Definition of own

"own" in the verb sense

1. own, have, possess

have ownership or possession of

"He owns three houses in Florida"

"How many cars does she have?"

"own" in the adjective sense

1. own, ain

belonging to or on behalf of a specified person (especially yourself preceded by a possessive

"for your own use"

"do your own thing"

"she makes her own clothes"

"`ain' is Scottish"

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Quotations for own

Of his own right. [ Law ]

Of his own accord.

By his own prowess. [ Cicero ]

Of one's own free will.

Virtue is her own reward. [ Drydon ]

Follow thou thy own star. [ Dante ]

The heart is its own fate. [ Bailey ]

To feather one's own nest. [ Proverb ]

My heart is its own grave! [ Miss L. E. Landon ]

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

Sweep before your own door. [ Proverb ]

We pine for kindred natures
To mingle with our own. [ Mrs. Hemans ]

He frieth in his own grease. [ Proverb ]

Look at your own corn in May,
And you'll come weeping away. [ Proverb ]

Haste trips up its own heels. [ Proverb ]

Let each recall his own woes. [ Ovid ]

Greatness is its own torment. [ Theodore Parker ]

Each mind has its own method. [ Emerson ]

To pay one in one's own coin. [ Proverb ]

He's overshot in his own bow. [ Proverb ]

Let him fry in his own grease. [ Proverb ]

Foxes dig not their own holes. [ Proverb ]

Every man hath his own planet. [ Proverb ]

Every heart hath its own ache. [ Proverb ]

He stands by his own strength. [ Motto ]

Fate and one's own deservings.

Be thine own privy counsellor. [ Beaconsfield ]

To no one is his own too much. [ German Proverb ]

Every race has its own habitat. [ Knox ]

Our own opinion is never wrong. [ Proverb ]

We are our own aptest deceiver. [ Goethe ]

A man's fate is his own temper. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

No one is so accursed by fate,
No one so utterly desolate,
But some heart, though unknown,
Responds unto his own. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

Character makes its own destiny. [ Mrs. Campbell Praed ]

Every one has his own way of it. [ Horace ]

He that keeps his own makes war. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

No one ever knew his own father. [ Buckley ]

Every potter praises his own pot. [ Proverb ]

To outshoot a man in his own bow. [ Proverb ]

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

God created man in his own image. [ Bible ]

Wickedness is its own punishment. [ Quarles ]

Be not wise in your own conceits. [ Bible ]

We bear each one our own destiny. [ Virgil ]

Tell money after your own mother. [ Proverb ]

Gold hath no lustre of its own.
It shines by temperate use alone. [ Francis ]

Conscience is its own counsellor. [ South ]

A dog is bold on his own dunghill. [ French Proverb ]

We can only obey our own polarity. [ Emerson ]

Truth in its own essence cannot be
But good. [ Byron ]

A fool is wise in his own conceit. [ Proverb ]

The borrower runs in his own debt. [ Emerson ]

Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air
In his own ground. [ Pope ]

Extravagance is its own destroyer. [ Zeno ]

The wolf must die in his own skin. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

You are a legend in your own mind.

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

Beauty is its own excuse for being. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Every bird must hatch its own ecro. [ Proverb ]

Every bird likes its own nest best. [ Proverb ]

Amiability shines by its own light. [ Horace ]

In days of yore, the poet's pen
From wing of bird was plundered.
Perhaps of goose, but now and then,
From Jove's own eagle sundered.
But now, metallic pens disclose
Alone the poet's numbers;
In iron inspiration glows,
Or with the poet slumbers. [ John Quincy Adams ]

No man can see over his own height. [ Proverb ]

Beauty is a possession not our own. [ Bion ]

I will christen my own child first. [ Proverb ]

Cause not your own dog to bite you. [ Proverb ]

Every dog is stout at his own door. [ Proverb ]

Love's like virtue, its own reward. [ Vanbrugh ]

What shall I do to be forever known,
And make the age to come my own? [ Cowley ]

Let every pedlar carry his own pack. [ Proverb ]

In blissful dream, in silent night.
There came to me, with magic might,
With magic might, my own sweet love,
Into my little room above. [ Heine ]

Bear the burden of the present,
Let the morrow bear its own;
If the morning sky be pleasant.
Why the coming night bemoan?

Holy strivings nerve and strengthen,
Long endurance wins the crown;
When the evening shadows lengthen,
Thou shalt lay the burden down. [ Thomas Mackellar ]

Good wine is its own recommendation. [ Dutch Proverb ]

Blow your own pottage, and not mine. [ Proverb ]

A poet must sing for his own people. [ Stedman ]

Every man does his own business best. [ Proverb ]

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

A swine fatted hath eat its own bane. [ Proverb ]

Vice in its own pure native ugliness. [ Crabbe ]

The crow thinks her own bird fairest. [ Proverb ]

Every tomorrow supplies its own loaf. [ French Proverb ]

Let every cuckold wear his own horns. [ Proverb ]

The world goes whispering to its own,
This anguish pierces to the bone;
And tender friends go sighing round,
What love can ever cure this wound?
My days go on, my days go on. [ E. B. Browning ]

I own I feel traces of an old passion. [ Virgil ]

Every potter cracks up his own vessel. [ French Proverb ]

An old novel has a history of its own. [ Alexander Smith ]

I love a hand that meets mine own
With grasp that causes some sensation. [ Mrs. Osgood ]

Every man is the son of his own works. [ Proverb ]

Of its own kind; of a kind of its own.

Every one thinks his own burden heavy. [ French Proverb ]

No man should be judge in his own case. [ Law Maxim ]

Every one is witty for his own purpose. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Let every herring hang by its own tail. [ Irish Proverb ]

Do not throw stones at your own window. [ Proverb ]

Every tub must stand on its own bottom. [ Proverb ]

Whoe'er has gone thro' London street,
Has seen a butcher gazing at his meat,
And how he keeps
Gloating upon a sheep's
Or bullock's personals, as if his own;
How he admires his halves
And quarters - and his calves,
As if in truth upon his own legs grown. [ Hood ]

Nature has made man's breast no windows
To publish what he does within doors,
Nor what dark secrets there inhabit,
Unless his own rash folly blab it. [ Butler ]

Be noble! and the nobleness that lies
In other men, sleeping, but never dead,
Will rise in majesty to meet thine own. [ Lowell ]

Conscience is its own readiest accuser. [ Chapin ]

Fools give to please all but their own. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

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

Justice pleaseth few in their own house. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Could he with reason murmur at his case
Himself sole author of his own disgrace? [ Cowper ]

A madman is punished by his own madness. [ Law ]

The harvest of a quiet eye,
That broods and sleeps on his own heart. [ Wordsworth ]

They only should own who can administer. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Be true to your own highest convictions. [ William Ellery Channing ]

He'll dance to nothing but his own pipe. [ Proverb ]

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

Every cock is proud on his own dunghill. [ Proverb ]

Vice, that digs her own voluptuous tomb! [ Byron ]

Every one was eloquent in his own cause. [ Ovid ]

If eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for being. [ Emerson ]

A wicked man is afraid of his own memory. [ Proverb ]

God is a perfect poet,
Who in His person acts His own creations. [ Robert Browning ]

Let every fox take care of his own brush. [ Proverb ]

The laundress washes her own smock first. [ Proverb ]

What men call accident is God's own part. [ Bailey ]

Every tub must stand upon its own bottom. [ Bunyan ]

Breathes there the man with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
"This is my own, my native land?" [ Scott ]

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

Every fool is pleased with his own hobby. [ French Proverb ]

Every bird thinks its own nest beautiful. [ Italian Proverb ]

Every herring must hang by his own gills. [ Proverb ]

What we frankly give, forever is our own. [ Granville ]

Night is the time for rest;
How sweet, when labours close,
To gather round an aching breast
The curtain of repose.
Stretch the tired limbs, and lay the head
Down on our own delightful bed. [ James Montgomery ]

Keep thy friend under thy own life's key. [ William Shakespeare ]

Every horse thinks his own pack heaviest. [ Proverb ]

A man may provoke his own dog to bite him. [ Proverb ]

Make not another's shoes by your own foot. [ Proverb ]

He scorned his own who felt another's woe. [ Campbell ]

Do for yourself (fly with your own wings). [ French Proverb ]

He scorns his own who feels another's woe. [ Campbell ]

Nightingales can sign their own song best. [ Proverb ]

A man must become wise at his own expense. [ Montaigne ]

Fools are pleased with their own blunders. [ Proverb ]

Every one draws the water to his own mill. [ French Proverb ]

Every man is to be trusted in his own art. [ Proverb ]

Man is the artificer of his own happiness. [ Henry D. Thoreau ]

He had never kindly heart
Nor ever cared to better his own kind,
Who first wrote satire with no pity in it. [ Alfred Tennyson ]

Great wits and valours, like great states,
Do sometimes sink with their own weights. [ Butler ]

Excess always carries its own retribution. [ Ouida ]

You have taken a bite out of your own arm. [ Proverb ]

You cannot say mass but at your own altar. [ Proverb ]

A friendless heart is like a hollow shell,
That sighs o'er its own emptiness. [ Thomas Hood ]

Still to ourselves in every place consigned
Our own felicity we make or find. [ Goldsmith ]

Look around the habitable world, how few
Know their own good, or knowing it, pursue. [ Dryden ]

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

Stamps God's own name upon a lie just made.
To turn a penny in the way of trade. [ Cowper ]

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

Literature, like virtue, is its own reward. [ Chesterfield ]

The most exacting jailer is own conscience. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

No man can transcend his own individuality. [ Arthur Schopenhauer ]

It is the frog's own croak that betrays him. [ Proverb ]

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

'Tis with our judgments as our watches: none
Go just alike, yet each believes his own. [ Alexander Pope ]

The poor is hated even of his own neighbour. [ Bible ]

It is an ill bird that bewrays its own nest. [ Proverb ]

You measure every man's honesty by your own. [ Proverb ]

You must be content to taste your own broth. [ Proverb ]

Neither the praise nor the blame is our own. [ Cowley ]

'Tis beauty truly blent, whose red and white
Nature's own sweet and cunning hand laid on. [ William Shakespeare ]

To be left alone
And face to face with my own crime, had been
Just retribution. [ Longfellow ]

Man is made great or little by his own will. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Man is his own star, and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man,
Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
Nothing to him falls early or too late. [ Beaumont and Fletcher ]

What is it to be wise?
It is but to know how little can be known,
To see all others' faults, and feel our own. [ Pope ]

Measure not other's corn by your own bushel. [ Proverb ]

God reaches us good things by our own hands. [ Proverb ]

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

Nature ever provides for her own exigencies. [ Seneca ]

He that blows in the dust fills his own eyes. [ Proverb ]

Every miller draws the water to his own mill. [ Proverb ]

Everybody ought to sweep before his own door. [ French Proverb ]

Thou hast all seasons for thine own, O death! [ Mrs. Hemans ]

And steal immortal kisses from her lips;
Which even in pure and vestal modesty.
Still blush as thinking their own kisses sin. [ William Shakespeare ]

It is a wise father that knows his own child. [ William Shakespeare ]

He is a wise child that knows his own father. [ Proverb ]

I gave you a stick to break my own head with. [ Proverb ]

Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one,
Have ofttimes no connection. Knowledge dwells
In heads replete with thoughts of other men;
Wisdom, in minds attentive to their own. [ William Cowper ]

Who doth not feel, until his failing sight
Faints into dimness with its own delight,
His changing cheek, his sinking heart confess.
The might - the majesty of Loveliness? [ Byron ]

Forget other's faults by remembering your own. [ Proverb ]

Bloody and deceitful men dig their own graves. [ Proverb ]

Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own;
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. [ Dryden, after Horace ]

Every man is the architect of his own fortune. [ Sallust ]

I hope I may tie up my own sack when I please. [ Proverb ]

Tell them, dear, if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for being. [ Emerson ]

The devil is a busy bishop in his own diocese. [ Proverb ]

The master looks sharpest to his own business. [ Phaedrus ]

In her days, every man shall eat in safety.
Under his own vine, what he plants; and sing
The merry song of peace to all his neighbours. [ William Shakespeare ]

Who doth his own business fouls not his hands. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

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

Let your trouble tarry till its own day comes. [ Proverb ]

He that to ancient wreaths can bring no more
From his own worth, dies bankrupt on the score. [ Cleveland ]

The drunkard continually assaults his own life. [ Proverb ]

The world of sleep has an existence of its own. [ Victor Hugo ]

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 ]

Each man makes his own stature, builds himself:
Virtue alone outbuilds the Pyramids;
Her monuments shall last when Egypt's fall. [ Edward Young ]

Time shakes the stable tyranny of thrones,
And tottering empires rush by their own weight. [ Armstrong ]

One takes what is his own wherever he finds it. [ French Proverb ]

Let us respect white hair - especially our own. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

Dew-drops, Nature's tears, which she
Sheds in her own breast for the fair which die.
The sun insists on gladness; but at night,
When he is gone, poor Nature loves to weep. [ Bailey ]

Would you be thanked for feeding your own swine? [ Proverb ]

There is nothing can equal the tender hours
When life is first in bloom,
When the heart like a bee, in a wild of flowers,
Finds everywhere perfume;
When the present is all and it questions not
If those flowers shall pass away,
But pleased with its own delightful lot,
Dreams never of decay. [ Bohn ]

I seek no better warrant than my own conscience. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

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

He that no modesty has all the town for his own. [ Proverb ]

He's a proud fox that will not dig his own hole. [ Proverb ]

True felicity consists of its own consciousness. [ Rivarol ]

Laugh not too much: the witty man laughs least:
For wit is news only to ignorance.
Less at thine own things laugh: lest in the jest
Thy person share, and the conceit advance. [ George Herbert ]

What avails it that indulgent Heaven
From mortal eyes has wrapt the woes to come,
If we, ingenious to torment ourselves.
Grow pale at hideous fictions of our own?
Enjoy the present; nor with needless cares
Of what may spring from blind misfortune's womb,
Appal the surest hour that life bestows.
Serene, and master of yourself, prepare
For what may come; and leave the rest to Heaven. [ Armstrong ]

Who would ever care to do brave deed,
Or strive in virtue others to excel.
If none should yield him his deserved meed
Due praise, that is the spur of doing well?
For if good were not praised more than ill,
None would choose goodness of his own free will. [ Spenser ]

For if good were not praised more than ill,
None would choose goodness of his own free will. [ Spenser ]

For my own pleasure, as the man struck his wife. [ Proverb ]

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 ]

For her own person, it beggared all description. [ William Shakespeare ]

I've learned to judge of men by their own deeds;
I do not make the accident of birth
The standard of their merit. [ Mrs. Hale ]

It is common to man to pardon all his own faults.

Greatness, once fallen out with fortune,
Must fall out with men too; what the declined is,
He shall as soon read in the eyes of others
As feel in his own fall. [ William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida ]

He that does his own business hurts not his hand. [ Proverb ]

Live thou! and of the grain and husk, the grape,
And ivy berry, choose; and still depart
From death to death thro' life and life, and find
Nearer and ever nearer Him, who wrought
Not Matter, nor the finite-infinite,
But this main miracle, that thou art thou,
With power on thine own act and on the world. [ Alfred Tennyson ]

A detractor is his own foe and the world's enemy. [ Proverb ]

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

The sun can be seen by nothing but its own light. [ Proverb ]

Proud is the horse that won't carry its own oats. [ Italian Proverb ]

The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands. [ Bacon ]

Every one in his own house and God in all of them. [ Cervantes ]

Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own. [ William Shakespeare ]

The noblest victory is to conquer one's own heart. [ La Fontaine ]

You have lost your own stomach, and found a dog's. [ Proverb ]

Avarice is always poor, but poor by ber own fault. [ Johnson ]

Lavish of what is another's, tenacious of his own. [ Cicero ]

Gifts come from above in their own peculiar forms. [ Goethe ]

Love hath chased sleep from my enthralled eyes
And made them watchers of mine own heart's sorrow. [ William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act II. Sc. 4 ]

He's an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers. [ Proverb ]

A good man enlarges the term of his own existence. [ Martial ]

I have play'd the fool, the gross fool, to believe
The bosom of a friend will hold a secret
Mine own could not retain. [ Massinger ]

He has brought up a bird to pick out his own eyes. [ Proverb ]

Every one thinks his own cross the hardest to bear. [ Italian Proverb ]

God trusts every one with the care of his own soul. [ Scotch Proverb ]

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 ]

She is like a cat, she will play with her own tail. [ Proverb ]

Genius finds its own road and carries its own lamp. [ Willmott ]

Light another's candle, but don't put out your own. [ Proverb ]

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

Believing hear, what you deserve to hear.
Your birthday as my own to me is dear.
Blest and distinguish'd days! which we should prize
The first, the kindest bounty of the skies.
But yours gives most; for mine did only lend,
Me to the world; yours gave to me a friend. [ Martial ]

Serving one's own passions is the greatest slavery. [ Proverb ]

Still all great souls still make their own content;
We to ourselves may all our wishes grant;
For, nothing coveting, we nothing want. [ Dryden ]

A wise traveller never depreciates his own country. [ Goldoni ]

Sit in your own place, and no man can make you rise. [ Proverb ]

Regulate your own passions and bear those of others. [ Proverb ]

To a beggar not even his own parents show affection. [ Proverb ]

Jeerers must be content to taste of their own broth. [ Proverb ]

Sparrows fight for corn, which is none of their own. [ Proverb ]

Where knaves fall out, honest men come by their own. [ Proverb ]

Twas a public feast and public day -
Quite full, right dull, guests hot, and dishes cold,
Great plenty, much formality, small cheer.
And everybody out of their own sphere. [ Byron ]

Dreams, which, beneath the hov'ring shades of night.
Sport with the ever-restless minds of men.
Descend not from the gods. Each busy brain
Creates its own. [ Thomas Love Peacock ]

As one who in some frightful dream would shun
His pressing foe, labors in vain to run
And his own slowness in his sleep bemoans.
In short thick sighs, weak cries, and tender groans. [ Dryden ]

Think not thy own shadow longer than that of others. [ Sir Thomas Browne ]

No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly. [ Cervantes ]

He that resists his own evil inclinations obeys God. [ Proverb ]

He is wise that hath wit enough for his own affairs. [ Proverb ]

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

I never asked you for wood to heat my own oven with. [ Proverb ]

Contempt will cause Spite to drink of her own poison. [ Proverb ]

He needs no foil, but shines by his own proper light. [ John Dryden ]

I have heard they are the most lewd impostors,
Made of all terms and shreds, no less beliers
Of great men's favours than their own vile medicines,
Which they will utter upon monstrous oaths;
Selling that drug for two pence ere they part.
Which they have valued at twelve crowns before. [ Ben Jonson ]

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

A fool's tongue is long enough to cut his own throat. [ Proverb ]

Malice drinks up the greatest part of its own poison. [ Proverb ]

He that comes after sees with more eyes than his own. [ Proverb ]

The fool is busy in every one's business but his own. [ Proverb ]

Love hath never known a law beyond its own sweet will. [ Whittier ]

A solitary blessing few can find,
Our joys with those we love are intertwined,
And he whose wakeful tenderness removes
The obstructing thorn that wounds the breast he loves,
Smooths not another's rugged path alone,
But scatters roses to adorn his own.

Revenge in cold blood is the devil's own act and deed. [ Proverb ]

When every one gets his own, you will get the gallows. [ Proverb ]

He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green. [ Bacon ]

He that would be well needs not go from his own house. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Detractors are their own foes, and the world's enemies. [ Proverb ]

Every man for himself, his own ends, the devil for all. [ Burton ]

An author can have nothing truly his own but his style. [ Disraeli ]

The proudest vice is ashamed to wear its own face long. [ Proverb ]

Haste trips up its own heels, fetters and stops itself. [ Seneca ]

Every man's censure is first moulded in his own nature. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

It is the curse of greatness to be its own destruction. [ Nabb ]

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. [ Syrus ]

Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not. [ Bible ]

He that hath children, all his morsels are not his own. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

The rather since every man is the son of his own works. [ Cervantes ]

Vice is its own punishment, and sometimes its own cure. [ Proverb ]

There is a witness of the evil deed in one's own bosom. [ Danish Proverb ]

For my own part, I shall be glad to learn of noble men. [ William Shakespeare ]

That mischief comes justly that is of your own seeking. [ Proverb ]

Fools are always resolute to make good their own folly. [ Proverb ]

All who know their own minds know not their own hearts. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Our own actions are our security, not others' judgments. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Wise men learn by other men's harms, fools by their own. [ Proverb ]

Better spare to have of thine own than ask of other men. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Every one is glad to see a knave caught in his own trap. [ Proverb ]

Man forms himself in his own interior, and nowhere else. [ Lacordaire ]

knowing how to live quietly at home, in their own rooms. [ Pascal ]

He is not guilty who is not guilty of his own free will. [ Seneca ]

Justice needs not injury to assist it in getting its own. [ Proverb ]

It is often a comfort in misfortune to know our own fate. [ Quintus Curtius Rufus ]

He merits no thanks that does a kindness for his own end. [ Proverb ]

Every man's fortune is shaped for him by his own manners. [ Corn. Nep ]

To every saint his own torch, (i.e. his place of honour). [ Italian Proverb ]

A promise against law or duty, is void in its own nature. [ Proverb ]

He dies twice who perishes by his own weapons or devices. [ Publius Syrus ]

Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds. [ Emerson ]

The rich fool is like a pig that is choked by its own fat. [ Confucius ]

It is a proud horse that will not carry his own provender. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Every man, however little, makes a figure in his own eyes. [ Henry Home ]

There is no place more delightful than one's own fireside. [ Cicero ]

He that has led a wicked life is afraid of his own memory. [ Proverb ]

It is my own fault if I am deceived by the same man twice. [ Proverb ]

It is a great point of wisdom to find out one's own folly. [ Proverb ]

In my dominions every one may be happy in his own fashion. [ Frederick the Great ]

He hath a good judgment that relies not wholly on his own. [ Proverb ]

It is against womanhood to be forward in their own wishes. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

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

As virtue is its own reward, so vice is its own punishment. [ Proverb ]

Fools and madmen ought not to be left in their own company. [ Proverb ]

Women always find their bitterest foes among their own sex. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

Men see better into other people's business than their own. [ Seneca ]

The prudent man really frames his own fortunes for himself. [ Plautus ]

For science is, like virtue, its own exceeding great reward. [ Chas. Kingsley ]

Be sure you take for wife a woman of your own neighbourhood. [ Hesiod ]

He that boasts of his own knowledge proclaims his ignorance. [ Proverb ]

It is with sorrows, as with countries, each man has his own. [ Chateaubriand ]

But do you of your own ingenuity take up more than my words? [ Ovid ]

Pleasure has no logic; it never treads in its own footsteps. [ Alexander Smith ]

Gold does not satisfy love; it must be paid in its own coin. [ Mme. Deluzy ]

If every bird take back its own feathers, you will be naked. [ Proverb ]

Religion is not in want of art; it rests on its own majesty. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

I attend to the business of other people, having lost my own. [ Horace ]

Leaning on Him, make with reverent meekness His own thy will. [ Whittier ]

A man's own heart must ever be given to gain that of another. [ Goldsmith ]

The clown in his own country, the gentleman where he pleases. [ Spanish Proverb ]

He that is only his own pupil shall have a fool to his tutor. [ Proverb ]

Our actions are our own; their consequences belong to Heaven. [ Francis ]

We make others judgment our own by frequenting their society. [ Thomas Fuller ]

What is mine is my own, what is my brother's is his and mine. [ Proverb ]

No hope so bright but is the beginning of its own fulfilment. [ R. W. Emerson ]

How many worthy men have we seen survive their own reputation! [ Montaigne ]

Wit without wisdom, cuts other men's meat and its own fingers. [ Proverb ]

Whosoever values not his own Life, may be master of another's. [ Proverb ]

Wickedness is its own punishment, and many times its own cure. [ Proverb ]

I pity the man overwhelmed with the weight of his own leisure. [ Francois M. A. de Voltaire ]

Once thoroughly our own, knowledge ceases to give us pleasure. [ John Ruskin ]

Spit not against heaven, it will fall back into your own face. [ Proverb ]

Ah! wretched and too solitary he who loves not his own company! [ Cowley ]

There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake. [ Swift ]

He that has a mouth of his own should not say to another, Blow. [ Proverb ]

Windows, white and azure-laced with blue of heaven's own tinct. [ William Shakespeare ]

An ounce of a man's own wit is worth a pound of other peoples'. [ Sterne ]

By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property. [ Francois M. A. de Voltaire ]

He that cannot conceal his own shame will not conceal another's. [ Proverb ]

A fool knows more in his own house than a wise man in another's. [ Proverb ]

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. [ J. Stuart Mill ]

Eat at your own table as you would eat at the table of the king. [ Confucius ]

Our acts make or mar us, - we are the children of our own deeds. [ Victor Hugo ]

By silence, I hear other men's imperfections and conceal my own. [ Zeno ]

Deep rest, and sweet, most like indeed to death's own quietness. [ Virgil ]

No law can be finally sacred to me but the law of my own nature. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

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

Unless you bear with the faults of a friend, you betray your own. [ Syrus ]

Every nation has its own language as well as its own temperament. [ Voltaire ]

By the verdict of his own breast no guilty man is ever acquitted. [ Juvenal ]

He deservedly loses his own property, who covets that of another. [ Pha?drus ]

When we commend good actions we make them in some measure our own. [ Proverb ]

He murmurs near the running brooks a music sweeter than their own. [ Wordsworth ]

To many a torrent flow of speech and their own eloquence is fatal. [ Juv ]

Our own heart, and not other men's opinions, forms our true honor. [ Coleridge ]

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

The smoke of one's own house is better than the fire at another's. [ Proverb ]

My own business always bores me to death, I prefer other people's. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

By the very constitution of our nature moral evil is its own curse. [ Chalmers ]

He will ill catch a bird flying that cannot keep his own in a cage. [ Proverb ]

He who trusts a secret to his servant makes his own man his master. [ Dryden ]

When the house of your neighbour is on fire, your own is in danger. [ Proverb ]

He who is the cause of his own misfortunes may bewail them himself. [ Italian Proverb ]

Oh, how sweet it is to hear our own conviction from another's lips! [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Be a man!
Bear thine own burden; never think to thrust thy fate upon another. [ Robert Browning ]

He must be a thorough fool who can learn nothing from his own folly. [ Hare ]

He doeth well that serveth the common good rather than his own will. [ Thomas à Kempis ]

He that minds not his own business shall never be trusted with mine. [ Proverb ]

He that shews his wealth to a thief is the cause of his own pillage. [ Proverb ]

When the next house is on fire, it is high time to look to your own. [ Proverb ]

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

The higher a man is in grace, the lower he will be in his own esteem. [ Spurgeon ]

He that works after his own manner, his head aches not at the matter. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Your own property is concerned when your neighbor's house is on fire. [ Horace ]

The weak man who whines of neglect gives the sign of his own weakness. [ Ada Isaacs Menken ]

He knows enough who knows how to live and how to keep his own counsel. [ French Proverb ]

To be a man's own fool is bad enough; but the vain man is everybody's. [ William Penn ]

In the world a man lives in his own age; in solitude, in all the ages. [ William Matthews ]

Who hath not known ill-fortune, never knew Himself, or his own virtue. [ Mallet ]

Every bondman in his own hand bears the power to cancel his captivity. [ William Shakespeare ]

Persuasive, yet denying eyes, all eloquent with language of their own. [ Locke ]

Lose not thy own for want of asking for it: 'twill get thee no thanks. [ Thomas Fuller ]

When a man is set upon his own ruin, it is in vain to reason with him. [ Proverb ]

I shall ne'er beware of mine own wit till I break my shins against it. [ William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act II. Sc. 4 ]

The miser, poor fool, not only starves his body, but also his own soul. [ Theodore Parker ]

Oh that simplicity and innocence its own unvalued work so seldom knows! [ Shelley ]

O time! whose verdicts mock our own, the only righteous judge art thou! [ T. W. Parsons ]

To try to conceal our own heart, is a bad means to read that of others. [ Rousseau ]

We are often prophets to others only because we are our own historians. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his own home. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

That is the bitterest of all, - to wear the yoke of our own wrongdoing. [ George Eliot ]

Why do we pray to Heaven without setting our own shoulder to the wheel? [ Carlyle ]

O, there is naught on earth worth being known but God and our own souls! [ Bailey ]

No one is satisfied with his fortune, nor dissatisfied with his own wit. [ Mme. Deshoulieres ]

Confidence in another man's virtue is no slight evidence of a man's own. [ Montaigne ]

In our own breast, there or nowhere flows the fountain of true pleasure. [ Wieland ]

He that despairs measures Providence by his own little contracted model. [ South ]

There are people so sensitive that they afflict us with our own sorrows. [ C. Jordan ]

After a good dinner one could forgive anybody, even one's own relations. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Every subject's duty is the king's; but every subject's soul is his own. [ William Shakespeare ]

The hatred we bear our enemies injures their happiness less than our own. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

He cannot complain of a hard sentence who is made master of his own fate. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

And though all cry down self, none means his own self in a literal sense. [ Butler ]

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

The true gentlemen is God's servant, the world's master, and his own man. [ Proverb ]

The heart is the lord of the body, as a man is the lord of his own house. [ Kiu-o ]

Love mocks all sorrows but its own, and damps each joy he does not yield. [ Lady Dacre ]

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

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. [ Spurgeon ]

A woman needs a stronger head than her own for counsel - she should marry. [ Calderon ]

In regard to virtue, each one finds certainty by consulting his own heart. [ Renan ]

No man is willing to own him, who is out of the good opinion of the world. [ Proverb ]

To be silent is the safest course for the man who distrusts his own powers. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

We must sometimes cease to adhere to our own opinion for the sake of peace. [ Thomas à Kempis ]

He that boasts of his ancestors confesses that he has no virtue of his own. [ Charron ]

Thought is always troublesome to him who lives without his own approbation. [ Johnson ]

He that is his own counsellor knows nothing sure but what he hath laid out. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden so well as her own reserve. [ Cervantes ]

We stand in our own light wherever we go, and fight our own shadows forever. [ Owen Meredith ]

Such is the constitution of man that labor may be said to be its own reward. [ Dr. Johnson ]

It is not other's apprehensions, but your own liking that should please you. [ Proverb ]

A fop of fashion is the mercer's friend, the tailor's fool, and his own foe. [ Proverb ]

Blessed is that man who knows his own distaff and has found his own spindle. [ J. G. Holland ]

Every one is the son of his own works; (i.e. is responsible for his own acts. [ Spanish Proverb ]

To become the spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Can you expect that the mother will teach good morals or others than her own. [ Juv ]

Emblems of our own great resurrection, emblems of the bright and better land. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

He is beneficent who acts kindly, not for his own benefit, but for another's. [ Cicero ]

He that would thrive by law, must fee his enemy's counsel as well as his own. [ Proverb ]

That blind, rascally boy that abuses everyone's eyes, because his own are out. [ William Shakespeare ]

He that repents of his own act either is, or was a fool by his own confession. [ Proverb ]

One whom the music of his own vain tongue doth ravish like enchanting harmony. [ William Shakespeare ]

It is a rank courtesy, when a man is forced to give thanks for what is his own. [ Proverb ]

Every man must have his own style, as he has his own face and his own features. [ John Stuart Blackie, The Art Of Authorship, 1891 ]

Men should allow others excellences, to preserve a modest opinion of their own. [ Barrow ]

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

If a gentleman be to study any language, it ought to be that of his own country. [ Locke ]

Of all the tyrants the world affords, our own affections are the fiercest lords. [ Earl of Sterling ]

Suspicion is a heavy armour, and with its own weight impedes more than protects. [ Byron ]

Nature has sometimes made a fool; but a coxcomb is always of a man's own making. [ Addison ]

A proverb says: A hearth of one's own and a good wife are worth gold and pearls. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

To be truly and really independent is to support ourselves by our own exertions. [ Porter ]

Trust as little as you can to report, and examine all you can by your own senses. [ Johnson ]

The violence of either grief or joy, their own enactures with themselves destroy. [ William Shakespeare ]

A truly great genius will be the first to prescribe limits for its own exertions. [ Brougham ]

We mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own industry. [ L'Estrange ]

Better is little, provided it is your own, than an abundance of borrowed capital. [ Benjamin Franklin ]

We deceive and flatter no one by such delicate artifices as we do our own selves. [ Schopenhauer ]

Those who want friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts. [ Bacon ]

Her full heart - its own interpreter - translates itself in silence on her cheek. [ Amelia B. Welby ]

No one is allowed to do on his own premises what may injure those of a neighbour. [ Law ]

No man can be good, or great, or happy, except through inward efforts of his own. [ F. W. Robertson ]

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

We need not be much concerned about those faults which we have the courage to own. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

It is the witness still of excellency to put a strange face on his own perfection. [ William Shakespeare ]

Old age has deformities enough of its own; do not add to it the deformity of vice. [ Cato ]

Though we have two eyes, we are supplied with but one tongue. Draw your own moral. [ Alphonse Karr ]

If a man is unhappy, this must be his own fault; for God made all men to be happy. [ Epictetus ]

It is always a poor way of reading the hearts of others to try to conceal our own. [ Kousseau ]

Circumstances are beyond the control of a man, but his conduct is in his own power. [ Earl Of Beaconsfield ]

There is no man easier to deceive than he who hopes; for he aids in his own deceit. [ Bossuet ]

Till their own dreams at length deceive them, And oft repeating, they believe them. [ Prior ]

We should always forgive, - the penitent for their sake, the impenitent for our own. [ Marie Ebner-Eschenbach ]

Women, like roses, should wear only their own colors, and emit no borrowed perfumes. [ Rabbi Ben Azai ]

He that goes continually abroad a borrowing, shews he has little at home of his own. [ Proverb ]

I renounce the friend who eats what is mine with me, and what is his own by himself. [ Portuguese Proverb ]

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

Unhappy is the man for whom his own mother has not made all other mothers venerable. [ Agnesi ]

A wicked man is his own hell; and his passions and lusts the fiends that torment him. [ Proverb ]

Every genius has most power in his own language, and every heart in its own religion. [ Jean Paul ]

Sleep hath its own world, a boundary between the things misnamed death and existence. [ Byron ]

Sell your confidence at a high price, if at all; to be strong, keep your own counsel. [ Dumas, Pere ]

That genius is feeble which cannot hold its own before the masterpieces of the world. [ T. W. Higginson ]

The familiar writer is apt to be his own satirist. Out of his own mouth is he judged. [ Whipple ]

A sweet new blossom of humanity, fresh fallen from God's own home to flower on earth. [ Gerald Massey ]

Our hands we open of our own free will, and the good flies, which we can never recall. [ Goethe ]

No sadder proof can be given by man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men. [ Carlyle ]

Set all things in their own peculiar place, And know that order is the greatest grace. [ Dryden ]

Quacks pretend to cure other men's disorders, but fail to find a remedy for their own. [ Cicero ]

Had we not faults of our own we should take less pleasure in observing those of others. [ Rochefoucauld ]

The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy. [ Bible ]

Heart-chilling superstition! thou canst glaze even Pity's eye with her own frozen tear. [ Coleridge ]

We do nothing, but in the presence of two great witnesses; God, and our own conscience. [ Proverb ]

Be fearful only of thyself, and stand in awe of none more than of thine own conscience. [ Thomas Fuller ]

Gratitude is a duty none can be excused from, because it is always at our own disposal. [ Charron ]

No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men. [ Carlyle ]

Who borrow much, then fairly make it known, and damn it with improvements not their own. [ Young ]

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

He is a good time-server that improves the present for God's glory and his own salvation. [ Thomas Fuller ]

They had finished her own crown in glory, and she couldn't stay away from the coronation. [ Gray ]

In water thou canst see thine own face, in wine thou canst see into the heart of another. [ Proverb ]

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked up in strangers' galleries. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth: a stranger, and not thine own lips. [ Bible ]

For my own part, I had rather be old only a short time than be old before I really am so. [ Cicero ]

Envy is so shameful and cowardly a passion, that nobody ever had the confidence to own it. [ Proverb ]

He that has light within his own clear breast may sit in the center, and enjoy bright day. [ Milton ]

He who is lord of himself, and exists upon his own resources, is a noble but a rare being. [ Sir E. Brydges ]

For my own private satisfaction, I had rather be master of my own time than wear a diadem. [ Bishop Berkeley ]

Every man should bear his own grievances rather than detract from the comforts of another. [ Cicero ]

He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. [ Ward Beecher ]

We carry our neighbour's failings in sight, we throw our own crimes over our own shoulders. [ Proverb ]

No man who is wretched in his own heart and feeble in his own work can rightly help others. [ John Ruskin ]

Every evil deed already bears its own avenging angel, the dread of evil, in the heart of it. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own. [ Proverb ]

It is not so much for love of the world that we seek it, as to escape our own companionship.

Eyes that displace the neighbor diamond, and outface that sunshine by their own sweet grace. [ Crashaw ]

We tell our triumphs to the crowd, but our own hearts are the sole confidants of our sorrows. [ Bulwer Lytton ]

Nature goes her own way, and all that to us seems an exception, is really according to order. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others, and to forget his own. [ Cicero ]

The heart of true womanhood knows where its own sphere is, and never seeks to stray beyond it! [ Hawthorne ]

Women ought not to know their own wit, because they will still be showing it, and so spoil it. [ John Selden ]

Scholars are frequently to be met with who are ignorant of nothing saving their own ignorance. [ Zimmermann ]

He who has no opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave. [ Klopstock ]

Think not your estate your own, while any man can call upon you for money which you cannot pay. [ Johnson ]

The fortunate circumstances of our lives are generally found at last to be of our own producing. [ Goldsmith ]

For no falsehood can endure touch of celestial temper, but returns of force to its own likeness. [ Milton ]

The soul of a man can by no agency, of men or of devils, be lost and ruined but by his own only. [ Carlyle ]

Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves achieved, we can scarcely call our own. [ Ovid ]

Nobody will use other people's experience, nor have any of his own till it is too late to use it. [ Hawthorne ]

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

Books, while they teach us to respect the interest of others, often make us unmindful of our own. [ Goldsmith ]

Covetousness, like a candle ill made, smothers the splendor of a happy fortune in its own grease. [ F. Osborn ]

When people laugh at their own jokes, their wit is very small beer, and is lost in its own froth. [ Spurgeon ]

Never does a man portray his own character more vividly than in his manner of portraying another. [ Richter ]

A freeman contending for liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth. [ George Washington ]

The good or the bad fortune of men depends not less upon their own dispositions than upon fortune. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Every traveller has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering. [ Dickens ]

Sweet is the breath of praise when given by those whose own high merit claims the praise they give. [ Hannah More ]

I have learned by experience that no man's character can be eventually injured but by his own acts. [ Rowland Hill ]

That incessant envy wherewith the common rate of mankind pursues all superior natures to their own. [ Swift ]

The truly great rest in the knowledge of their own deserts, nor seek the conformation of the world. [ Alexander Smith ]

Though men can cover crimes with bold, stern looks, poor women's faces are their own faults' books. [ William Shakespeare ]

The dregs may stir themselves as they please; they fall back to the bottom by their own coarseness. [ Joubert ]

Fuss is half-sister to Hurry, and neither of them can do any thing without getting in their own way. [ Henry Wheeler Shaw (pen name Josh Billings) ]

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is my own. [ Montaigne ]

Miserable men commiserate not themselves; bowelless unto others, and merciless unto their own bowels. [ Sir Thomas Browne ]

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

To die, I own, is a dread passage - terrible to nature, chiefly to those who have, like me, been happy. [ Thomson ]

Studies teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation. [ Bacon ]

It is the welfare of the whole from which every patriotic, and even every selfish, soul expects its own. [ Gentz ]

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

God has been pleased to prescribe limits to His own power, and to work out His ends within these limits. [ Paley ]

Too high an appreciation of our own talents is the chief cause why experience preaches to us all in vain. [ Colton ]

Where such radiant lights have shone, no wonder if her cheeks be grown sunburnt with lustre of their own. [ John Cleaveland ]

We pick our own sorrows out of the joys of other men, and from their sorrows likewise we derive our joys. [ Owen Feltham ]

A just person knows how to secure his own reputation without blemishing another's by exposing his faults. [ Quesnel ]

Breathes there a man, with soul so dead, who never to himself hath saith, This is my own, my native land! [ Sir Walter Scott ]

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

No man has yet discovered the means of giving successfully friendly advice to women - not even to his own. [ Balzac ]

Human nature is so constituted that all see and judge better in the affairs of other men than in their own. [ Terence ]

I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. [ William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice ]

Most people, when they come to you for advice, come to have their own opinions strengthened, not corrected. [ Billings ]

No man has a claim to credit upon his own word, when better evidence, if he had it, may be easily produced. [ Johnson ]

Take thou the beam out of thine own eye; then shalt thou see clearly to take the mote out of thy brother's. [ Jesus ]

A man is in no danger so long as he talks his love; but to write it is to impale himself on his own pothooks. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

The jealous man's disease is of so malignant a nature that it converts all it takes into its own nourishment. [ Addison ]

Other vices make their own way; this makes way for all vices. He that is a drunkard is qualified for all vice. [ Francis Quarles ]

We must not take the faults of our youth with us into our old age, for old age brings with it its own defects. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

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

Favourable chance is the god of all men who follow their own devices instead of obeying a law they believe in. [ George Eliot ]

Fortune rules in all things, and advances and depresses things more out of her own will than right and justice. [ Sallust ]

Since I cannot govern my own tongue, though within my own teeth, how can I hope to govern the tongue of others? [ Franklin ]

A man must be excessively stupid, as well as uncharitable, who believes there is no virtue but on his own side. [ Addison ]

Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? [ Bible ]

If you would understand your own age, read the works of fiction produced in it. People in disguise speak freely. [ Arthur Helps ]

Enough for me a nook by a hearth of my own, a good book, a friend, a short sleep, unburdened by debt and sorrow. [ Rioja ]

Truth shines with its own light; it is not by the flames of funeral piles that the minds of men are illuminated. [ Belisarius ]

Logic helps us to strip off the outward disguise of things, and to behold and judge of them in their own nature. [ I. Watts ]

Necessity is cruel, but it is the only test of inward strength. Every fool may live according to his own likings. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

My own style is the result of downright hard work. This, and the experience of life, have been my chief teachers. [ Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, The Art Of Authorship, 1891 ]

Every virtue carries with it its own reward, but none in so distinguished and pre-eminent a degree as benevolence.

A man's happiness consists infinitely more in admiration of the faculties of others than in confidence in his own. [ John Ruskin ]

Much of the pleasure, and all the benefit of conversation, depends upon our own opinion of the speaker's veracity. [ Paley ]

Our immortal souls, while righteous, are by God himself beautified with the title of his own image and similitude. [ Sir Walter Raleigh ]

That which we truly call honourable is praiseworthy in its own nature, even though it should be praised by no one. [ Cicero ]

The man who is in a hurry to see the full effects of his own tillage must cultivate annuals, and not forest trees. [ Whately ]

The most ridiculous of all animals is a proud priest; he cannot use his own tools without cutting his own fingers. [ Colton ]

Every man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul. [ Sir J. Stevens ]

The reason we are so pleased to find out other people's secrets is that it distracts public attention from our own. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

Long customs are not easily broken: he that attempts to change the course of his own life very often labors in vain. [ Johnson ]

Poetry is in itself strength and joy, whether it be crowned by all mankind, or left alone in its own magic hermitage. [ Sterling ]

He that, by often arguing against his own sense, imposes falsehoods on others, is not far from believing them himself. [ Locke ]

Her eyes, her lips, her cheeks, her shape, her features, seem to be drawn by love's own hand, by love himself in love. [ Dryden ]

The amount of women who flirt with their own husbands is scandalous. It is simply washing one's clean linen in public. [ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest ]

The true worth of a soul is revealed as much by the motive it attributes to the actions of others as by its own deeds. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

As long as we work on God's line. He will aid us. When we attempt to work on our own lines. He rebukes us with failure. [ T. L. Cuyler ]

The influence of custom is incalculable; dress a boy as a man and he will at once change his own conception of himself. [ Bayle St. John ]

In analyzing the character of heroes. It is hardly possible to separate altogether the share of fortune from their own. [ Hallam ]

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love our friends for their sakes rather than for our own. [ Charlotte Bronte ]

That nation is in the enjoyment of liberty which stands by its own strength, and does not depend on the will of another. [ Livy ]

First cast the beam out of thine own eye, and then thou shalt see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. [ Jesus ]

Who is nobody? The man who lives for self, who has no affection for his own kin, and who lives a living he and knows it. [ James Ellis ]

Associate with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. [ George Washington ]

You cannot give me an instance of any man who is permitted to lay out his own time contriving not to have tedious hours. [ Dr. Johnson ]

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 ]

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. [ Burke ]

Let go quarrel and contention, nor embroil thyself in trouble and differences by being over-solicitous in thy own defence. [ Thomas à Kempis ]

Every man is an original and solitary character. None can either understand or feel the book of his own life like himself. [ Cecil ]

A man's reputation is not in his own keeping, but lies at the mercy of the profligacy of others. Calumny requires no proof. [ Hazlitt ]

Man is the highest product of his own history. The Discoverer finds nothing so tall as himself, nothing so valuable to him. [ Theodore Parker ]

Alphabets, if rightly understood, can be made to tell their own history, as well as the history of those who employed them. [ Prof. Sayce ]

Sympathetic people are often uncommunicative about themselves; they give back reflected images which hide their own depths. [ George Eliot ]

Have you so much leisure from your own business that you can take care of other people's that does not at all belong to you? [ Terence ]

We anticipate our own happiness, and eat out the heart and sweetness of worldly pleasures by delightful forethought of them. [ Tillotson ]

Our estimate of a character always depends much on the manner in which that character affects our own interests and passions. [ Macaulay ]

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 ]

Nothing can we call our own but death, and that small model of the barren earth which serves as paste and cover to our bones. [ William Shakespeare ]

To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men - that is genius. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Nature always wears the colours of the spirit. To a man labouring under calamity the heat of his own fire hath sadness in it. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Know, he that foretells his own calamity, and makes events before they come, twice over doth endure the pains of evil destiny. [ Sir W. Davenant ]

It is very vulgar to talk about one's own business. Only people like stock-brokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties. [ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest ]

What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard, even than what he condemns, of his own character, information and abilities. [ Hare ]

The art of conversation consists less in showing one's own wit than in giving opportunity for the display of the wit of others. [ La Bruyere ]

Friends are often chosen for similitude of manners, and therefore each palliates the other's failings because they are his own. [ Dr. Johnson ]

He that defers his charity until he is dead is, if a man weighs it rightly, rather liberal of another man's goods than his own. [ Bacon ]

Some are brave men one day and cowards another, as great captains have often told me, from their own experience and observation. [ Sir W. Temple ]

Human wisdom is the aggregate of all human experience, constantly accumulating and selecting and reorganizing its own materials. [ Judge Joseph Story ]

Talk not to me of the wisdom of women, - I know my own sex well; the wisest of us all are but little less foolish than the rest. [ Mary, Queen of Scots ]

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasures takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

How can you make a fool perceive that he is a fool? Such a personage can no more see his own folly than he can see his own ears. [ Thackeray ]

There is nothing so small but that we may honour God by asking his guidance of it, or insult him by taking it into our own hands. [ John Ruskin ]

My advice is to consult the lives of other men as we would a looking-glass, and from thence fetch examples for our own imitation. [ Terence ]

Great souls forgive not injuries till time has put their enemies within their power, that they may show forgiveness is their own. [ John Dryden ]

A man's possessions are just as large as his own soul. If his titledeeds cover more, the surplus acres own him. not he the acres. [ R. F. Hallock ]

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

Those who injure one party to benefit another are quite as unjust as if they converted the property of others to their own benefit. [ Cicero ]

If thou wouldst find much favor and peace with God and man, be very low in thine own eyes; forgive thyself little, and others much. [ Robert Leighton ]

Sorrow, like a heavy ringing bell, once set on ringing, with its own weight goes; then little strength rings out the doleful knell. [ William Shakespeare ]

Chance is but the pseudonym of God for those particular cases which He does not choose to subscribe openly with His own sign-manual. [ Coleridge ]

Let wickedness escape as it may at the bar, it never fails of doing justice upon itself: for every guilty person is his own hangman. [ Seneca ]

It is better to be the builder of our own name than to be indebted by descent for the proudest gifts known to the books of heraldry. [ Hosea Ballou ]

Men of strong affections are jealous of their own genius. They fear lest they should be loved for a quality, and not for themselves. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

I hope you are becoming more and more interested in making those around you happy. That is the true way to secure your own happiness. [ Robert E. Lee ]

Man is an eternal mystery, even to himself. His own person is a house which he never enters, and of which he studies but the outside. [ E. Souvestre ]

Love is swift, sincere, pious, pleasant, gentle, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, manly, and never seeking her own. [ Thomas à Kempis ]

Praise is a debt we owe unto the virtues of others, and due unto our own from all whom malice hath not made mutes or envy struck dumb. [ Sir Thomas Browne ]

Praise never gives us much pleasure unless it concur with our own opinion, and extol us for those qualities in which we chiefly excel. [ Hume ]

Sleep is no servant of the will; it has caprices of its own: when courted most, it lingers still; when most pursued, 'tis swiftly gone. [ Bowring ]

Sects of men are apt to be shut up in sectarian ideas of their own, and to be less open to new general ideas than the main body of men. [ Matthew Arnold ]

A man who can, in cold blood, hunt and torture a poor, innocent animal, cannot feel much compassion for the distress of his own species. [ Frederick the Great ]

To rejoice in another's prosperity, is to give content to your own lot; to mitigate another's grief, is to alleviate or dispel your own. [ Thomas Edwards ]

None are so seldom found alone, and are so soon tired of their own company, as those coxcombs who are on the best terms with themselves. [ Colton ]

If the wave could speak in any other language than that of its own harsh thunder, how many tales of agony and suffering might it unfold. [ Selkirk ]

To remain virtuous, a man has only to combat his own desires: a woman must resist her own inclinations, and the continual attack of man. [ Latena ]

These are the signs of a wise man: to reprove nobody, to praise nobody, to blame nobody, nor even to speak of himself or his own merits. [ Epictetus ]

An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person. [ Addison ]

When we exaggerate the tenderness of our friends towards us, it is often less from gratitude than from a desire to exhibit our own merit. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

A coxcomb begins by determining that his own profession is the first; and he finishes by deciding that he is the first of his profession. [ Colton ]

Before wondering at the degradation of a soul, one should know what blows it has received, and what it has suffered from its own grandeur. [ Mme. Louise Colet ]

Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People that have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company. [ Jeremy Collier ]

In honest truth, a name given to a man is no better than a skin given to him; what is not natively his own falls off and comes to nothing. [ Landor ]

Nature gives healthy children much; how much! Wise education is a wise unfolding of this; often it unfolds itself better of its own accord. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

That immense majority, the fools, who made the laws that regulate the manners of the world, very naturally made them for their own benefit.

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 ]

He is worthy of honor, who willeth the good of every man; and he is much unworthy thereof, who seeketh his own profit, and oppresseth others. [ Cicero ]

There are only two things in which the false professors of all religions have agreed - to persecute all other sects and to plunder their own. [ Colton ]

Misfortunes one can endure - they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults - Ah ! there is the sting of life. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

The constant duty of every man to his fellows is to ascertain his own powers and special gifts, and to strengthen them for the help of others. [ John Ruskin ]

Can there be any greater dotage in the world than for one to guide and direct his courses by the sound of a bell, and not by his own judgment. [ Rabelais ]

But for us there are moments, O, how solemn, when destiny trembles in the balance, and the preponderance of either scale is by our own choice. [ Mark Hopkins ]

Men of real merit, and whose noble and glorious deeds we are ready to acknowledge, are yet not to be endured when they vaunt their own actions. [ Aeschines ]

They who, without any previous knowledge of us, think amiss of us, do us no harm: they attack not us, but the phantom of their own imagination. [ La Bruyere ]

One tires of a page of which every sentence sparkles with points, of a sentimentalist who is always pumping the tears from his eyes or your own. [ Thackeray ]

Friendship is to be purchased only by friendship. A man may have authority over others, but he can never have their heart but by giving his own. [ Thomas Wilson ]

It was in his own home that Fielding knew and loved her (Amelia); from his own wife that he drew the most charming character in English fiction. [ Thackeray ]

A wise man shall overrule his stars, and have a greater influence upon his own content than all the constellations and planets of the firmament. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

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

We are at best but stewards of what we falsely call our own; yet avarice is so insatiable that it is not in the power of liberality to content it. [ Seneca ]

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not onto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. [ Bible ]

Revenge, which, like envy, is an instinct of justice, does but take into its own hands the execution of that natural law which precedes the social. [ Chatfield ]

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

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 ]

Too much idleness, I have observed, fills up a man's time more completely and leaves him less his own master, than any sort of employment whatsoever. [ Burke ]

Genius is to other gifts what the carbuncle is to the precious stones. It sends forth its own light, whereas other stones only reflect borrowed light. [ Arthur Schopenhauer ]

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 ]

So far from genius discarding law, rather is it the supreme joy of genius to reenact the eternal and unwritten law in the chamber of its own intellect. [ Charles H. Parkhurst ]

There is this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it. [ Emerson ]

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 ]

I must confess, as the experience of my own soul, that the expectation of loving my friends in heaven principally kindles my love to them while on earth. [ Richard Baxter ]

Heroes are men who set out to be demi-gods in their own eyes, and who end by being so at certain moments by dint of despising and combating all humanity. [ George Sand ]

Look at home, father priest, mother priest; your church is a hundredfold heavier responsibility than mine can be. Your priesthood is from God's own hands. [ Ward Beecher ]

Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset. [ Lytton ]

No man can live happily who regards himself alone, who turns everything to his own advantage. Thou must live for another, if thou wishest to live for thyself. [ Seneca ]

Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength. He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. [ Ward Beecher ]

In general, we do well to let an opponent's motives alone. We are seldom just to them. Our own motives on such occasions are often worse than those we assail. [ W. E. Channing ]

A man who is not able to make a bow to his own conscience every morning is hardly in a condition to respectfully salute the world at any other time of the day. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

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 ]

Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me. [ S. T. Coleridge ]

It is, in a great measure, by raising up and endowing great minds that God secures the advance of human affairs, and the accomplishment of His own plans on earth. [ Albert Barnes ]

Slander and detraction can have no influence, can make no impression, upon the righteous Judge above. None to thy prejudice, but a sad and fatal one to their own. [ Thomas à Kempis ]

He that taketh his own cares upon himself loads himself in vain with an uneasy burden. I will cast all my cares on God; He hath bidden me; they cannot burden Him. [ Bishop Hall ]

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 ]

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 ]

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. We are bought by the enemy with the treasure in our own coffers. [ Burke ]

The stranger who turneth away from a house with disappointed hopes leaveth there his own offences, and departeth, taking with him all the good actions of the owner. [ Hitopadesa ]

We are too fond of our own will; we want to be doing what we fancy mighty things: but the great point is to do small things, when called to them, in a right spirit. [ Cecil ]

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

Friendship heightens all our affections. We receive all the ardor of our friend in addition to our own. The communication of minds gives to each the fervor of each. [ William Ellery Channing ]

No man's credit can fall so low but that, if he bear his shame as he should do, and profit by it as he ought to do, it is in his own power to redeem his reputation. [ Lord Nottingham ]

Jupiter has laid two wallets on us; he has placed one behind our backs filled with our own faults, and has hung another before, heavy with the faults of other people. [ Phaedr ]

Mothers are more fond of their children than fathers are; for the bringing them forth is more painful, and they have a more certain knowledge that they are their own. [ Aristotle ]

Taught by experience to know my own blindness, shall I speak as if I could not err, and as if others might not in some disputed points be more enlightened than myself? [ Channing ]

The misfortune is that when man has found honey, he enters upon the feast with an appetite so voracious that he usually destroys his own delight by excess and satiety. [ Knox ]

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 ]

If all men would bring their misfortunes together in one place, most would be glad to take his own home again, rather than to take a proportion out of the common stock. [ Solon ]

It is a fact capable of amiable interpretation that ladies are not the worst disposed towards a new acquaintance of their own sex, because she has points of inferiority. [ George Eliot ]

He that is proud eats up himself; pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle: and whatever praises itself but in the deed devours the deed in the praise. [ William Shakespeare ]

It is vain for you to expect, it is impudent for you to ask of God forgiveness on your own behalf, if you refuse to exercise this forgiving temper with respect to others. [ Hoadley ]

Persons are oftentimes misled in regard to their choice of dress by attending to the beauty of colors, rather than selecting such colors as may increase their own beauty. [ Shenstone ]

It is curious how tyrannical the habit of reading is, and what shifts we make to escape thinking. There is no bore we dread being left alone with so much as our own minds. [ Lowell ]

There is no detraction worse than to overpraise a man, for if his worth proves short of what report doth speak of him, his own actions are ever giving the lie to his honor. [ Feltham ]

In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent towards their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it. [ Bovee ]

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. [ President Donald J. Trump, Presidential Inaugeration Speech, Jan 20, 2017 ]

Like an old woman at her hearth, we warm our hands at our sorrows and drop in faggots, and each thinks his own fire a sun in presence of which all other fires should go out. [ J. M. Barrie ]

People who are jealous, or particularly careful of their own rights and dignity, always find enough of those who do not care for either to keep them continually uncomfortable. [ Barnes ]

When men neglect God, they neglect their own safety; they procure their own ruin; they fly from their own happiness; they pursue their own misery, and make haste to be undone. [ J. Mair ]

Many a man who has never been able to manage his own fortune, nor his wife, nor his children, has the stupidity to imagine himself capable of managing the affairs of a nation.

If fathers are sometimes sulky at the appearance of the destined son-in-law, is it not a fact that mothers become sentimental and, as it were, love their own loves over again. [ Thackeray ]

Unwillingness to acknowledge whatever is good in religion foreign to our own has always been a very common trait of human nature; but it seems to me neither generous nor just. [ Mrs. L. M. Child ]

Flattery is an ensnaring quality, and leaves a very dangerous impression. It swells a man's imagination, entertains his vanity, and drives him to a doting upon his own person. [ Jeremy Collier ]

Happy the man who, remote from busy life, is content, like the primitive race of mortals, to plough his paternal lands with his own oxen, freed from all borrowing and lending. [ Horace ]

Her hand, in whose comparison all whites are ink writing their own reproach, to whose soft seizure the cygnet's down is harsh, and spirit of sense hard as the palm of ploughman! [ William Shakespeare ]

Think of living! Thy life, wert thou the pitifullest of all the sons of earth, is no idle dream, but a solemn reality. It is thy own; it is all thou hast to front eternity with. [ Carlyle ]

The domestic man who loves no music so well as his own kitchen clock and the airs which the logs sing to him as they burn on the hearth, has solaces which others never dream of. [ Woodworth ]

Women always show more taste in adorning others than themselves; and the reason is that their persons are like their hearts - they read another's better that they can their own. [ Richter ]

God gives us power to bear all the sorrows of His making; but He does not give us power to bear the sorrows of our own making, which the anticipation of sorrow most assuredly is. [ Alexander Maclaren ]

Light that a man receiveth by counsel from another is drier and purer than that which cometh from his own understanding and judgment, which is ever in his affections and customs. [ Bacon ]

He who indulges his senses in any excesses renders himself obnoxious to his own reason; and, to gratify the brute in him, displeases the man, and sets his two natures at variance. [ Scott ]

Wise men are wise but not prudent, in that they know nothing of what is for their own advantage, but know surpassing things, marvellous things, difficult things, and divine things. [ John Ruskin ]

There is scarce any man who cannot persuade himself of his own merit. Has he commonsense, he prefers it to genius; has he some diminutive virtues, he prefers them to great talents. [ Sewall ]

That same dew, which sometime on the buds was wont to swell, like round and orient pearls, stood now within the pretty flowerets' eyes, like tears that did their own disgrace bewail. [ William Shakespeare ]

Our souls sit close and silently within. And their own web from their own entrails spin; And when eyes meet far off, our sense is such, That, spider-like, we feel the tenderest touch. [ Dryden ]

A nation's character is the sum of its splendid deeds; they constitute one common patrimony, the nation's inheritance. They awe foreign powers; they arouse and animate our own people. [ Henry Clay ]

A great man, I take it, is a man so inspired and permeated with the ideas of God and the Christly spirit as to be too magnanimous for vengeance, and too unselfish to seek his own ends. [ David Thomas ]

A true friend will appear such in leaving us to act according to our intimate conviction, will cherish this nobleness of sentiment, will never wish to substitute his power for our own. [ William Ellery Channing ]

The junk you collect today is the garbage your children have to deal with after you die. Don't burden them with this. They have their own lives to live. Don't make garbage your legacy.

There are very few moments in a man's existence when he experiences so much ludicrous distress, or meets with so little charitable commiseration, as when he is in pursuit of his own hat. [ Dickens ]

He who kindly shows the way to one who has gone astray, acts as though he had lighted another's lamp from his own, which both gives light to the other and continues to shine for himself. [ Cicero ]

It is admirably remarked, by a most excellent writer, that zeal can no more hurry a man to act in direct opposition to itself than a rapid stream can carry a boat against its own current. [ Fielding ]

Happy contractedness of youth, nay, of mankind in general, that they think neither of the high nor the deep, of the true nor the false, but only of what is suited to their own conceptions. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

My own firm conviction is that no education can make a writer. The heart must be hot behind the pen. Out of the abundance of life and its manifold experiences comes the power to touch life. [ Amelia E. Barr, The Art of Authorship, 1891 ]

Many favors which God giveth us, ravel out for want of hemming, through our own unthankfulness, for through prayer purchaseth blessings, giving praise doth keep the quiet possession of them. [ Thomas Fuller ]

No man can force the harp of his own individuality into the people's heart; but every man may play upon the chords of the people's heart, who draws his inspiration from the people's instinct. [ Kossuth ]

As for marigolds, poppies, hollyhocks, and valorous sunflowers, we shall never have a garden without them, both for their own sake and for the sake of old-fashioned folks, who used to love them. [ Beecher ]

A people that studies its own past, and rejoices in the nation's proud memories, is likely to be a patriotic people, the bulwark of law, and the courageous champion of right in the hour of need. [ Joseph Anderson ]

Learn the lesson of your own pain - learn to seek God, not in any single event of past history, but in your own soul - in the constant verifications of experience, in the life of Christian love. [ Mrs. Humphry Ward ]

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

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

We are always more disposed to laugh at nonsense than at genuine wit; because the nonsense is more agreeable to us, being more conformable to our own natures: fools love folly, and wise men wisdom. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

There is nothing of which men are more liberal than their good advice, be their stock of it ever so small; because it seems to carry in it an intimation of their own influence, importance, or worth. [ Young ]

It is hard to mesmerize ourselves, to whip our own top; but through sympathy we are capable of energy and endurance. Concert fires people to a certain fury of performance they can rarely reach alone. [ Emerson ]

When in reading we meet with any maxim that may be of use, we should take it for our own, and make an immediate application of it, as we would of the advice of a friend whom we have purposely consulted. [ Colton ]

He who calls in the aid of an equal understanding doubles his own; and he who profits by a superior understanding raises his powers to a level with the height of the superior understanding he unites with. [ Burke ]

Why destroy present happiness by a distant misery, which may never come at all, or you may never live to see it? For every substantial grief has twenty shadows, and most of them shadows of your own making. [ Sydney Smith ]

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 ]

The greatest chastisement that a man may receive who hath outraged another, is to have done the outrage; and there is no man who is so rudely punished as he that is subject to the whip of his own repentance. [ Seneca ]

The world has always laughed at its own tragedies, that being the only way in which it has been able to bear them; consequently, whatever the world has treated seriously belongs to the comedy side of things. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

It is so possible to be glad in the gladness of other people ; and, too, it is possible so to extend one's own life into higher regions that his happiness shall not be altogether dependent upon other people. [ Lilian Whiting ]

I think sometimes could I only have music on my own terms, could I live in a great city, and know where I could go whenever I wished the ablution and inundation of musical waves, that were a bath and a medicine. [ R. W. Emerson ]

No man is so foolish but he may give another good counsel sometimes, and no man so wise but he may easily err, if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that was taught only by himself had a fool for a master. [ Ben Jonson ]

Remember that it is not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts, but the view we take of these things as insulting. When, therefore, any one provokes you, be assured that it is your own opinion which provokes you. [ Epictetus ]

The amplest knowledge has the largest faith. Ignorance is always incredulous. Tell an English cottager that the belfries of Swedish churches are crimson, and his own white steeple furnishes him with a contradiction. [ Willmott ]

I could write down twenty cases, wherein I wished God had done otherwise than He did; but which I now see, had I had my own will, would have led to extensive mischief. The life of a Christian is a life of paradoxes. [ Cecil ]

The misfortune in the state is that nobody can enjoy life in peace, but that everybody must govern, and in art, that nobody will enjoy what has been produced, but that every one wants to reproduce on his own account. [ Goethe ]

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 ]

The wisest of us must, for by far the most part, judge like the simplest; estimate importance by mere magnitude, and expect that which strongly affects our own generation, will strongly affect those that are to follow. [ Carlyle ]

Art is a severe business; most serious when employed in grand and sacred objects. The artist stands higher than art, higher than the object. He uses art for his purposes, and deals with the object after his own fashion. [ Goethe ]

It is the law of fate that we shall live in part by our own efforts, but in the greater part by the help of others; and that we shall also die in part for our own faults, but in the greater part for the faults of others. [ John Ruskin ]

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 ]

A man may kill a tender and delicate wife by cold neglect, and ruin himself and her too by debauchery; but if he keeps within his own dwellings and does not disturb his neighbors, the law would be slow to move against him. [ A. S. Roe ]

Revenge is fever in our own blood, to be cured only by letting the blood of another; but the remedy too often produces a relapse, which is remorse - a malady far more dreadful than the first disease, because it is incurable. [ Colton ]

Men of the greatest genius are not always the most prodigal of their encomiums. But then it is when their range of power is confined, and they have in fact little perception, except of their own particular kind of excellence. [ Hazlitt ]

Despair is like forward children, who, when you take away one of their playthings, throw the rest into the fire for madness. It grows angry with itself, turns its own executioner, and revenges its misfortunes on its own head. [ Charron ]

If opinion hath lighted the lamp of thy name, endeavor to encourage it with thy own oil, lest it go out and stink; the chronical disease of popularity is shame: if thou be once up, beware: from fame to infamy is a beaten road. [ Quarles ]

Earth has scarcely an acre that does not remind us of actions that have long preceded our own, and its clustering tombstones loom up like reefs of the eternal shore, to show us where so many human barks have struck and gone down. [ Chapin ]

Money never can be well managed if sought solely through the greed of money for its own sake. In all meanness there is a defect of intellect as well as of heart. And even the cleverness of avarice is but the cunning of imbecility. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Every man will have his own criterion in forming his judgment of others. I depend very much on the effect of affliction. I consider how a man comes out of the furnace; gold will lie for a month in the furnace without losing a grain. [ Richard Cecil ]

Genius, with all its pride in its own strength, is but a dependent quality, and cannot put forth its whole powers nor claim all its honors without an amount of aid from the talents and labors of others which it is difficult to calculate. [ Bryant ]

Art is the effort of man to express the ideas which nature suggests to him of a power above nature, whether that power be within the recesses of his own being, or in the Great First Cause of which nature, like himself, is but the effect. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Laissez faire, the "let alone" principle, is, in all things which man has to do with, the principle of death. It is ruin to him, certain and total, if he lets his land alone, if he lets his fellow-men alone, if he lets his own soul alone. [ John Ruskin ]

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 spirit of liberty is not merely, as multitudes imagine, a jealousy of our own particular rights, but a respect for the rights of others, and an unwillingness that any man, whether high or low, should be wronged and trampled under foot. [ W. E. Channing ]

When a child can be brought to tears, not from fear of punishment, but from repentance for his offence, he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from grief at one's own conduct, be sure there is an angel nestling in the bosom. [ Horace Mann ]

Every man stamps his value on himself. The price we challenge for ourselves is given us. There does not live on earth the man, be his station what it may, that I despise myself compared with him. Man is made great or little by his own will. [ Schiller ]

To be left alone in the wide world with scarcely a friend, - this makes the sadness which, striking its pang into the minds of the young and the affectionate, teaches them too soon to watch and interpret the spirit-signs of their own hearts. [ Hawthorne ]

Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period or other, when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other - it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future are not come. [ Colton ]

Perhaps God does with His heavenly garden as we do with our own. He may chiefly stock it from nurseries, and select for transplanting what is yet in its young and tender age - flowers before they have bloomed, and trees ere they begin to bear. [ Rev. Dr. Guthrie ]

To make much of little, to find reasons of interest in common things, to develop a sensibility to mild enjoyments, to inspire the imagination, to throw a charm upon homely and familiar things, will constitute a man master of his own happiness. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

Secrets from other people's wives are a necessary luxury in modern life, but no man should have a secret from his own wife. She invariably finds out. Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

The bee is enclosed, and shines preserved, in a tear of the sisters of Phaeton, so that it seems enshrined in its own nectar. It has obtained a worthy reward for its great toils; we may suppose that the bee itself would have desired such a death. [ Martial ]

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 ]

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 ]

Every man must bear his own burden, and it is a fine thing to see any one trying to do it manfully; carrying his cross bravely, silently, patiently, and in a way which makes you hope that he has taken for his pattern the greatest of all sufferers. [ James Hamilton ]

To be forward to praise others implies either great eminence, that can afford to part with applause; or great quickness of discernment, with confidence in our own judgments; or great sincerity and love of truth, getting the better of our self-love. [ Hazlitt ]

Our opinions are not our own, but in the power of sympathy. If a person tells us a palpable falsehood, we not only dare not contradict him, but we dare hardly disbelieve him to his face. A lie boldly uttered has the effect of truth for the instant. [ Hazlitt ]

Let him speak of his own deeds, and not of those of his forefathers. High birth is mere accident, and not a virtue; for if reason had controlled birth, and given empire only to the worthy, perhaps Arbaces would have been Xerxes, and Xerxes Arbaces. [ Metastasio ]

Biography, especially the biography of the great and good, who have risen by their own exertions from poverty and obscurity to eminence and usefulness, is an inspiring and ennobling study. Its direct tendency is to reproduce the excellence it records. [ Horace Mann ]

Friends are discovered rather than made; there are people who are in their own nature friends, only they do not know each other; but certain things, like poetry, music, and paintings are like the freemasons sign - they reveal the initiated to each other. [ Mrs. Stowe ]

There are certain events which to each man's life are as comets to the earth, seemingly strange and erratic portents; distinct from the ordinary lights which guide our course and mark our seasons, yet true to their own laws, potent in their own influences. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Genius has privileges of its own; it selects an orbit for itself; and be this never so eccentric, if it is indeed a celestial orbit, we mere star-gazers must at last compose ourselves, must cease to cavil at it, and begin to observe it and calculate its laws. [ Carlyle ]

When misfortunes happen to such as dissent from us in matters of religion, we call them judgments; when to those of our own sect, we call them trials: when to persons neither way distinguished, we are content to attribute them to the settled course of things. [ Shenstone ]

There are two kinds of artists in this world; those that work because the spirit is in them, and they cannot be silent if they would, and those that speak from a conscientious desire to make apparent to others the beauty that has awakened their own admiration. [ Anna Katharine Green ]

Beauty in dress, as in other things, is largely relative. To admit this is to admit that a dress which is beautiful upon one woman may be hideous worn by another. Each should understand her own style, accept it, and let the fashion of her dress be built upon it. [ Miss Oakey ]

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 ]

The first wealth is health. Sickness is poor-spirited, and cannot serve any one; it must husband its resources to live. But health or fullness answers its own ends, and has to spare, runs over, and inundates the neighborhoods and creeks of other men's necessities. [ Emerson ]

People travel the world over to visit untouched places of natural beauty, yet modern gardens pay little heed to the simplicity and beauty of these environments... those special places we all must preserve and protect, each in his own way, before they are lost forever. [ Mary Reynolds, 2002 Gold Medal Winner of the Chelsea Flower Show, November 2001 Application Form. Dare to Be Wild movie ]

The man makes the circumstances, and is spiritually as well as economically the artificer of his own fortune, but the man's circumstances are the element he is appointed to live and work in; so that in a no less genuine sense it can be said circumstances make the man. [ Carlyle ]

The tending of flowers has ever appeared to me a fitting care for the young and beautiful; they then dwell, as it were, among their own emblems, and many a voice of wisdom breathes on their ear from those brief blossoms, to which they apportion the dew and the sunbeam. [ Mrs. Sigourney ]

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

Biographies of great, but especially of good men are most instructive and useful as helps, guides, and incentives to others. Some of the best are almost equivalent to gospels, - teaching high living, high thinking, and energetic action, for their own and the world's good. [ Samuel Smiles ]

There is a Russian proverb which says that misfortune is next door to stupidity; and it will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, improvidence, or want of application. [ Samuel Smiles ]

In dreams we are true poets; we create the persons of the drama; we give them appropriate figures, faces, costumes; they are perfect in their organs, attitudes, manners; moreover they speak after their own characters, not ours; and we listen with surprise to what they say. [ Emerson ]

The liberty of a people consists in being governed by laws which they have made themselves, under whatsoever form it may be of government; the liberty of a private man, in being master of his own time and actions, as far as may consist with the laws of God and of his country. [ Cowley ]

If once a woman breaks through the barriers of decency, her case is desperate; and if she goes greater lengths than the men, and leaves the pale of propriety farther behind her, it is because she is aware that all return is prohibited, and by none so strongly as by her own sex. [ Colton ]

Every man must think in his own way; for on his own pathway he always finds a truth, or a measure of truth, which is helpful to him in his life; only he must not follow his own bent without restraint; he must control himself; to follow mere naked instinct does not beseem a man. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Emulation is grief arising from seeing one's self exceeded or excelled by his concurrent, together with hope to equal or exceed him in time to come, by his own ability. But envy is the same grief joined with pleasure conceived in the imagination of some ill-fortune that may befall him. [ Thomas Hobbes ]

Own or Confess? The verb to own means to possess, but it has borrowed the additional and objectionable meaning of to confess, to acknowledge; as, He owned his crime. A man owns a house, but confesses a larceny, or a murder, neither of which offenses is hardly susceptible of ownership. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

No one was ever the better for advice: in general, what we called giving advice was properly taking an occasion to show our own wisdom at another's expense; and to receive advice was little better than tamely to afford another the occasion of raising himself a character from our defects. [ Lord Shaftesbury ]

So long as thou art ignorant, be not ashamed to learn : he that is so fondly modest, not to acknowledge his own defects of knowledge, shall in time, be so foully impudent to justify his own ignorance; ignorance is the greatest of all infirmities, and, justified, the chiefest of all follies. [ Quarks ]

If you lend a person any money, it becomes lost for any purpose as one's own. When you ask for it back again, you may find a friend made an enemy by your kindness. If you begin to press still further either you must part with that which you have intrusted, or else you must lose that friend. [ Plautus ]

In my opinion mothers ought to bring up and suckle their own children; for they bring them up with greater affection and with greater anxiety, as loving them from the heart, and so to speak, every inch of them; but the love of a nurse is spurious and counterfeit, as loving them only for hire. [ Plutarch ]

A man who cannot win fame in his own age will have a very small chance of winning it from posterity. True, there are some half-dozen exceptions to this truth among millions of myriads that attest it; but what man of commonsense would invest any large amount of hope in so unpromising a lottery? [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

The more readily we admit the possibility of our own cherished convictions being mixed with error, the more vital and helpful whatever is right in them will become; and no error is so conclusively fatal as the idea that God will not allow us to err, though He has allowed all other men to do so. [ Ruskin ]

He that abuses his own profession will not patiently bear with any one else who does so. And this is one of our most subtle operations of self-love. For when we abuse our own profession, we tacitly except ourselves; but when another abuses it, we are far from being certain that this is the case. [ Colton ]

Few have borrowed more freely than Gray and Milton; but with a princely prodigality, they have repaid the obscure thoughts of others, with far brighter of their own - like the ocean, which drinks up the muddy water of the rivers from the flood, but replenishes them with the clearest from the shower. [ Colton ]

I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all the mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut. [ Goethe ]

We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner time; keep back the tears, and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, Oh, nothing! Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts, not to hurt others. [ George Eliot ]

Liberty, and not theology, is the enthusiasm of the nineteenth century. The very men who would once have been conspicuous saints are now conspicuous revolutionists, for while their heroism and disinterestedness are their own, the direction which these qualities take is determined by the pressure of the age. [ H. W. Lecky ]

Pity is a sense of our own misfortunes in those of another man; it is a sort of foresight of the disasters which may befall ourselves. We assist others, in order that they may assist us on like occasions; so that the services we offer to the unfortunate are in reality so many anticipated kindnesses to ourselves. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Phaeton was his father's heir; born to attain the highest fortune without earning it; he had built no sun-chariot (could not build the simplest wheel-barrow), but could and would insist on driving one; and so broke his own stiff neck, sent gig and horses spinning through infinite space, and set the universe on fire. [ Carlyle ]

There is nothing more necessary to establish reputation than to suspend the enjoyment of it. He that cannot bear the sense of merit with silence must of necessity destroy it; for fame being the genial mistress of mankind, whoever gives it to himself insults all to whom he relates any circumstance to his own advantage. [ Steele ]

It is frivolous to fix pedantically the date of particular inventions. They have all been invented over and over fifty times, Man is the arch machine, of which all these shifts drawn from himself are toy models. He helps himself on each emergency by copying or duplicating his own structure, just so far as the need is. [ Emerson ]

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

Most people give up before they start because they think it is too hard, there is too much against me here, I can’t do this on my own, I don’t have the resources. I was on the back to work scheme when I applied. I didn’t have resources... It never occurred to me to fail. I always knew it was part of my destiny to do that thing. [ Mary Reynolds, 2002 Gold Medal Winner of the Chelsea Flower Show ]

Art neither belongs to religion, nor to ethics; but, like these, it brings us nearer to the Infinite, one of the forms of which it manifests to us. God is the source of all beauty, as of all truth, of all religion, of all morality. The most exalted object, therefore, of art is to reveal in its own manner the sentiment of the Infinite. [ Victor Cousin ]

Knowledge of books is like that sort of lantern which hides him who carries it, and serves only to pass through secret and gloomy paths of his own; but in the possession of a man of business, it is as a torch in the hand of one who is willing and able to show those who are bewildered, the way which leads to their prosperity and welfare. [ Steele ]

I will not much commend others to themselves, I will not at all commend myself to others. So to praise any to their faces is a kind of flattery, but to praise myself to any is the height of folly. He that boasts his own praises speaks ill of himself, and much derogates from his true deserts. It is worthy of blame to affect commendation. [ Arthur Warwick ]

Quality and title have such allurements that hundreds are ready to give up all their own importance, to cringe. to flatter, to look little, and to pall every pleasure in constraint, merely to be among the great, though without the least hopes of improving their understanding or sharing their generosity. They might be happier among their equals. [ Goldsmith ]

All the poets are indebted more or less to those who have gone before them; even Homer's originality has been questioned, and Virgil owes almost as much to Theocritus, in his Pastorals, as to Homer, in his Heroics; and if our own countryman. Milton, has soared above both Homer and Virgil, it is because he has stolen some feathers from their wings. [ Colton ]

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 ]

In Goethe's drama, Iphigenia defends her chastity, ascribing her firmness to the gods. No god hath said this: thine own heart hath spoken, answered Thoas, the king. They only speak to us through our heart, she replies. Have not I the right to hear them too? he rejoins. Thy storm of passion drowns the gentle whisper, adds the maiden, and closes all debate. [ Bartol ]

Plutarch tells us of an idle and effeminate Etrurian who found fault with the manner in which Themistocles had conducted a recent campaign. What, said the hero in reply, have you, too, something to say about war, who are like the fish that has a sword, but no heart? He is always the severest censor on the merits of others who has the least worth of his own. [ E. L. Magoon ]

People are always talking about originality; but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world begins to work upon us; and this goes on to the end. And after all, what can we call our own, except energy, strength, and will? If I could give an account of all that I owe to great predecessors and contemporaries, there would be but a small balance in my favor. [ Goethe ]

There was a proposition in a township there to discontinue public schools because they were too expensive. An old farmer spoke up and said if they stopped the schools they would not save anything, because every time a school was closed a jail had to be built. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. He'll never get fat. I believe it is better to support schools than jails. [ Mark Twain, "Public Education Association" Speech ]

Take the title of nobility which thou hast received by birth, but endeavor to add to it another, that both may form a true nobility. There is between the nobility of thy father and thine own the same difference which exists between the nourishment of the evening and of the morrow. The food of yesterday will not serve three for today, and will not give thee strength for the next. [ Jamakchari ]

Lord Bacon told Sir Edward Coke when he boasted, The less you speak of your greatness, the more I shall think of it. Mirrors are the accompaniments of dandies, not heroes. The men of history were not perpetually looking in the glass to make sure of their own size. Absorbed in their work they did it, and did it so well that the wondering world saw them to be great, and labeled them accordingly. [ Rev. S. Coley ]

It is like the Greek fire used in ancient warfare, which burnt unquenched beneath the water; or like the weeds which, when you have extirpated them in one place, are sprouting forth vigorously in another spot, at the distance of many hundred yards; or, to use the metaphor of St. James, it is like the wheel which catches fire as it goes, and burns with fiercer conflagration as its own speed increases. [ F. W. Robertson ]

If the eye were so acute as to rival the finest microscope, and to discern the smallest hair upon the leg of a gnat, it would be a curse, and not a blessing to us; it would make all things appear rugged and deformed; the most finely polished crystal would be uneven and rough; the sight of our own selves would affright us; the smoothest skin would be beset all over with rugged scales and bristly hair. [ Bentley ]

There have been many men who left behind them that which hundreds of years have not worn out. The earth has Socrates and Plato to this day. The world is richer yet by Moses and the old prophets than by the wisest statesmen. We are indebted to the past. We stand in the greatness of ages that are gone rather than in that of our own. But of how many of us shall it be said that, being dead, we yet speak? [ Beecher ]

Poetical taste is the only magician whose wand is not broken. No hand, except its own, can dissolve the fabric of beauty in which it dwells. Genii, unknown to Arabian fable, wait at the portal. Whatever is most precious from the loom or the mine of fancy is poured at its feet. Love, purified by contemplation, visits and cheers it; unseen musicians are heard in the dark; it is Psyche in the palace of Cupid. [ Willmott ]

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 ]

Mr. Johnson had never, by his own account, been a close student, and used to advise young people never to be without a book in their pocket, to be read at bye-times, when they had nothing else to do. It has been by that means, said he to a boy at our house one day, that all my knowledge has been gained, except what I have picked up by running about the world with my wits ready to observe, and my tongue ready to talk. [ Mrs. Piozzi ]

I suppose as long as novels last, and authors aim at interesting their public, there must always be in the story a virtuous and gallant hero; a wicked monster, his opposite; and a pretty girl, who finds a champion. Bravery and virtue conquer beauty; and vice, after seeming to triumph through a certain number of pages, is sure to be discomfited in the last volume, when justice overtakes him, and honest folks come by their own. [ Thackeray ]

As monarchs have a right to call in the specie of a state, and raise its value, by their own impression; so are there certain prerogative geniuses, who are above plagiaries, who cannot be said to steal, but, from their improvement of a thought, rather to borrow it, and repay the commonwealth of letters with interest again; and may more properly be said to adopt, than to kidnap a sentiment, by leaving it heir to their own fame. [ Sterne ]

When I gaze into the stars, they look down upon me with pity from their serene and silent spaces, like eyes glistening with tears over the little lot of man. Thousands of generations, all as noisy as our own, have been swallowed up by time, and there remains no record of them any more. Yet Arcturus and Orion, Sirius and Pleiades, are still shining in their courses, clear and young, as when the shepherd first noted them in the plain of Shinar! [ Carlyle ]

When the desire of wealth is taking hold of the heart, let us look round and see how it operates upon those whose industry or fortune has obtained it. When we find them oppressed with their own abundance, luxurious with out pleasure, idle without ease, impatient and querulous in themselves, and despised or hated by the rest of mankind, we shall soon be convinced that if the real wants of our condition are satisfied, there remains little to be sought with solicitude or desired with eagerness. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Over Under. These words have various meanings besides the designation of mere locality, and are often misapplied. The terms under oath, under hand and seal, under arms, under his own signature, etc., are fully established and authorized forms of expression, which do not concern the relative positions of the persons and things indicated, but are idiomatic. Hence, over his own signature, is an unjustifiable phrase, despite the fact that the signature is really at the bottom of the instrument signed. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

Either we have an immortal soul, or we have not. If we have not, we are beasts, - the ifirst and the wisest of beasts, it may be, but still true beasts. We shall only differ in degree and not in kind, - just as the elephant differs from the slug. But by the concession of the materialists of all the schools, or almost all, we are not of the same kind as beasts, and this also we say from our own consciousness. Therefore, methinks, it must be the possession of the soul within us that makes the difference. [ Coleridge ]

No process is so fatal as that which would cast all men in one mould. Every human being is intended to have a character of his own, to be what no other is, to do what no other can do. Our common nature is to be unfolded in unbounded diversities. It is rich enough for infinite manifestations. It is to wear innumerable forms of beauty and glory. Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influences to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach. [ Channing ]

I put myself, my experiences, my observations, my heart and soul into my work. I press my soul upon the white paper. The writer who does this may have any style, he or she will find the hearts of their readers. Writing a book involves, not a waste, but a great expenditure of vital force. Yet I can assure you I have written the last lines of most of my stories with tears. The characters of my own creation had become dear to me. I could not bear to bid them good-bye and send them away from me into the wide world. [ Amelia E. Barr, The Art of Authorship, 1891 ]

When we turn away from some duty or some fellow-creature, saying that our hearts are too sick and sore with some great yearning of our own, we may often sever the line on which a Divine message was coming to us. We shut out the man, and we shut out the angel who had sent him on to open the door . . . There is a plan working in our lives; and if we keep our hearts quiet and our eyes open, it all works together; and, if we don't, it all fights together, and goes on fighting till it comes right, somehow, somewhere. [ Annie Keary ]

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 ]

All things are engaged in writing their history. The planet, the pebble, goes attended by its shadow. The rolling rock leaves its scratches on the mountain; the river, its channel in the soil; the animal, its bones in the stratum; the fern and leaf, their modest epitaph in the coal. The falling drop makes its sculpture in the sand or the stone. Not a foot steps into the snow or along the ground, but prints, in characters more or less lasting, a map of its march. Every act of the man inscribes itself in the memories of its fellows, and in his own manners and face. The air is full of sounds, the sky of tokens, the ground is all memoranda and signatures, and every object covered over with hints which speak to the intelligent. [ Emerson ]

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 ]

This is my seventieth birthday, and I wonder if you all rise to the size of that proposition, realizing all the significance of that phrase, seventieth birthday. The seventieth birthday! It is the time of life when you arrive at a new and awful dignity; when you may throw aside the decent reserves which have oppressed you for a generation and stand unafraid and unabashed upon your seven-terraced summit and look down and teach--unrebuked. You can tell the world how you got there. It is what they all do. You shall never get tired of telling by what delicate arts and deep moralities you climbed up to that great place. You will explain the process and dwell on the particulars with senile rapture. I have been anxious to explain my own system this long time, and now at last I have the right. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

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