One who is proud of ancestry is like a turnip there is nothing good of him but that which is underground
There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle.
The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money, the next worst his health, the next worst his reputation
The history of art is the history of revivals
He ne'er considered it, as loath To look a gift-horse in the mouth
Learning is like a great house that requires a great charge to keep it in repair
Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness with others.
Justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes
Youth is like spring, an overpraised season.
There are two classes of people in this world, those who sin, and those who are sinned against if a man must belong to either, he had better belong to the first than to the second.
He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most.
Young as he was, his instinct told him that the best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way . . .
To me it seems that those who are happy in this world are better and more lovable people than those who are not.
A man's friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage--but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.
It is far safer to know too little than too much. People will condemn the one, though they will resent being called upon to exert themselves to follow the other.
It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma or want of dogma that the danger lies.
Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself . . .
Silence is not always tact, but it is tact that is golden, not silence.
Science, after all, is only an expression for our ignorance of our own ignorance.
There are two great rules of life the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can, in the end, get what he wants, if he only tries. That is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is, more or less, an exception to the rule.
I believe that he was really sorry that people would not believe he was sorry that he was not more sorry.
Then spare the rod and spoil the child.
In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved.
The clergyman is expected to be a kind of human Sunday.
Compound for sins they are inclined to by damning those they have no mind to.