The misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.
Reputation is in itself only a farthing-candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
Solitude is as needed to the imagination as society is wholesome to the character.
There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.
In creating, the only hard thing's to begin; A grass-blade's no easier to make than an oak.
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson in statecraft.
Aspiration sees only one side of every question; possession many
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.
Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it Confucius All truth is safe and nothing else is safe, but he who keeps back truth, or withholds it from men, from motives of expediency, is either a coward or a criminal.
They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.
The devil loves nothing better than the intolerance of reformers.
I don't believe in principle, but I do in interest.
Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts