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Religion cannot pass away. The burning of a little straw may hide the stars of the sky, but the stars are there, and will reappear.

Rich as we are in biography, a well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one; and there are certainly many more men whose history deserves to be recorded than persons able and willing to furnish the record.

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.

Sarcasm is the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.

Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.

Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.

Shakespeare says, we are creatures that look before and after; the more surprising that we do not look round a little, and see what is passing under our very eyes.

Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.

Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.

Silence is deep as Eternity; speech, shallow as Time.

Silence is more eloquent than words.

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the delights of life, which they are thenceforth to rule.

Skepticism means, not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt.

Speech is great, but silence is greater.

Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.

Speech is silvern, silence is golden.

Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.

Taste, if it mean anything but a paltry connoisseurship, must mean a general susceptibility to truth and nobleness, a sense to discern, and a heart to love and reverence all beauty, order, goodness, wheresoever, or in whatsoever forms and accompaniments, they are to be seen. This surely implies, as its chief condition, a finery-gifted mind, purified into harmony with itself, into keenness and justness of vision; above all, kindled into love and generous admiration.

Teach a parrot the terms "supply and demand" and you've got an economist.

Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so.

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