Great men always pay deference to greater.
We cannot be contented because we are happy, and we cannot be happy because we are contented.
We are no longer happy as soon as we wish to be happier.
There is nothing on earth divine except humanity.
We think that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.
A man's vanity tells him what is honor, a man's conscience what is justice.
Absence and death are the same -- only that in death there is no suffering.
An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.
O what a thing is age! Death without death's quiet.
We talk on principal, but act on motivation.
The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love.
Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose.