When a man’s struggle begins within oneself, the man is worth something.
Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.
Concerning the dead nothing but good shall be spoken.
[Lat., De mortuis nil nisi bonum.]
Ease and speed in doing a thing do not give the work lasting solidity or exactness of beauty.
The generous mind adds dignity to every act, and nothing misbecomes it.
The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart.
The soul of man… is a portion or a copy of the soul of the Universe and is joined together on principles and in proportions corresponding to those which govern the Universe.
It does not follow, that because a particular work of art succeeds in charming us, its creator also deserves our admiration.
It is no disgrace not to be able to do everything; but to undertake, or pretend to do, what you are not made for, is not only shameful, but extremely troublesome and vexatious.
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
It is not reasonable that he who does not shoot should hit the mark, nor that he who does not stand fast at his post should win the day, or that the helpless man should succeed or the coward prosper.
Painting is silent poetry.