Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.
The Republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature, a type nowhere at present existing.
My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the decent obscurity of a learned language.
Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.
People are beginning to see that the first requisite to success in life is to be a good animal.
Let us read with method, and propose to ourselves an end to which our studies may point. The use of reading is to aid us in thinking.
Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.
The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.