Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.
Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession; do not run after distinctions and rewards; but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.
Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.
I never read a book before previewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time.
It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little - do what you can.
The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.
To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can.
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.
Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.
Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.
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