Rich men's houses are seldom beautiful, rarely comfortable, and never original. It is a constant source of surprise to people of moderate means to observe how little a big fortune contributes to Beauty.
Comedy is acting out optimism.
Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
Nothing is black or white.
Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.
After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it.
A person preaches well that lives well.
Sunlight is painting.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
Not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.
Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes.
You always admire what you really don't understand.
By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.
All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.
A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.
He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.
When people start asking you to do the same thing over and over again, that's when you know you're way too close to something that you don't want to be near.