What we gave, we have; What we spent, we had; What we left, we lost.
Credulity is belief in slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence.
To be good, we must do good; and by doing good we take a sure means of being good, as the use and exercise of the muscles increase their power.
To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.
Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.
Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws – a thing which can never be demonstrated.
To rejoice in another’s prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another’s grief is to alleviate or dispel your own.
Mystery is but another name for ignorance; if we were omniscient, all would be perfectly plain!
To rule one’s anger is well; to prevent it is better.
We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.
High aims form high characters, and great objects bring out great minds.
Most controversies would soon be ended, if those engaged in them would first accurately define their terms, and then adhere to their definitions.
He that never changes his opinion never corrects mistakes and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.
Accuracy of statement is one of the first elements of truth; inaccuracy is a near kin to falsehood.
We weep over the graves of infants and the little ones taken from us by death; but an early grave may be the shortest way to heaven.