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Not the marriage of convenience, nor the marriage of reason, but the marriage of love. - All other marriage, with vows so solemn, with intimacy so close, is but acted falsehood and varnished sin.
[Marriage]
 

Nothing ages like laziness.
 

Nothing can constitute good breeding which has not good nature for its foundation.
 

Nothing conveys a more inaccurate idea of a whole truth than a part of a truth so prominently brought forth as to throw the other parts into shadow. - This is the art of caricature, by the happy use of which you might caricature the Apollo Belvidere.
 

Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm. - It is the real allegory of the tale of Orpheus; it moves stones, and charms brutes. - It is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it.
[Enthusiasm]
 

Nothing really immoral is ever permanently popular. - There does not exist in the literature of the world a single popular book that is immoral, two centuries after it is produced; for in the heart of nations the false does not live so long, and the true is ethical to the end of time.
[Morality]
 

Nothing short of an eternity could enable men to imagine, think, and feel, and to express all they have imagined, thought and felt. - Immortality, which is the spiritual desire, is the intellectual necessity.
[Immortality]
 

O woman! in ordinary cases so mere a mortal, how in the great and rare events of life dost thou swell into the angel!
 

Of all the conditions to which the heart is subject, suspense is one that most gnaws and cankers into the frame. One little month of suspense, when it involves death, we are told by an eyewitness, is sufficient to plough fixed lines and furrows in a convict of five-and-twenty, - sufficient to dash the brown hair with gray, and to bleach the gray to white.
 

Of all the signs of a corrupt heart and a feeble head, the tendency of incredulity is the surest. - Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny.
 

Of all the, virtues necessary to the completion of the perfect man, there is none more delicately implied and less ostentatiously vaunted than that of exquisite feeling or universal benevolence.
[Beneficence]
 

On the imagination God sometimes paints, by dream and symbol, the likeness of things to come. - What the foolish-wise call fanaticism, belongs to the same part of us as hope. - Each is the yearning of the soul for the great "Beyond," which attests our immortality.
[Immortality]
 

One of the sublimest things in the world is plain truth.
[Truth]
 

One of the surest evidences of friendship that one can display to another, is telling him gently of a fault. - If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.
[Friendship]
 

One vice worn out makes us wiser than fifty tutors.
[Vice]
 

Open biographical volumes wherever you please, and the man who has no faith in religion is the one who hath faith in a nightmare and ghosts.
[Superstition]
 

Oratory, like the drama, abhors lengthiness; like the drama, it must keep doing. - Beauties themselves, if they delay or distract the effect which should be produced on the audience, become blemishes.
[Oratory]
 

Our ideas, like orange-plants, spread out in proportion to the size of the box which imprisons the roots.
[Ideas]
 

Out of the ashes of misanthropy benevolence rises again; we find many virtues where we had imagined all was vice, many actions of disinterested friendship where we had fancied all was calculation and fraud, - and so gradually, from the two extremes, we pass to the proper medium; and feeling that no human being is wholly good or wholly base, we learn that true knowledge of mankind which induces us to expect little and forgive much. The world cures alike the optimist and the misanthrope.
 

Patience is the courage of the conqueror, the strength of man against destiny - of the one against the world, and of the soul against matter. - Therefore it is the courage of the gospel; and its importance, in a social view and to races and institutions, cannot be too earnestly inculcated.
[Patience]
 


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