A man’s desire is for the woman, but the woman’s desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.
What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
Friendship is a sheltering tree.
Brute animals have the vowel sounds; man only can utter consonants.
Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.
Poetry: the best words in the best order.
Not one man in a thousand has the strength of mind or the goodness of heart to be an atheist.
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
Our own heart, and not other men’s opinions form our true honor.
Swans sing before they die – ’twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.