What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy than by the agreeable passions.
It’s the steady, quiet, plodding ones who win in the lifelong race.
Well, I love fishing. I wouldn’t kill a fly myself but I’ve no hesitation in killing a fish. A lot of men are like that. No bother. Out you come. Thump. And that’s not the only reason.
If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.
The world is not so much in need of new thoughts as that when thought grows old and worn with usage it should, like current coin, be called in, and, from the mint of genius, reissued fresh and new.
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
A poem can have an impact, but you can’t expect an audience to understand all the nuances.
And in a way, that’s been a help to me, because I take great passions for a particular poet – sometimes it lasts for many years, sometimes only for a while. This happens to everybody.