Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.
Most of us are aware of and pretend to detest the barefaced instances of that hypocrisy by which men deceive others, but few of us are upon our guard or see that more fatal hypocrisy by which we deceive and over-reach our own hearts
Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world, though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst, the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
There is no such thing as real happiness in life. The justest definition that was ever given of it was "a tranquil acquiescence under an agreeable delusion"--I forget where.
A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.
Titles of honor are like the impressions on coins, which add no value to gold or silver, but only render brass current
This world surely is wide enough to hold both thee and me.
In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.
I am persuaded that every time a man smiles - but much more so when he laughs - it adds something to this fragment of life