Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.
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- Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that.
- I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it roaring and raging like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free, and ending just where it began.
- The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.
- I do not think that what is called Love at first sight is so great an absurdity as it is sometimes imagined to be. We generally make up our minds beforehand to the sort of person we should like, grave or gay, black, brown, or fair; with golden tresses or raven locks; — and when we meet with a complete example of the qualities we admire, the bargain is soon struck.
- If goodness were only a theory, it were a pity it should be lost to the world. There are a number of things, the idea of which is a clear gain to the mind. Let people, for instance, rail at friendship, genius, freedom, as long as they will –the very names of these despised qualities are better than anything else that could be substituted for them, and embalm even the most envenomed satire against them.
- The most learned are often the most narrow minded.