There are two levers for moving men - interest and fear.
Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes.
As to moral courage, I have very rarely met with the two o'clock in the morning kind. I mean unprepared courage, that which is necessary on an unexpected occasion, and which, in spite of the most unforeseen events, leaves full freedom of judgement and decision.
Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.
Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.
The safe and general antidote against sorrow is employment.
The time will come to every human being when it must be known how well he can bear to die.
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. Samuel Johnso
Sir, a man who cannot get to heaven in a green coat, will not find his way thither the sooner in a grey one.
Nothing is more common than to find men, whose works are now totally neglected, mentioned with praises by their contemporaries as the oracles of their age, and the legislators of science.
Prejudice, not being founded on reason, cannot be removed by argument.
Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.
Misery is caused for the most part, not by a heavy crush of disaster, but by the corrosion of less visible evils, which canker enjoyment, and undermine security. The visit of an invader is necessarily rare, but domestic animosities allow no cessation.
Learn that the present hour alone is man's.
Exercise is labor without weariness. Samuel Joh
Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.
By those who look close to the ground dirt will be seen. I hope I see things from a greater distance.
The civilities of the great are never thrown away.
Let him go abroad to a distant country; let him go to some place where he is not known. Don't let him go to the devil, where he is known.
Nothing is more common than for men to make partial and absurd distinctions between vices of equal enormity, and to observe some of the divine commands with great scrupulousness, while they violate others, equally important, without any concern, or the least apparent conciousness of guilt. Alas, it
Never mind the use--do it!
Merit rather enforces respect than attracts fondness.
Sir, if you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city, you must not be satisfied with seeing its great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts. It is not in the showy evolutions of buildings, but in the multiplicity of human habitations which are c
Men are like stone jugs - you may lug them where you like by the ears.
Abuse is often of service. There is nothing so dangerous to an author as silence.