A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.
The more we do, the more we can do.
The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.
Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.
Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy.
Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.
I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
Reflection makes men cowards.
Zeal will do more than knowledge.
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
There is no one thoroughly despicable. We cannot descend much lower than an idiot; and an idiot has some advantages over a wise man.
Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals. And have no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors.
Rules and models destroy genius and art.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!
Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone - but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming.
Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust; hatred alone is immortal.
No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.