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.
Happy the people whose annals are vacant.
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.
Work alone is noble.
Silence is more eloquent than words.
The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.