You will only offend men by praise which suggest the limits of their worth.
Nature and revelation are alike God's books; each may have mysteries, but in each there are plain practical lessons for everyday duty.
But as the power of Hellas grew, and the acquisition of wealth became more an objective, the revenues of the states increasing, tyrannies were established almost everywhere.
Between levity and cheerfulness there is a wide distinction; and the mind which is most open to levity is frequently a stranger to cheerfulness. It has been remarked that transports of intemperate mirth are often no more than flashes from the dark cloud; and that in proportion to the violence of the effulgence is the succeeding gloom. Levity may be the forced production of folly or vice; cheerfulness is the natural offspring of wisdom and virtue only. The one is an occasional agitation; the other a permanent habit. The one degrades the character; the other is perfectly consistent with the dignity of reason, and the steady and manly spirit of religion. To aim at a constant succession of high and vivid sensations of pleasure is an idea of happiness perfectly chimerical. Calm and temperate enjoyment is the utmost that is allotted to man. Beyond this we struggle in vain to raise our state; and in fact depress our joys by endeavoring to heighten them. Instead of those fallacious hopes of perpetual festivity with which the world would allure us, religion confers upon us a cheerful tranquillity. Instead of dazzling us with meteors of joy which sparkle and expire, it sheds around us a calm and steady light, more solid, more equal, and more lasting.
Study with desire is real activity; without desire it is but the semblance and mockery of activity.
As men of sense and genius say much in few words, so on the other hand the weak and foolish speak much and say little.
The vivacity which augments with years is not far from folly.
The real dirt is inside us. The rest is simply washed away. There is only one dirt that can not be removed with clean water, and it is the stain of hatred and fanaticism infected soul. You can cleanse with abstinence and post body, but his heart is purified only by love.
If you can plant yourself in stillness long enough, you will, in time, experience the truth that everything (both uncomfortable and lovely) does eventually pass.
We must flaw friends just and noble anger to the right of their friends from harm and injustice.