The greatest man is he who forms the taste of a nation; the next greatest is he who corrupts it.
Words should be employed as the means, not the end; language is the instrument, conviction is the work.
He who resolves never to ransack any mind but his own, will be soon reduced, from mere barrenness, to the poorest of all imitations he will be obliged to imitate himself, and to repeat what he has before often repeated.
Gardening, as far as Gardening is Art, or entitled to that appellation, is a deviation from nature for if the true taste consists, as many hold, in banishing every appearance of Art, or any traces of the footsteps of man, it would then be no longer a Garden.
Could we teach taste or genius by rules, they would be no longer taste and genius.
Taste depends upon those finer emotions which make the organization of the soul.
A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.
If you have great talents, industry will improve them: if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.
Nothing is denied to well-directed labor, And nothing is ever to be attained without it.
Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers.
The value and rank of every art is in proportion to the mental labor employed in it, or the mental pleasure in producing it.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
It is but a poor eloquence which only shows that the orator can talk.
All the gestures of children are graceful; the reign of distortion and unnatural attitudes commences with the introduction of the dancing master.
Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come of nothing.
A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.
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