From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
Every young sculptor seems to think that he must give the world some specimen of indecorous womanhood, and call it Eve, Venus, a Nymph, or any name that may apologize for a lack of decent clothing.
The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed.
The only sensible ends of literature are, first, the pleasurable toil of writing; second, the gratification of one's family and friends; and lastly, the solid cash.
Labor is the curse of the world, and nobody can meddle with it without becoming proportionately brutified.
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.