General principles… are to the facts as the root and sap of a tree are to its leaves.
How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them.
No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure.
People of humor are always in some degree people of genius.
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
Until you understand a writer’s ignorance, presume yourself ignorant of his understanding.
All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.
Good and bad men are less than they seem.
A man’s as old as he’s feeling. A woman as old as she looks.