Tradition is an important help to history, but its statements should be carefully scrutinized before we rely on them.
In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.
There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol
When a man becomes familiar with his goddess, she quickly sinks into a woman.
An idol may be undeified by many accidental causes. Marriage, in particular, is a kind of counter apotheosis, as a deification inverted. When a man becomes familiar with his goddess she quickly sinks into a woman.
Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover, Fades in his eye, and palls upon the sense.
Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
It has been said in praise of some men, that they could take whole hours together upon anything; but it must be owned to the honor of the other sex that there are many among them who can talk whole hours together upon nothing. I have known a woman branch out into a long extempore dissertation on the edging of a petticoat, and chide her servant for breaking a china cup, in all the figures of rhetoric.
The statue lies hid in a block of marble; and the art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous matter, and removes the rubbish.
It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us; and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us from without.
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.
I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.