He is one of those wise philanthropists who in a time of famine would vote for nothing but a supply of toothpicks.
I do not find that the age or country makes the least difference; no, nor the language the actors spoke, nor the religion which they professed, whether Arab in the desert or Frenchman in the Academy. I see that sensible men and conscientious men all over the world were of one religion.
I find the Englishman to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes.
I rarely read any Latin, Greek, German, Italian, sometimes not a French book, in the original, which I can procure in a good version. I like to be beholden to the great metropolitan English speech, the sea which receives tributaries from every region under heaven. I should as soon think of swimming across Charles River when I wish to go to Boston, as of reading all my books in originals when I have them rendered for me in my mother tongue.
In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.
It is a beautiful necessity of our nature to love something.
Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.
Proverbs, like the sacred books of each nation, are the sanctuary of the intuitions.
Some people are so fond of ill-luck that they run half-way to meet it.
Talk to him of Jacob's ladder, and he would ask the number of the steps.