We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier.
No ashes are lighter than those of incense, and few things burn out sooner.
Great men always pay deference to greater.
Consult duty not events.
I strove with none; for none was worth my strife.
Study is the bane of childhood, the oil of youth, the indulgence of adulthood, and a restorative in old age.
Great men lose somewhat of their greatness by being near us; ordinary men gain much.
Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.
The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love.
My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them.