Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.
Quote by Samuel Johnson
Actions are visible, though motives are secret.
What ills from beauty spring
The appearance and retirement of actors are the great events of the theatrical world; and...
The world is like a grand staircase, some are going up and some are going...
To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.
The insolence of wealth will creep out
He is no wise man that will quit a certainty for an uncertainty
The purpose of a writer is to be read, and the criticism which would destroy...
When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of 21, little did...
You teach your daughters the diameters of the planets and wonder when you are done...
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong...
To be free it is not enough to beat the system, one must beat the...
I would consent to have a limb amputated to recover my spirits
Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily...
Self-love is often rather arrogant than blind; it does not hide our faults from ourselves,...
Whatever is attempted without previous certainty of success, may be considered as a project, and...
Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.
Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.
The animadversions of critics are commonly such as may easily provoke the sedatest writer to...