Murder, like talent, seems occasionally to run in families.
Books have become our dearest companions, yielding exquisite delights and inspiring lofty aims.
A man may be variously accomplished, and yet be a feeble poet.
Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.
The only cure for grief is action.
The object of Literature is to instruct, to animate, or to amuse.
The superiority of one mind over another depends on the rapidity with which experiences are thus organised.
Books minister to our knowledge, to our guidance, and to our delight, by their truth, their uprightness, and their art.
Sincerity is moral truth.
Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism.