Ignorance, far more than idleness, is the mother of all the vices; and how recent has been the admission, that knowledge should be the portion of all? The destinies of the future lie in judicious education; an education that must be universal, to be beneficial.
Alas! we makeA ladder of our thoughts, where angels step,But sleep ourselves at the foot: our high resolvesLook down upon our slumbering acts.
Surprises are like misfortunes or herrings – they rarely come single.
Society is like a large piece of frozen water; and skating well is the great art of social life.
When does the mind put forth its powers? when are the stores of memory unlocked? when does wit ‘flash from fluent lips?’ — when but after a good dinner? Who will deny its influence on the affections? Half our friends are born of turbots and truffles.
An apt quotation is like a lamp which flings its light over the whole sentence.
Repentance is a one-faced Janus, ever looking to the past.
Conscience, like a child, is soon lulled to sleep.
Nothing is so fortunate for mankind as its diversity of opinion.
Politeness, however, acts the lady’s maid to our thoughts; and they are washed, dressed, curled, rouged, and perfumed, before they are presented to the public.
Thou know’st how fearless is my trust in thee.
All profound truths startle you in the first announcement.