"One of the almost numberless advantages of goodness is, that it blinds its possessor to many of those faults in others which could not fail to be detected by the morally defective. A consciousness of unworthiness renders people extremely quick-sighted in discerning the vices of their neighbors; as person scan easily discover in others the symptoms of those diseases beneath which they themselves have suffered."
"A beautiful woman without fixed principles may be likened to those fair but rootless flowers which float in streams, driven by every breeze."
"A German writer observes: "The noblest characters only show themselves in their real light. All others act comedy with their fellow-men even unto the grave.""
"A woman's head is always influenced by her heart; but a man's heart is always influenced by his head."
"Egoism is in general the malady of the aged? we become occupied with our own existence in proportion as it ceases to be interesting to others."
"Flowers are the bright remembrances of youth; they waft us back, with their bland odorous breath, the joyous hours that only young life knows, ere we have learnt that this fair earth hides graves."
"Love-matches are made by people who are content, for a month of honey, to condemn themselves to a life of vinegar."
"Many minds that have withstood the most severe trials have been broken down by a succession of ignoble cares."
"Mountains appear more lofty the nearer they are approached, but great men resemble them not in this particular."
"Some people are capable of making great sacrifices, but few are capable of concealing how much the effort has cost them."
"The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for errors; and those of the poor and lowly, for crimes."
"There is no knowledge for which so great a price is paid as a knowledge of the world; and no one ever became an adept in it except at the expense of a hardened or a wounded heart."
"Those can most easily dispense with society who are the most calculated to adorn it; they only are dependent on it who possess no mental resources, for though they bring nothing to the general mart, like beggars, they are too poor to stay at home."
"Those who are formed to win general admiration are seldom calculated to bestow individual happiness."
"Thoughts come maimed and plucked of plumage from the lips, which, from the pea, in the silence of your own leisure and study, would be born with far more beauty."
"When the sun shines on you, you see your friends. It requires sunshine to be seen by them to advantage!"