Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye
. . . nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose . . .
. . . the moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding-places.
The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food . . .
. . . the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.
Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not.
I thought and pondered - vainly. I felt that blank incapability of invention which is the greatest misery of authorship, when dull Nothing replies to our anxious invocations.
But I am a blasted tree the bolt has entered my soul and I felt then that I should survive to exhibit what I shall soon cease to be--a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself.
At boarding schools the relaxation of the junior boys is mischief, and of the seniors vice
Man, I cried, how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom
You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you,as mine has been.
It was already one in the morning the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open . . .
Monster I am malicious because I am miserable. ... If any being felt emotions of benevolence towards me, I should return them a hundred and a hundred fold.
I beheld the wretch - the miserable monster whom I had created
My heart was fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy, and when wrenched by misery to vice and hatred, it did not endure the violence of the change without torture such as you cannot even imagine.
The scene of my existence is closed though there be no pleasure in retracing the scenes that have preceded the event which has crushed my hopes yet there seems to be a necessity in doing so, and I obey the impulse that urges me.
Children, I grant, should be innocent but when the epithet is applied to men, or women, it is but a civil term for weakness.
It is hardly surprising that women concentrate on the way they look instead of what was in their minds since not much has been put in their minds to begin with
A king is always a king - and a woman always a woman his authority and her sex ever stand between them and rational converse
A slavish bondage to parents cramps every faculty of the mind.
I am very averse to bringing myself forward in print, but as my account will only appear as an appendage to a former production, and as it will be confined to such topics as have connection with my authorship alone, I can hardly accuse myself of a personal intrusion.
Elegance is inferior to virtue.
My dreams were at once more fantastic and agreeable than my writings.
Teach him to think for himself Oh, my God, teach him rather to think like other people
The very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal Nature bade me weep no more.