He does not seem intelligent enough to be crazy.
The secret consciousness of duty well performed; the public voice of praise that honors virtue, and rewards it; all these are yours.
I like life. It's something to do. Somewhere on this globe every 10 seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped.
A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.
Cautious age suspects the flattering form, and only credits what experience tells.
I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.
No one is much pleased with a companion who does not increase, in some respect, their fondness for themselves.
Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.
I went out to Charing Cross to see Major General Harrison hanged, drawn, and quartered; which was done there, he looking as cheerful as any man could in that condition.
Strange to say what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition.
Thanks be to God. Since my leaving the drinking of wine, I do find myself much better, and do mind my business better, and do spend less money, and less time lost in idle company.
Thus ends this year ... It is true we have gone through great melancholy because of the great plague, and I put to great charges by it, by keeping my family long at Woolwich, and myself and another part of my family, my clerks, at my charge at Greenwich ... But now the plague is abated almost to nothing ... But many of such as I know very well, dead. Yet to our great joy, the town fills apace, and shops begin to open again. Pray God continue the plague's decrease - for that keeps the Court away from the place of business, and so all goes to wrack as to public matters, they at this distance not thinking of it.
A beautiful woman must expect to be more accountable for her steps, than one less attractive.
A man may keep a woman, but not his estate.
Men will bear many things from a kept mistress, which they would not bear from a wife.
Sons ought to render service to their father exactly to this extent. One should obey the command of his father or spiritual master with due deference, saying, Yes, sir.
No matter what happened afterward, nothing would take those moments away from me; nothing has taken them away; they shine in my past with a brilliance that has never been tarnished. [About Liberation Day]
To abstain from politics is in itself a political attitude.
Far away on the path we saw Sir Henry looking back, his face white in the moonlight, his hands raised in horror, glaring helplessly at the frightful thing which was hunting him down. But that cry of pain from the hound had blown all our fears to the winds. If he was vulnerable he was mortal, and if we could wound him we could kill him. Never have I seen a man run as Holmes ran that night.
Nature is the true revelation of the Deity to man. The nearest green field is the inspired page from which you may read all that it is needful for you to know.