Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.
Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.
Fame is something that must be won. Honor is something that must not be lost.
Want and boredom are indeed the twin poles of human life.
Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom
Compassion is the basis of all morality.
With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.
Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.
Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the poet said "erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.
Every parting gives a foretaste of death; every coming together again a foretaste of the resurrection.
No one can transcend their own individuality.
It's the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards.
As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value to you than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.
It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter--an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.