No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren.
The world knows nothing of its greatest men.
He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self sacrifice.
Conscience is, in most men, an anticipation of the opinions of others.
The hope, and not the fact, of advancement, is the spur to industry.
Shy and proud men are more liable than any others to fall into the hands of parasites and creatures of low character. For in the intimacies which are formed by shy men, they do not choose, but are chosen.
Where there are large powers with little ambition, nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.