It is a fool’s life, as they will find when they get to the end of it, if not before.
Commonly men will only be brave as their fathers were brave, or timid.
Trade and commerce, if they were not made of India-rubber, would never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are continually putting in their way.
But man’s capacities have never been measured; nor are we to judge of what he can do by any precedents, so little have been tried.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
Every child begins the world again, to some extent, and loves to stay outdoors, even in wet and cold. It plays house, as well as horse, having an instinct for it…At last we know not what it is to live in the open air, and our lives are domestic in more senses than we think.
In the long run men only hit what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.
A distinguished clergyman told me that he chose the profession of a clergyman because it afforded the most leisure for literary pursuits. I would recommend to him the profession of a governor.
One little chore to do, one little commission to fulfil, one message to carry, would spoil heaven itself.
Those things for which the most money is demanded are never the things which the student most wants. Tuition, for instance, is an important item in the term bill, while for the far more valuable education which he gets by associating with the most cultivated of his contemporaries no charge is made. The