Anger is a short madness.
It was easier to conquer it than to know what to do with it.
Life is comedy to him who thinks and tragedy to him who feels.
The Methodists love your big sinners, as proper subjects to work upon.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't.
A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
The curse of modern times is, that almost everything does create controversy.
Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.
Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.
How well Shakespeare knew how to improve and exalt little circumstances, when he borrowed them from circumstantial or vulgar historians.
I do not dislike the French from the vulgar antipathy between neighboring nations, but for their insolent and unfounded air of superiority.
I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them: for if one's tongue don't move in the steps of the day, and thinks to please by its old graces, it is only an object of ridicule.
To act with common sense according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know; and the best philosophy is to do one's duties, take the world as it comes, submit respectfully to one's lot; bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it.
Old friends are the great blessings of one's later years. Half a word conveys one's meaning. They have a memory of the same events, have the same mode of thinking. I have young relations that may grow upon me, for my nature is affectionate, but can they grow [To Be] old friends?