Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.
Our ideals are our better selves.
A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.
The less routine the more life.
Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.
Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples.
While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.
To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.
Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.
Our dreams drench us in sense, and sense steeps us again in dreams.
Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture.
A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.
Who knows, the mind has the key to all things besides.
One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.
Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.
First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.