A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.
The difference between one man and another is not mere ability it is energy.
To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
All great peoples are conservative.
Rather than have it the principal thing in my son’s mind, I would gladly have him think that the sun went round the earth, and that the stars were so many spangles set in the bright blue firmament.
Happy the people whose annals are vacant.
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.