Royalty is a government in which the attention of the nation is concentrated on one person doing interesting actions.
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.
The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.
No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.
A slight daily unconscious LUXURY is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.
A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.
We must not let daylight in upon the magic.
All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.
No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.
In every particular state of the world, those nations which are strongest tend to prevail over the others; and in certain marked peculiarities the strongest tend to be the best.
The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other.
Business is really more agreeable than pleasure: it interests the whole mind . . . but it does not look as if it did.
No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation