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Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
 

Patience will achieve more than force.
 

People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.
 

People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
[Posterity]
 

Philosophical happiness is to want little; civil or vulgar happiness is to want much and enjoy much.
[Happiness]
 

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.
[Art]
 

Poetry, with all its obscurity, has a more general as well as a more powerful dominion over the passions than the art of painting.
[Poetry]
 

Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.
[Clergyman]
 

Portrait-painting may be to the painter what the practical knowledge of the world is to the poet, provided he considers it as a school by which he is to acquire the means of perfection in his art, and not as the object of that perfection.
 

Prudence is a quality incompatible with vice, and can never be effectively enlisted in its cause.
[Prudence]
 

Queen of arts, and daughter of heaven.
[Philosophy]
 

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
 

Refined policy has ever been the parent of confusion, and ever will be so, as long as the world endures. Plain good intention, which is as easily discovered at the first view as fraud is surely detected at last, is of no mean force in the government of mankind. Genuine simplicity of heart is a healing and cementing principle.
[Honesty]
 

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.
[Art]
 

Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
 

She is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one.
 

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
 

Slavery is a state so improper, so degrading, so ruinous to the feelings and capacities of human nature, that it ought not to be suffered to exist.
[Slavery]
 

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
 

Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.
 


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