Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
Many a man renounces morals, but with great difficulty the conception, ‘morality.’ Morality is the ‘idea’ of morals, their intellectual power, their power over the conscience; on the other hand, morals are too material to rule the mind, and do not fetter an ‘intellectual’ man, a so-called independent, a ‘freethinker.’
He who must expend his life to prolong life cannot enjoy it, and he who is still seeking for his life does not have it and can as little enjoy it.
Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive, half wishing they were dead to save the shame. The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow; They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats, and flare up bodily, wings and all. What then? Who’s sorry for a gnat or girl?
First time he kissed me, he but only kissed The fingers of this hand wherewith I write; And, ever since, it grew more clean and white.
Smiles, tears, of all my life! – and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.
Slavery can only be abolished by raising the character of the people who compose the nation; and that can be done only by showing them a higher one.
All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
We may draw good out of evil; we must not do evil, that good may come.