Men cannot not live by exchanging articles, but producing them. They live by work not trade.
Nearly all the powerful people of this age are unbelievers, the best of them in doubt and misery, the most in plodding hesitation, doing as well as they can, what practical work lies at hand.
Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.
There is a care for trifles which proceeds from love of conscience, and is most holy; and a care for trifles which comes of idleness and frivolity, and is most base.
The sculptor must paint with his chisel; half his touches are not to realize, but to put power into, the form. They are touches of light and shadow, and raise a ridge, or sink a hollow, not to represent an actual ridge or hollow, but to get a line of light, or a spot of darkness.
An infinitude of tenderness is the chief gift and inheritance of all truly great men.
Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride.
Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for example.
Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.
Curiosity is a gift, a capacity of pleasure in knowing, which if you destroy, you make yourself cold and dull.
To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
Obedience is, indeed, founded on a kind of freedom, else it would become mere subjugation, but that freedom is only granted that obedience may be more perfect; and thus while a measure of license is necessary to exhibit the individual energies of things, the fairness and pleasantness and perfection of them all consist in their restraint.
Of all the things that oppress me, this sense of the evil working of nature herself - my disgust at her barbarity - clumsiness - darkness - bitter mockery of herself - is the most desolating.
The secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full charm is possible only to the gentle.
Poetry is the suggestion, by the imagination, of noble grounds for the noble emotions