The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you, keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue, influence, but by your own consent.
He is to be educated because he is a man, and not because he is to make shoes, nails, and pins.
Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it.
Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.
It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge which determines the mind's dignity.
Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.
No evil is intolerable but a guilty conscience.
A man might pass for insane who should see things as they are.
Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aid them to judge for themselves.
Immortality is the glorious discovery of Christianity.
To be prosperous is not to be superior, and should form no barrier between men. Wealth out not to secure the prosperous the slightest consideration. The only distinctions which should be recognized are those of the soul, of strong principle, of incorruptible integrity, of usefulness, of cultivated intellect, of fidelity in seeking the truth.
No one should part with their individuality and become that of another.