The happiest people I have known in this world have been the Saints—and, after these, the men and women who get immediate and conscious enjoyment from little things.
Persons extremely reserved and diffident are like the old enamelled watches, which had painted covers that hindered you from seeing what time it was.
The contempt of money is no more a virtue than to wash one’s hand is one; but one does not willingly shake hands with a man that never washes his.
It is difficult to divest one’s self of vanity; because impossible to divest one’s self of self-love.
One’s mind suffers only when one is young and while one is ignorant of the world. When one has lived for some time, one learns that the young think too little and the old too much, and one grows careless about both.
Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school.
I am persuaded that foolish writers and foolish readers are created for each other; and that fortune provides readers as she does mates for ugly women.
Letters to absence can a voice impart,
And lend a tongue when distance gags the heart.
Old friends are the great blessings of one’s later years. Half a word conveys one’s meaning. They have a memory of the same events, have the same mode of thinking. I have young relations that may grow upon me, for my nature is affectionate, but can they grow [To Be] old friends?
Topics: Friends and Friendship, Friendship, Events
Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I’d place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.
The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one’s relationship has a glowing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing, it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of Divine accident.
Topics: Love, Beauty
Much of reputation depends on the period in which it rises.—In dark periods, when talents appear, they shine like the sun through a small hole in the window-shutter, and the strong beam dazzles amid the surrounding gloom.—open the shutter, and the general diffusion of light attracts no notice.
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