Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it.
Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aid them to judge for themselves.
It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge which determines the mind's dignity.
Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.
We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure.
It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.
The great hope of society is in individual character.
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.
Each of us is meant to have a character all our own, to be what no other can exactly be, and do what no other can exactly do.
No one should part with their individuality and become that of another.
Error is discipline through which we advance.
Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.
No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you, keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue, influence, but by your own consent.
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