Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
Hold yourself to a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is in the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has
Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.
You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one.
Your greatest pleasure is that which rebounds from hearts that you have made glad.
There is no slave out of heaven like a loving woman; and of all loving women, there is no such slave as a mother.
Find out what your temptations are, and you will find out largely what you are yourself.
Were one to ask me in which direction I think man strongest, I should say, his capacity to hate.
There is no liberty to men whose passions are stronger than their religious feelings; there is no liberty to men in whom ignorance predominates over knowledge; there is no liberty to men who know not how to govern themselves.
Pain is God's midwife, that helps some virtue into existence.
Oftentimes great and open temptations are the most harmless because they come with banners flying and bands playing and all the munitions of war in full view, so that we know we are in the midst of enemies that mean us damage, and we get ready to meet and resist them. Our peculiar dangers are those that surprise us and work treachery in our fort.
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
Our government is built upon the vote. But votes that are purchasable are quicksands, and a government built on them stands upon corruption and revolution.
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.
A dull axe never loves grindstones, but a keen workman does; and he puts his tool on them in order that it may be sharp. And men do not like grinding; but they are dull for the purposes which God designs to work out with them, and therefore He is grinding them.
We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
We are but a point, a single comma, and God is the literature of eternity.
There is a power in the human mind ... to see things as they are ... but there is equally a power to see things as they might be.
It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.
The Bible is like a telescope. If a man looks through his telescope, then he sees worlds beyond; but, if he looks at his telescope, then he does not see anything but that.
A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
The mere wit is only a human bauble. He is to life what bells are to horses-not expected to draw the load, but only to jingle while the horses draw.
Hope is sweet-minded and sweet-eyed. It draws pictures; it weaves fancies; it fills the future with delight.
There is tonic in the things that men do not love to hear. Free speech is to a great people what the winds are to oceans ... and where free speech is stopped miasma is bred, and death comes fast.
There are many persons who look on Sunday as a sponge to wipe out the sins of the week
The little troubles and worries of life may be as stumbling blocks in our way, or we may make them stepping-stones to a nobler character and to Heaven. Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
Men's best successes come after their disappointments.
Men are not put into this world to be everlastingly played on by the harping fingers of joy.
Sharp men, like sharp needles, break easy, though they pierce quick.
No man can tell another his faults so as to benefit him, unless he loves him.
Memory can glean, but can never renew. It brings us joys faint as is the perfume of the flowers, faded and dried, of the summer that is gone.
He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds.
It is defeat that turns bone to flint, gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible.
I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck.