A mere scholar, who knows nothing but books must be
ignorant even of them.
A person who does not tell lies, will not to believe that
others tell them. From old habit, he can not break the
connection between words and things.
All that is worth remembering of life is the poetry of it.
Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have
had it long ago.
If we wish to know the force of human genius, we
should read Shakespeare, if we wish to see the
insignificance of human learning, we must study his
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is
the only animal that is struck with the difference
between what things are, and what they ought to be.
Men of talent are men for occasions.
Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a confession
of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues
himself is justly undervalued by others.
Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
Principle is a passion for truth.
Silence is one great art of conversation.
Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound
The fear of punishment may be necessary to
suppression of vice, but it also suspends the finer
motives to virtue.
The greatest offence against virtue is to speak ill of it.