Genius is a native to the soil where it grows - is fed by the air, and warmed by the sun and is not a hothouse plant or an exotic
Genius, like humanity, rusts for the want of use
Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel
To-day gold, to-morrow dust.
The public have neither shame nor gratitude
A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one -- they show one another off to the best advantage.
He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must always have had a very low standard of it in mind
That which any one has been long learning unwillingly, he unlearns with proportional eagerness and haste.
The only true retirement is that of the heart the only true leisure is the repose of the passions. To such persons it makes little difference whether they are young or old and they die as they have lived, with graceful resignation.
The way to procure insults is to submit to them a man meets with no more respect than he exacts.
The Irish are hearty, the Scotch plausible, the French polite, the Germans good-natured, the Italians courtly, the Spaniards reserved and decorous - the English alone seem to exist in taking and giving offense
The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases
We go on a journey to be free of all impediments to leave ourselves behind much more than to get rid of others
We go a journey chiefly to be free of all impediments and of all inconveniences to leave ourselves behind, much more to get rid of others. It is because I want a little breathing-space to muse on indifferent matters. . . .
We learn to curb our will and keep our overt actions within the bounds of humanity, long before we can subdue our sentiments and imaginations to the same mild tone.
The are of will-making chiefly consists in baffling the importunity of expectation.
It is well that there is no one without a fault for he would not have a friend in the world.
The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases.
No young man ever thinks he shall die.
Man is a make-believe animal he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.
Life is the art of being well deceived and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.
To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead.
Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.