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.
Nothing external to you has any power over you.
Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time.
We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.
We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more.
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.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work.
The first wealth is health.
I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
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.
Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.
Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.
The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.