Praise follows truth afar off, and only overtakes her at the grave; plausibility clings to her skirts and holds her back till then
It is singular how impatient men are with overpraise of others, how patient of overpraise of themselves; and yet the one does them no injury, while the other may be their ruin.
A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.
He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson of statecraft.
A weed is no more than a flower in disguise, Which is seen through at once, if love give a man eyes.
Light is the symbol of truth.
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates
Endurance is the crowning quality…
It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further.
A stray hair, by its continued irritation, may give more annoyance than a smart blow.
Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is
Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men's souls
He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson in statecraft
True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.