Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.
Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.
Don't be "consistent" but be simple true.
For him in vain the envious seasons roll, Who bears eternal summer in his soul.
With effervescing opinions, the quickest way to let them get flat is to let them get exposed to the air.
Like sentinel and nun, they keep Their vigil on the green.
The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, The medicines of the soul.
God reigneth. All is well.
Talking is like playing on the harp there is as much inlaying the hands on the strings to stop their vibrations As in twanging them to bring out their music.
Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air.
A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.
This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.
One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
When lawyers take what they would give And doctors give what they would take.
A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.
Literature is full of coincidences, which some love to believe are plagiarisms. There are thoughts always abroad in the air which it takes more wit to avoid than to hit upon.
There is that glorious epicurean paradox uttered by my friend the historian, in one of his flashing moments 'Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries.' To this must certainly be added that other saying of one of the wittiest of men 'Good Americans when they die go to Paris.'
Genius does not herd with genius.
Knowledge like timber shouldn't be mush use till they are seasoned.
When in doubt, do it.
If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
The chief end of a man is to frame general ideas - and... no general idea is worth a damn.
William Arthur Ward - Rudyard Kipling - Oliver Wendell Holmes - Milan Kundera - Henry Drummond - Ella Wheeler Wilcox - Dr. Seuss - Bernardo Bertolucci - Anne Frank - Abraham Polonsky