In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
Knowledge is power.
Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.
A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.
Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
It is impossible to love and to be wise.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.