If you could give some advice to all parents, what would you say?
If you were a gifted painter, what picture would you want to paint first?
The love of learning, the sequestered nooks
All the sweet serenity of books.
A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child.
If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
He that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; every arrow that files feels the attraction of earth.
If you were a master sculptor for a day, what would you sculpt?
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Tacitast melior mulier semper quam loquens. [A woman is always worth more seen than heard.]
~ in Rudens -1114
Quem di diligunt adulescens moritur, dum valet sentit sapit. [He whom the gods love dies young, while he has strength and senses and wits.
~ in Bacchides, -816
The dwarf sees farther than the giant, when he has the giant’s shoulder to mount on.
~ in The Friend (1828)
Facts are not truths; they are not conclusions; they are not even premises. The truth depends on, and is only arrived at, by a legitimate deduction from all the facts which are truly material.
The man’s desire is for the woman; but the woman’s desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.
I believe Plato and Socrates. I believe in Jesus Christ.
He who begins by loving Christianity better than truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end by loving himself better than all.
~ in Moral and Religious Aphorisms
Academic training in beauty is a sham.
It takes a very long time to become young.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.