A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
Kindness is the golden chain by which society is held together.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Patriotism ruins history.
Seize this very minute;
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Only engage and the mind grows heated;
Begin and then the work will be completed.
The dear good people don’t know how long it takes to learn to read. I’ve been at it eighty years, and can’t say yet that I’ve reached the goal.
The deepest, the only theme of human history, compared to which all others are of subordinate importance, is the conflict of skepticism with faith.
There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can be and should be, and he will become as he can and should be.
We are the slaves of objects around us, and appear little or important according as these contract or give us room to expand.