I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
To have in general but little feeling, seems to be the only security against feeling too much on any particular occasion.
The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
Hobbies are apt to run away with us, you know; it doesn't do to be run away with. We must keep the reins.
The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.
Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?
We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.
There are many victories worse than a defeat.
The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.
I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.
Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.
He was like the cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.
Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
I like not only to be loved, but to be told I am loved.
Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.
The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.
Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.