We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure.
The world is governed by opinion.
The office of government is not to confer happiness but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.
The mind in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature with revelation with God with itself loses its life just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven.
The great hope of society is in individual character.
The home is the chief school of human virtues.
The best books for a man are not always those which the wise recommend but often those which meet the peculiar wants the natural thirst of his mind and therefore awaken interest and rivet thought.
Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost.
Life has a higher end than to be amused.
How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.