Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire.
Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.
He who speaks evil only differs from his who does evil in that he lacks opportunity.
Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.
Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.
The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.
The pretended admission of a fault on our part creates an excellent impression.
Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended.
God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech.
The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.
Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.
While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.
It is worth while too to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a boy's mind from effort.
As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone.
It is much easier to try one's hand at many things than to concentrate one's powers on one thing.
It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity.
For it would have been better that man should have been born dumb, nay, void of all reason, rather than that he should employ the gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbor.
It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate.
Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture.
While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin, the opportunity is lost.
To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination.