"A man's vanity tells him what is honor, a man's conscience what is justice."
"A solitude is the audience-chamber of God."
"Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!"
"Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked."
"An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof."
"Be always displeased at what thou art, if thou desire to attain to what thou art not; for where thou hast pleased thyself, there thou abidest."
"Consult duty not events."
"Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature. Never is life so low or so little as when occupied with the present."
"Great men always pay deference to greater."
"Heat and animosity, contest and conflict, may sharpen the wits, although they rarely do; they never strengthen the understanding, clear the perspicacity, guide the judgment, or improve the heart."
"I strove with none; for none was worth my strife."
"I warmed both hands before the fire of life; It sinks, and I am ready to depart."
"In argument, truth always prevails finally; in politics, falsehood always."
"Many laws as certainly make bad men, as bad men make many laws."
"Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose their direction and begin to bend."
"Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven."
"My thoughts are my company; I can bring them together, select them, detain them, dismiss them."
"No thoroughly occupied person was ever found really miserable."
"O what a thing is age! Death without death's quiet."
"People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend."
"Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose."
"The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love."
"The wise become as the unwise in the enchanted chambers of Power, whose lamps make every face the same colour."
"The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander."
"There is nothing on earth divine except humanity."
"We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier."
"We cannot be contented because we are happy, and we cannot be happy because we are contented."
"We talk on principal, but act on motivation."
"We think that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love."
"Wrong is but falsehood put in practice."