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There is a strength of quiet endurance as significant of courage as the most daring feats of prowess.
Reason is not time only interpreter of life. The fountain of action is in time feelings.
There is more or less of pathos in all true beauty. The delight it awakens has an indefinable, and, as it were, luxurious sadness, which is perhaps one element of its might.
No man flatters the woman he truly loves.
Fashion seldom interferes with nature without diminishing her grace and efficiency.
National enthusiasm is the nursery of genius.
The soul, by an instinct stronger than reason, ever associates beauty with truth.
The art of walking is at once suggestive of the dignity of man. Progressive motion alone implies power, but in almost every other instance it seems a power gained at the expense of self-possession.
Without the definiteness of sculpture and painting, music is, for that very reason, far more suggestive. Like Milton's Eve, an outline, an impulse, is furnished, and the imagination does the rest.
Let us recognize the beauty and power of true enthusiasm; and whatever we may do to enlighten ourselves and others, guard against checking or chilling a single earnest sentiment.
Credulity is perhaps a weakness almost inseparable from eminently truthful characters.
Poetry is the overflowing of the Soul.
A work of art is said to be perfect in proportion as it does not remind the spectator of the process by which it was created.
The French have a significant saying, that a woman who buys her complexion will sell it.
To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music; it is one of those things which it is far better to enjoy, than to attempt to fully understand.
There is a policy in manner. I have heard one, not inexperienced in the pursuit of fame, give it his earnest support, as being the surest passport to absolute and brilliant success.
It is amusing to detect character in the vocabulary of each person. The adjectives habitually used, like the inscriptions on a thermometer, indicate the temperament.
Travel gives a character of experience to our knowledge, and brings the figures on the tablet of memory into strong relief.
The man who becomes a critic by trade ceases, in reality, to be one at all.
Do not give to thy friends the most agreeable counsels, but the most advantageous.
The mind's only perfect vassal.
Far better one unpurchased heart than glory's proudest name.
Literature is so common a luxury that the age has grown fastidious.
Society is the offspring of leisure; and to acquire this forms the only rational motive for accumulating wealth, notwithstanding the cant that prevails on the subject of labor.
Professed authors who overestimate their vocation are too full of themselves to be agreeable companions. The demands of their egotism are inveterate.
A pilgrimage is an admirable remedy for over-fastidiousness and sickly refinement.
It has been said that self-respect is the gate of heaven, and the most cursory observation shows that a degree of reserve adds vastly to the latent force of character.
To impress others we must be earnest; to amuse them, it is only necessary to be kindly and fanciful.