Man is physically as well as metaphysically a thing of shreds and patches, borrowed unequally from good and bad ancestors, and a misfit from the start.
Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.
A good intention clothes itself with power.
You cannot see the mountain near.
Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
There is a kind of latent omniscience not only in every man, but in every particle. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
It is very hard to be simple enough to be good.
There is no calamity that right words will not begin to redress.
So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains.
Men lose their tempers in defending their taste.
The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility rests on possession and use of land.
That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.
We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend, so we buy ice cream.