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It is the misfortune of all miscellaneous political combinations, that with the purest motives of their more generous members are ever mixed the most sordid interests and the fiercest passions of mean confederates.
[Politics]
 

It is the most beautiful truth in morals that we have no such thing as a distinct or divided interest from our race. - In their welfare is ours; and by choosing the broadest paths to effect their happiness, we choose the surest and shortest to our own.
[Democracy]
 

It may, indeed, be said that sympathy exists in all minds, as Faraday has discovered that magnetism exists in all metals; but a certain temperature is required to develop the hidden property, whether in the metal or the mind.
[Sympathy]
 

It seems to me as if not only the form but the soul of man was made to walk erect and look upon the stars.
[Soul]
 

It seems to me that the coming of love is like the coming of spring - the date is not to be reckoned by the calendar. It may be slow and gradual; it may be quick and sudden. But in the morning, when we wake and recognize a change in the world without, verdure on the trees, blossoms on the sward, warmth in the sunshine, music in the air, we say spring has come.
[Love]
 

Kindness seems to come with a double grace and tenderness from the old. - It seems in them the hoarded and long purified benevolence of years, as if it had survived and conquered the baseness and selfishness of the ordeal it had passed - as if the winds which had broken the form, had swept in vain across the heart, and the frosts which had chilled the blood, and whitened the thin locks, had no power over the warm tide of the affections.
[Kindness]
 

Law is never wise but when merciful, out mercy has conditions; and that which is mercy to the myriads, may seem hard to the one; and that which seems hard to the one, may be mercy when viewed by the eye that looks on through eternity.
[Law]
 

Laws die, books never.
[Books]
 

Life consists in the alternate process of learning and unlearning, but it is often wiser to unlearn than to learn.
[Experience]
 

Life that ever needs forgiveness has for its first duty to forgive.
[Forgiveness]
 

Man must be disappointed with the lesser things of life before he can comprehend the full value of the greater.
[Disappointment]
 

Man only of all earthly creatures, asks, "Can the dead die forever?" - and the instinct that urges the question is God's answer to man, for no instinct is given in vain.
[Immortality]
 

Master books, but do not let them master you. Read to live, not live to read.
[Books]
 

Money never can be well managed if sought solely through the greed of money for its own sake. In all meanness there is a defect of intellect as well as of heart. And even the cleverness of avarice is but the cunning of imbecility.
[Miser]
 

Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies. It wanders perturbedly through the halls and galleries of the memory, and is often heard again, distinct and living, as when it first displaced the wavelets of the air.
[Music]
 

Nature - a thing which science and art never appear to see with the same eyes. If to an artist nature has a soul, why, so has a steam-engine. Art gifts with soul all matter that it contemplates; science turns all that is already gifted with soul into matter.
[Nature]
 

Nature's loving proxy, the watchful mother.
[Mother]
 

Never mind what a man's virtues are; waste no time in learning them. Fasten at once on his infirmities.
[Weakness]
 

No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.
 

No reproach is like that we clothe in a smile, and present with a bow.
[Reproof]
 


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