What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.
Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can.
Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one’s soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.
The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done.