Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.
It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.
Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
If people would dare to speak to one another unreservedly, there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence.
An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.
A man’s felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
For, if a good speaker, never so eloquent, does not see into the fact, and is not speaking the truth of that – is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?