Mind unemployed is mind un-enjoyed.
False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.
Partial culture runs to the ornate; extreme culture to simplicity.
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
Care, admitted as guest, quickly turns to be master.
The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.
It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.
In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.
As many suffer from too much as too little. A fat body makes a lean mind.
Poverty is only contemptible when it is felt to be so. Doubtless the best way to make our poverty respectable is to seem never to feel it as an evil.
Hunting is a relic of the barbarous spirit that thirsted formerly for human blood, but is now content with the blood of birds and animals.
Words of praise, indeed, are almost as necessary to warm a child into a genial life as acts of kindness and affection. Judicious praise is to children what the sun is to flowers.
Dignity of position adds to dignity of character, as well as to dignity of carriage. Give us a proud position, and we are impelled to act up to it.
The worst deluded are the self-deluded.