If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil.
There is a religion in all deep love, but the love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.
Blest hour! It was a luxury--to be!
No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
To most men, experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
Summer has set in with its usual severity.
As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean.
Guilt is a timorous thing ere perpetration; despair alone makes guilty men be bold.
That gracious thing, made up of tears and light. ††
The religion of the Jews is, indeed, a light; but it is as the light of the glow-worm, which gives no heat, and illumines nothing but itself
Friendship is a sheltering tree.
Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.
A man of maxims only, is like a cyclops with one eye, and that in the back of his head.