The mass never comes up to the standard of its best member, but on the contrary degrades itself to a level with the lowest.
I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
What is a country without rabbits and partridges? They are among the most simple and indigenous animal products; ancient and venerable families known to antiquity as to modern times; of the very hue and substance of Nature, nearest allied to leaves and to the ground.
That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as another s. We see so much only as we possess.
A thoroughbred business man cannot enter heartily upon the business of life without first looking into his accounts.
Between whom there is hearty truth, there is love.
Nations! What are nations? Tartars! and Huns! and Chinamen! Like insects they swarm. The historian strives in vain to make them memorable. It is for want of a man that there are so many men. It is individuals that populate the world.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
I believe that what so saddens the reformer is not his sympathy with his fellows in distress, but, though he be the holiest son of God, is his private ail. Let this be righted, let the spring come to him, the morning rise over his couch, and he will forsake his generous companions without apology.
The law will never make men free, it is men that have to make the law free.
Men have become the tools of their tools.
He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.
We were born to succeed, not to fail.
Things do not change, we do.
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.