Rascals are always sociable, more’s the pity! and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others’ company.
Folks never understand the folks they hate.
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.
As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.
Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.
It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested.
Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination.