Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.
The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.
Great things are done when men and mountains meet; this is not done by jostling in the street.
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
For Mercy has a human heart
Pity, a human face:
And Love, the human form divine,
And Peace, the human dress.
Then every man of every clime,
That prays in his distress,
Prays to the human form divine
Love Mercy Pity Peace.
Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.
Both read the Bible day and night, but thou read black where I read white.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.
The child’s toys and the old man’s reasons are the fruits of two seasons.
Some say that happiness is not good for mortals, and they ought to be answered that sorrow is not fit for immortals and is utterly useless to any one; a blight never does good to a tree, and if a blight kill not a tree but it still bear fruit, let none say that the fruit was in consequence of the blight.
Topics: Sadness, Sorrow
Nothing can be more contemptible than to suppose Public Records to be true.
Does a firm persuasion that a thing is so, make it so? He replied, “All poets believe it does. And in ages of imagination, this firm persuasion removes mountains; but many are not capable of firm persuasion of anything”.
What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!
The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.
Everything that lives, lives not alone, nor for itself.
The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar’s laurel crown.
Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser’s passion, not the thief s.
Topics: Criminals, Crime
My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt; helpless, naked, piping loud, like a fiend hid in a cloud.
I rest not from my great task!
To open the Eternal Worlds,
to open the immortal Eyes of Man
Inwards into the Worlds of Thought;
Into eternity, ever expanding
In the Bosom of God,
The Human Imagination
Topics: Great, God, War, Rest
To me this world is all one continued vision of fancy or imagination, and I feel flattered when I am told so. What is it sets Homer, Virgil and Milton in so high a rank of art? Why is the Bible more entertaining and instructive than any other book? Is it not because they are addressed to the imagination, which is spiritual sensation, and but immediately to the understanding or reason?
Gratitude is heaven itself.
For everything exists and not one sigh nor smile nor tear, one hair nor particle of dust, not one can pass away.
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is: infinite.
For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
Since all the riches of this world
May be gifts from the Devil and earthly kings,
I should suspect that I worshipp’d the Devil
If I thank’d my God for worldly things.
The Goddess Fortune is the devil’s servant, ready to kiss any one’s ass.
Men are admitted into Heaven not because they have curbed and governed their passions or have no passions, but because they have cultivated their understandings. The treasures of Heaven are not negations of passion, but realities of intellect, from which all the passions emanate uncurbed in their eternal glory. The fool shall not enter into Heaven let him be ever so holy.
Topics: Heaven, Understanding
What is now proved was only once imagined.
Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.
The inquiry in England is not whether a man has talents and genius, but whether he is passive and polite and a virtuous ass and obedient to noblemen’s opinions in art and science. If he is, he is a good man. If not, he must be starved.
Topics: Respectability, Respect
I am really sorry to see my countrymen trouble themselves about politics. If men were wise, the most arbitrary princes could not hurt them. If they are not wise, the freest government is compelled to be a tyranny. Princes appear to me to be fools. Houses of Commons and Houses of Lords appear to me to be fools; they seem to me to be something else besides human life.
Topics: Politics, Politicians
The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
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