He that lacks time to mourn, lacks time to mend. Eternity mourns that. 'T is an ill cure For life's worst ills, to have no time to feel them. Where sorrow 's held intrusive and turned out, There wisdom will not enter, nor true power, Nor aught that dignifies humanity.
He who gives what he would as readily throw away gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.
In the world a man will often be reputed to be a man of sense, only because he is not a man of talent.
No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren.
Of all the uses of adversity which are sweet, none are sweeter than those which grow out of disappointed love.
Prodigality is indeed the vice of a weak nature, as avarice is of a strong one; it comes of a weak craving for those blandishments of the world which are easily to be had for money. Sir Henry Taylor
Shy and proud men; are more liable than any others to fall into the hands of parasites and creatures of low character; For in the intimacies which are formed by shy men, they do not choose, but are chosen… any others to fall into the hands of parasites and creatures of low character.
Shy and unready men are great betrayers of secrets, for there are few wants more urgent for the moment than the want of something to say.
Such souls, whose sudden visitations daze the world, vanish like lightning, but they leave behind a voice that in the distance far away wakens the slumbering ages.
The hope, and not the fact, of advancement, is the spur to industry.
The philosophy which affects to teach us a contempt of money does not run very deep.
The world knows nothing of its greatest men.
There is no such test of a man's superiority of character as in the well-conducting of an unavoidable quarrel.
We figure to ourselves the thing we like, and then we build it up as chance will have it, on the rock or sand: for thought is tired of wandering o'er the world, and homebound fancy runs her bark ashore.
When you give, take to yourself no credit for generosity, unless you deny yourself something in order that you may give.
Where there are large powers with little ambition ... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
Conscience is, in most men, an anticipation of the opinion of others.