To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
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- The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end.
- Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.
- Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
- Repartee is perfect when it effects its purpose with a double edge. It is the highest order of wit, as it indicates the coolest yet quickest exercise of genius, at a moment when the passions are roused.
- True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
- Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us — never cease to instruct — never cloy.