Time is indeed the theater and seat of illusions; nothing is so ductile and elastic. The mind stretches an hour to a century, and dwarfs an age to an hour.
When the boys come into my yard for leave to gather horse-chestnuts, I own I enter into nature's game, and affect to grant the permission reluctantly, fearing that any moment they will find out the imposture of that showy chaff. But this tenderness is quite unnecessary; the enchantments are laid on very thick. Their young life is thatched with them. Bare and grim to tears is the lot of the children in the hovel I saw yesterday; yet not the less they hang it round with frippery romance, like the children of the happiest fortune.
What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
The only true gift is a portion of yourself.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.
To laugh often and love much... to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one's self... this is to have succeeded.
Love and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as much as two sides of an algebraic equation.
Every ship is a romantic object, except that we sail in.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail
Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives
Keep cool: it will be all one a hundred years hence.
Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.
Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.
What torments of grief you endured, from evils that never arrived.
Some of your hurts you have cured, And the sharpest you still have survived, But what torments of grief you endured From the evil which never arrived.