In love we often doubt what we most believe.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.
Pictures must not be too picturesque.
Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
Christmas makes everything twice as sad.
Old age: I fall asleep during the funerals of my friends.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.
The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances.
Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.
I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.
Earth laughs in flowers.
Nothing external to you has any power over you.
The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.
The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
There is a blessed necessity by which the interest of men is always driving them to the right; and, again, making all crime mean and ugly.
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.