Form your life humanly, and you have done enough: but you will never reach the height of art and the depth of science without something divine.
How many authors are there among writers? Author means originator.
General principles… are to the facts as the root and sap of a tree are to its leaves.
How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them.
No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure.
Wit is an explosion of the compound spirit.
People of humor are always in some degree people of genius.
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
Until you understand a writer’s ignorance, presume yourself ignorant of his understanding.