Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.
One life; a little gleam of time between two eternities; no second chance to us for evermore!
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better.
Silence is more eloquent than words.
All great people are conservative.
A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things.
The great law of culture is: Let each become all that he was created capable of being.
Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity.
Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the Devil; for which reason I have, long since, as good as renounced it.
When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead therefore we must learn both arts.
Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope.
History, a distillation of rumour.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
The true past departs not, no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die; but all is still here, and, recognized or not, lives and works through endless change.
Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith.
The highest ensign that men ever met and embraced under, the Cross itself, had no meaning save an accidental extrinsic one.
In idleness there is a perpetual despair.
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.
No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offense.
When new turns of behavior cease to appear in the life of the individual, its behavior ceases to be intelligent.
Skepticism means, not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
The glory of a workman, still more of a master-workman, that he does his work well, ought to be his most precious possession; like the honor of a soldier, dearer to him than life
Habit is the deepest law of human nature.
Friendship, in the old heroic sense of that term, no longer exists. It is in reality no longer expected or recognized as a virtue among men.
If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.
The eye sees what it brings the power to see.
Nothing that was worthy in the past departs no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.
The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.
Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.
Work is the grand cure for all maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind - honest work, which you intend getting done
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.