What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
Doubt, the essential preliminary of all improvement and discovery, must accompany the stages of man’s onward progress. The faculty of doubting and questioning, without which those of comparison and judgment would be useless, is itself a divine prerogative of the reason.
One man is equivalent to all Creation. One man is a World in miniature.
Almost all the noblest things that have been achieved in the world, have been achieved by poor men; poor scholars, poor professional men, poor artisans and artists, poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius.
Above all things let us never forget that mankind constitutes one great brotherhood; all born to encounter suffering and sorrow, and therefore bound to sympathize with each other.
We have all the light we need, we just need to put it in practice.
A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire: not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.
The universal medicine for the Soul is the Supreme Reason and Absolute Justice; for the mind, mathematical and practical Truth; for the body, the Quintessence, a combination of light and gold.
A war for a great principle ennobles a nation.
War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
Will is the dynamic soul-force.
Faith begins where Reason sinks exhausted.
The sovereignty of one’s self over one’s self is called Liberty.
Philosophy is a kind of journey, ever learning yet never arriving at the ideal perfection of truth.
The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man are fixed upon the same creation; but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
To work with the hands or brain, according to our requirements and our capacities, to do that which lies before us to do, is more honorable than rank and title.