I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.
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.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Nothing external to you has any power over you.
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.
Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.
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.
The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time.
Love has reasons which reason cannot understand.
Earth laughs in flowers.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.
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.
Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
Pictures must not be too picturesque.
Christmas makes everything twice as sad.
Old age: I fall asleep during the funerals of my friends.