It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.
Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.
The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
Youth is the time to go flashing from one end of the world to the other... to try the manners of different nations; to hear the chimes at midnight; to see the sunrise in town and country; to be converted at a revival; to circumnavigate the metaphysics, write halting verses, run a mile to see a fire, and wait all day long in the theatre to applaud Hernani.
All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.
Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catchwords
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer is to have kept your soul alive.
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.