No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.
Obedience is our universal duty and destiny; wherein whoso will not bend must break; too early and too thoroughly we cannot be trained to know that "would," in this world of ours, is a mere zero to "should," and for most part as the smallest of fractions even to "shall."
A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.
History is the distillation of rumour.
The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.
History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
History is a great dust heap.
Thought is the parent of the deed.
Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule.
Violence does even justice unjustly.
Every noble work is at first impossible.
Work is the grand cure for all maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind - honest work, which you intend getting done
For suffering and enduring there is no remedy, but striving and doing.
"In idleness there is a perpetual despair"