There is a set of religious or rather moral writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness and vice to misery in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine and to which we have but one objection namely that it is not true.
All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers.
A good historian is timeless although he is a patriot he will never flatter his country in any respect.
Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul. They always are heavily loaded and you must bear half.