People creep into childhood, bound into youth, sober in adulthood, and soften into old age.
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- The silent influence of books, is a mighty power in the world; and there is a joy in reading them known only to those who read them with desire and enthusiasm. Silent, passive, and noiseless though they be, they yet set in action countless multitudes, and change the order of nations.
- Literature, as a field of glory, is an arena where a tomb may be more easily found than laurels; and as a means of support, it is the chance of chances.
- No principal is so noble, as there is none more holy, than that of a true obedience.
- A song will outlive all sermons in the memory.
- In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.
- Youth is too tumultuous for felicity; old age too insecure for happiness. The period most favorable to enjoyment, in a vigorous, fortunate, and generous life, is that between forty and sixty.