Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.
Far too many black men who praise their own mother feel less accounted to the mothers of their own children.
Great deeds give choice of many tales. Choose a slight tale, enrich it large, and then let wise men listen.
Many exceedingly rich men are unhappy, but many middling circumstances are fortunate.
Men there have been who have done the essayist’s part so well as to have earned an immortality in the doing; but we have had not many of them, and they make but a poor figure on our shelves. It is a pity that things should be thus with us, for a good essayist is the pleasantest companion imaginable.