‘Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.
Absence – that common cure of love.
Adversity is the first path to truth.
All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin.
America is a model of force and freedom and moderation – with all the coarseness and rudeness of its people.
As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.
Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.
But what is Hope? Nothing but the paint on the face of Existence the least touch of truth rubs it off, and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of.
Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.
For truth is always strange stranger than fiction.
Friendship is Love without his wings!
Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.
I have a great mind to believe in Christianity for the mere pleasure of fancying I may be damned.
I have no consistency, except in politics and that probably arises from my indifference to the subject altogether.
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone.
If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher’s cleaver.
Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.
Lovers may be – and indeed generally are – enemies, but they never can be friends, because there must always be a spice of jealousy and a something of Self in all their speculations.