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.
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
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.
Habit is the deepest law of human nature.
If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.
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.