We talk on principle, but we act on interest
Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven.
Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature. Never is life so low or so little as when occupied with the present.
What is reading, but silent conversation.
Study is the bane of childhood, the oil of youth, the indulgence of adulthood, and a restorative in old age
Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend
A solitude is the audience-chamber of God.
Delay in justice is injustice.
Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.
Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!
Literature is the effort of man to indemnify himself for the wrongs of his condition.
Familiarities are the aphides that imperceptibly suck out the juice intended for the germ of love.
A man's vanity tells him what is honor, a man's conscience what is justice
How sweet and sacred idleness is!
The habitude of pleasing by flattery makes a language soft; the fear of offending by truth makes it circuitous and conventional