities, which is that of common life. [ T. Godfrey ]

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 ]

The contemplation of night should lead to elevating rather than to depressing ideas. Who can fix his mind on transitory and earthly things, in presence of those glittering myriads of worlds; and who can dread death or solitude in the midst of this brilliant, animated universe, composed of countless suns and worlds, all full of light and life and motion? [ Richter ]

A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart; his next, to escape the censures of the world. If the last interferes with the former, it ought to be entirely neglected; but otherwise there cannot be a greater satisfaction to an honest mind, than to see those approbations which it gives itself seconded by the applause of the public. [ Addison ]

Mirthfulness is in the mind, and you cannot get it out. It is the blessed spirit that God has set in the mind to dust it, to enliven its dark places, and to drive asceticism, like a foul fiend, out at the back door. It is just as good, in its place, as conscience or veneration. Praying can no more be made a substitute for smiling than smiling can for praying. [ Beecher ]

By conversing with the mighty dead, we imbibe sentiment with knowledge. We become strongly attached to those who can no longer either hurt or serve us, except through the influence which they exert over the mind. We feel the presence of that power which gives immortality to human thoughts and actions, and catch the flame of enthusiasm from all nations and ages. [ Hazlitt ]

A pure mind in a chaste body is the mother of wisdom and deliberation, sober counsels and ingenuous actions, open deportment and sweet carriage, sincere principles and unprejudicate understanding, love of God and selfdenial, peace and confidence, holy prayers and spiritual comfort, and a pleasure of spirit infinitely greater than the sottish pleasure of unchastity. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

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 ]

Wealth brings noble opportunities, and competence is a proper object of pursuit; but wealth, and even competence, may be bought at too high a price. Wealth itself has no moral attribute. It is not money, but the love of money, which is the root of all evil. It is the relation between wealth and the mind and the character of its possessor which is the essential thing. [ Hillard ]

The brute animals have all the same sensations of pain as human beings, and consequently endure as much pain when their body is hurt; but in their case the cruelty of torment is greater, because they have no mind to bear them up against their sufferings, and no hope to look forward to when enduring the last extreme pain. Their happiness consists entirely in present enjoyment. [ Chalmers ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

The mind of the greatest man on earth is not so independent of circumstances as not to feel inconvenienced by the merest buzzing noise about him; it does not need the report of a cannon to disturb his thoughts. The creaking of a vane or a pully is quite enough. Do not wonder that he reasons ill just now; a fly is buzzing by his ear; it is quite enough to unfit him for giving good counsel. [ Pascal ]

Since I have known God in a saving manner, painting, poetry, and music have had charms unknown to me before. I have received what I suppose is a taste for them, or religion has refined my mind and made it susceptible of impressions from the sublime and beautiful. O, how religion secures the heightened enjoyment of those pleasures which keep so many from God, by their becoming a source of pride! [ Henry Martyn ]

Music may be classed into natural, social, sacred, and martial; it is the twin sister of poetry, and like it has the power to sway the feelings and command the mind; in devotion it breathes the pure spirit of inspiration and love; in martial scenes it rouses the soul to fearless deeds of daring and valor, while it alleviates the cares, and enhances the innocent and cheerful enjoyments of domestic life. [ Acton ]

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 ]

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 ]

Frivolous curiosity about trifles, and laborious attentions to little objects which neither require nor deserve a moment's thought, lower a man, who from thence is thought (and not unjustly) incapable of greater matters. Cardinal de Retz very sagaciously marked out Cardinal Chigi for a little mind, from the moment he told him that he had wrote three years with the same pen, and that it was an excellent good one still. [ Chesterfield ]

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 ]

The habit of committing our thoughts to writing is a powerful means of expanding the mind, and producing a logical and systematic arrangement of our views and opinions. It is this which gives the writer a vast superiority, as to the accuracy and extent of his conceptions, over the mere talker. No one can ever hope to know the principles of any art or science thoroughly who does not write as well as read upon the subject. [ Blakey ]

It is not true that a man can believe or disbelieve what he will. But it is certain that an active desire to find any proposition true will unconsciously tend to that result, by dismissing importunate suggestions which run counter to the belief, and welcoming those which favor it. The psychological law, that we only see what interests us, and only assimilate what is adapted to our condition, causes the mind to select its evidence. [ G. H. Lewes ]

Weakness can never be beautiful, either morally or physically: and though the feminine type may possess greater softness and more feeling, it must be active, firm, and healthy, or it cannot be beautiful; the weak mind, distracted by alternations of feeling, and constant craving for help and sympathy from others, cannot at the same time possess that tenderness and unselfish devotion which is the loveliest trait of the female character. [ M. Martell ]

The mother, under whose sole influence the child is for years, from whom it acquires its tastes and character, should not only be educated, but educated in the most thorough manner, and have her mind stored with varied learning, so that she may be able to answer the multitude of questions that will be put to her by her inquisitive child on art, science, literature, and religion, and thus to stimulate his curiosity, and awaken his mind. [ E. B. Ramsay ]

Posture or Attitude? Each of these words has its appropriate place, and one should not be misapplied for the other. Posture is the mode of placing the body, and may be either natural or assumed. Attitude is always assumed, and is intended to display some grace of the body, or some affection or purpose of the mind. Postures, when natural, accommodate themselves to the convenience of the body; when assumed they may be either serious or ridiculous. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment placing its victim naked on a bed of briars and bristles, thinly covered with rose-leaves, adorning his brow with a crown of gold, which burns into his brain; teasing, and fretting, and riddling him through and through with incessant discharges of hot shot from a masked battery; laying bare the most sensitive and shrinking nerves of his mind, and then blandly touching them with ice, or smilingly pricking them with needles. [ E. P. Whipple ]

It is to be hoped that, with all the modern improvements, a mode will be discovered of getting rid of bores: for it is too bad that a poor wretch can be punished for stealing your pocket handkerchief or gloves, and that no punishment can be inflicted on those who steal your time, and with it your temper and patience, as well as the bright thoughts that might have entered into your mind (like the Irishman who lost the fortune before he had got it), but were frightened away by the bore. [ Byron ]

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 ]

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 ]

I have very often lamented and hinted my sorrow, in several speculations, that the art of painting is made so little use of to the improvement of manners. When we consider that it places the action of the person represented in the most agreeable aspect imaginable, - that it does not only express the passion or concern as it sits upon him who is drawn, but has under those features the height of the painter's imagination, - what strong images of virtue and humanity might we not expect would be instilled into the mind from the labors of the pencil! [ Steele ]

If thy mother be a widow, give her double honor, who now acts the part of a double parent; remember her nine month's burden, and her tenth month's travel; forget not her indulgence, when thou didst hang upon her tender breast; call to mind her prayers for thee before thou earnest into the world; and her cares for thee when thou wert come into the world; remember her secret groans, her affectionate tears, her broken slumbers, her daily fears, her nightly frights; relieve her wants, cover her imperfections, comfort her age, and the widow's husband will be the orphan's father. [ F. Quarles ]

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 ]

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 ]

With whatever respect and admiration a child may regard a father, whose example has called forth his energies, and animated him in his various pursuits, he turns with greater affection and intenser love to a kind-hearted mother; the same emotion follows him through life; and when the changing vicissitudes of after years have removed his parents from him, seldom does the remembrance of his mother occur to his mind, unaccompanied by the most affectionate recollections. Show me a man, though his brow be furrowed, and his hair grey, who has forgotten his mother, and I shall suspect that something is going on wrong within him; either his memory is impaired, or a hard heart is beating in his bosom. [ Mogridge ]

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 ]

I was walking in the street, a beggar stopped me, — a frail old man. His inflamed, tearful eyes, blue lips, rough rags, disgusting sores . . . oh, how horribly poverty had disfigured the unhappy creature! He stretched out to me his red, swollen, filthy hand. He groaned and whimpered for alms. I felt in all my pockets. No purse, watch, or handkerchief did I find. I had left them all at home. The beggar waited and his out-stretched hand twitched and trembled slightly. Embarrassed and confused, I seized his dirty hand and pressed it. Don't be vexed with me, brother; I have nothing with me, brother. The beggar raised his bloodshot eyes to mine; his blue lips smiled, and he returned the pressure of my chilled fingers. Never mind, brother, stammered he; thank you for this — this, too, was a gift, brother. I felt that I, too, had received a gift from my brother. [ Ivan Tourgueneff ]

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