Passionate love, I take it, rarely lasts long, and is very troublesome while it does last. Mutual esteem is very much more valuable.
Marvelous is the power which can be exercised, almost unconsciously, over a company, or an individual, or even upon a crowd by one person gifted with good temper, good digestion, good intellects, and good looks.
A woman's life is not perfect or whole till she has added herself to a husband. Nor is a man's life perfect or whole till he has added to himself a wife.
Oxford is the most dangerous place to which a young man can be sent.
Never think that you're not good enough. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning.
As to that leisure evening of life, I must say that I do not want it. I can conceive of no contentment of which toil is not to be the immediate parent.
It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement.
A man's mind will very gradually refuse to make itself up until it is driven and compelled by emergency.
It has now become the doctrine of a large clan of politicians that political honesty is unnecessary, slow, subversive of a man's interests, and incompatible with quick onward movement.
Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can afford it.
Life is so unlike theory.
And though it is much to be a nobleman, it is more to be a gentleman.
I hold that gentleman to be the best-dressed whose dress no one observes.
I think the greatest rogues are they who talk most of their honesty.
The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.
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