I never had a mother. I suppose a mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.
If you wish to make a man look noble, your best course is to kill him. What superiority he may have inherited from his race, what superiority nature may have personally gifted him with, comes out in death.
We receive the truths of science by compulsion. Nothing but ignorance is able to resist them.
It is not my wish to lounge about the college and fatten on a fellowship all my days. I am always trying to look upon a college life as a medium not an end.
Let one persuade many, and he becomes confirmed and convinced, and cares for no better evidence.
I might show facts as plain as day: but, since your eyes are blind, you’d say, ‘Where? What?’ and turn away.
Trees are your best antiques.
I am growing handsome very fast indeed! I expect I shall be the belle of Amherst when I reach my 17th year. I don’t doubt that I shall have perfect crowds of admirers at that age. Then how I shall delight to make them await my bidding, and with what delight shall I witness their suspense while I make my final decision.
To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.