The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.
Education is the methodical creation of the habit of thinking.
Most people suspend their judgment till somebody else has expressed his own and then they repeat it.
Life is a succession of lessons enforced by immediate reward, or, oftener, by immediate chastisement.
All serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy.
Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.
The history of the past interests us only in so far as it illuminates the history of the present.
A book, like a landscape, is a state of consciousness varying with readers.