It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.
Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.
A man’s felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
For, if a good speaker, never so eloquent, does not see into the fact, and is not speaking the truth of that – is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?
The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.
I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.
The spiritual is the parent of the practical.
A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune’s inequality exhibits under this sun.