We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.
Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
The only ugliness is that of the heart, seen through the face. And though beauty be obvious, the only loveliness is invisible.
Prayer draws us near to our own souls.
But it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities
If I have done the hardest possible day's work, and then come to sit down in a corner and eat my supper comfortably --why, then I don't think I deserve any reward for my hard day's work --for am I not now at peace? Is not my supper good?
Meditation and water are wedded for ever.
A virtuous expediency, then, seems the highest desirable or attainable earthly excellence for the mass of men, and is the only earthly excellence that their Creator intended for them.
Human madness is oftentimes a cunning and most feline thing. When you think it fled, it may have but become transfigured into still subtler form.
Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness
Life's a voyage that's homeward bound.
The wonderful scope and variety of female loveliness, if too long suffered to sway us without decision, shall finally confound all power of selection. The confirmed bachelor is, in America, at least, quite as often the victim of a too profound appreciation of the infinite charmingness of woman, as made solitary for life by the legitimate empire of a cold and tasteless temperament.
He says NO! in thunder; but the Devil himself cannot make him say yes.
The beauty myth moves for men as a mirage; its power lies in its ever-receding nature. When the gap is closed, the lover embraces only his own disillusion.