Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
If reason is a universal faculty, the decision of the common mind is the nearest criterion of truth.
Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.
The public is wiser than the wisest critic.
The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.
Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself, were it possible.
Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.
The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.