We should always keep a corner of our heads open and free, that we may make room for the opinions of our friends. Let us have heart and head hospitality.
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.
Imagination is the eye of the soul.
You arrive at truth through poetry; I arrive at poetry through truth.
All gardeners live in beautiful places, because they make them so.
In bringing up a child, think of its old age.
Order is to arrangement what the soul is to the body, and what mind is to matter.
We may convince others by our arguments, but we can only persuade them by their own.
Avoid singularity.—There may often be less vanity in following the new modes, than in adhering to the old ones.—It is true that the foolish invent them, but the wise may conform to, instead of contradicting them.
In literature, today, there are plenty of good masons but few good architects.
Success serves men as a pedestal; it makes them look larger, if reflection does not measure them.
Eyes raised toward heaven are always beautiful, whatever they may be.
Tenderness is the rest of passion.
Never cut what you can untie.
Superstition is the only religion of which base souls are capable.
The true character of epistolary style is playfulness and urbanity.
History needs distance, perspective. Facts and events which are too well attested cease, in some sort, to be malleable.
All luxury corrupts either the morals or the taste.
I would fain coin wisdom,—mould it, I mean, into maxims, proverbs, sentences, that can easily be retained and transmitted.
Illusion and wisdom combined are the charm of life and art.
Haughty people seem to me to have, like the dwarfs, the statures of a child and the face of a man.
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