Just as the body goes into shock after a physical trauma, so does the human psyche go into shock after the impact of a major loss.
To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.
All great peoples are conservative.
Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man.
Happy the people whose annals are vacant.
A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.
Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.