I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.
Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us.
If you are cast in a different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it.
Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.
I feel monotony and death to be almost the same.
Conventionality is not morality.
A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
Better to be without logic than without feeling.
Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow firm there, firm as weeds among stones.
I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
I don't call you handsome, sir, though I love you most dearly: far too dearly to flatter you. Don't flatter me.
It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility; they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
Give him enough rope and he will hang himself.
True enthusiasm is a fine feeling whose flash I admire where-ever I see it.
Look twice before you leap.
Let your performance do the thinking.
Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.
There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.
The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed.
The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter - often an unconscious, but still a truthful interpreter - in the eye.