Friendship is a sheltering tree.
What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.
A man may devote himself to death and destruction to save a nation; but no nation will devote itself to death and destruction to save mankind.
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.
Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.
He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.
Poetry: the best words in the best order.
Talk of the devil, and his horns appear.
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; - poetry = the best words in the best order.
The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.
And though thou notest from thy safe recess old friends burn dim, like lamps in noisome air love them for what they are; nor love them less, because to thee they are not what they were.
Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar, in point of style.
Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.
A man's desire is for the woman, but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.
How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them.
Advice is like snow - the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.
No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
A man's as old as he's feeling. A woman as old as she looks.
No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.
Our own heart, and not other men's opinions form our true honor.
If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake - Aye, what then?
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle, without being at all acute; hence there is so much humour and so little wit in their literature.
The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.
To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth.
I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.
I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children, and what an inhuman world without the aged.