Sunsets in themselves are generally superior to sunrises; but with the sunset we appreciate images drawn from departed peace and faded glory.— George Stillman Hillard
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Great men are among the best gifts which God bestows upon a people.
The instinctive and universal taste of mankind selects flowers for the expression of its finest sympathies, their beauty and their fleetingness serving to make them the most fitting symbols of those delicate sentiments for which language itself seems almost too gross a medium.
A sluggish, dawdling, and dilatory man may have spasms of activity, but he never acts continuously and consecutively with energetic quickness.
The malignity that never forgets or forgives is found only in base and ignoble natures, whose aims are selfish, and whose means are indirect, cowardly, and treacherous.
A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates, as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartments.
One might feel indignant at the injustice which deals out what is called fame with so unequal a hand, were it not for the reflection that men who are competent to add to the intellectual wealth of the world, and enlarge the domain of knowledge, have learned to take popular applause at its true value, and to find in the faithful discharge of honorable duty a satisfaction which is its own reward.
It may be too much to expect that nations should be governed in their relations towards each other by the precepts of Christian morality, but surely it is not too much to ask that they should conform to the code of courtesy and good breeding recognized among gentlemen in the intercourse of social life.
A great man is a gift, in some measure a revelation of God.
A great man, living for high ends, is the divinest thing that can be seen on earth. The value and interest of history are derived chiefly from the lives and services of the eminent men whom it commemorates. Indeed, without these, there would be no such thing as history, and the progress of a nation would be little worth recording, as the march of a trading caravan across a desert.
Wealth brings noble opportunities, and competence is a proper object of pursuit;
but wealth, and even competence, may be bought at too high a price. Wealth itself has no moral attribute. It is not money, but the love of money, which is the root of all evil. It is the relation between wealth and the mind and the character of its possessor which is the essential thing.
The shadow of human life is traced upon a golden ground of immortal hope.
Misfortunes have their dignity and their redeeming power.
There are no eyes so sharp as the eyes of hatred.
A statesman makes the occasion, but the occasion makes the politician.
The ruin of most men dates from some idle moment.
Artists will sometimes speak of Rome with disparagement or indifference while it is before them; but no artist ewer lived in Rome and then left it, without sighing to return.
Excellence in art is to be attained only by active effort, and not by passive impressions; by the manly overcoming of difficulties, by patient struggle against adverse circumstance, by the thrifty use of moderate opportunities. The great artists were not rocked and dandled into eminence, but they attained to it by that course of labor and discipline which no man need go to Rome or Paris or London to enter upon.
Strategy is the most important department of the art of war, and strategical skill is the highest and rarest function of military genius.
For my boyhood's friend hath fallen, the pillar of my trust, The true, the wise, the beautiful, is sleeping in the dust.
There are pictures by Titian so steeped in golden splendors, that they look as if they would light up a dark room like a solar lamp.
Many persons feel art, some understand it; but few both feel and understand it.
The force of selfishness is as inevitable and as calculable as the force of gravitation.
Ambition is not a weakness unless it be disproportioned to the capacity.
To have more ambition than ability is to be at once weak and unhappy.
If liberty with law is fire on the hearth, liberty without law is fire on the floor.
Man is an animal that cannot long be left in safety without occupation;
the growth of his fallow nature is apt to run into weeds.
Occupation is the armor of the soul.
Nothing is more binding than the friendship of companions-in-arms.