There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.
It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
Suicide sometimes proceeds from cowardice, but not always; for cowardice sometimes prevents it; since as many live because they are afraid to die, as die because they are afraid to live
Genius, in one respect, is like gold; numbers of persons are constantly writing about both, who have neither.
Ignorance is a blank sheet, on which we may write; but error is a scribbled one, on which we must first erase
He that places himself neither higher nor lower than he ought to do exercises the truest humility.
In America every woman has her set of girl-friends; some are cousins, the rest are gained at school. These form a permanent committee who sit on each other's affairs, who 'come out' together, marry and divorce together, and who end as those groups of bustling, heartless well-informed club-women who govern society. Against them the Couple of Ehepaar is helpless and Man in their eyes but a biological interlude
As no roads are so rough as those that have just been mended, so no sinners are so intolerant as those that have just turned saints.
Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.
The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.
Hope is a prodigal young heir, and experience is his banker.