We cannot afford to differ on the question of honesty if we expect our republic permanently to endure. Honesty is not so much a credit as an absolute prerequisite to efficient service to the public. Unless a man is honest, we have no right to keep him in public life; it matters not how brilliant his
I believe that this Republic will endure for many centuries. If so there will doubtless be among its Presidents Protestants and Catholics, and very probably at some time, Jews. I have consistently tried while President to act in relation to my fellow Americans of Catholic faith as I hope that any fu
Thou weigh'st thy words before thou givest them breath.
I am not bound to please thee with my answer.
A knot you are of damned bloodsuckers.
Fair, kind, and true, have often lived alone.
Though Death be poor, it ends a mortal woe.
The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.
Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. William Shakesp
On your eyelids crown the god of sleep,Charming your blood with pleasing heaviness,Making such difference 'twixt wake and sleepAs is the difference betwixt day and nightThe hour before the heavenly-harness'd teamBegins his golden progress in the east.
God grant us patience!
But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive.
Where souls do couch on flowers weâ€™ll hand in hand...
Do not spread the compost on the weeds.
For a noble heart, the most precious gift becomes poor, when the giver stops loving.
I love thee so, that, maugre all thy pride,Nor wit nor reason can my passion hide.Do not extort thy reasons from this clause,For that I woo, thou therefore hast no causeBut rather reason thus with reason fetter,Love sought is good, but given unsought better.
Come what sorrow can, It cannot countervail the exchange of joy, That one short minute gives me in her sight
The weight of this sad time we must obey, Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. The oldest hath borne most: we that are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long.
Doubting things go ill often hurts moreThan to be sure they do; for certaintiesEither are past remedies, or, timely knowing,The remedy then born.
To gild refined gold, to paint the lily... is wasteful and ridiculous excess
Press not a falling man too far; 'tis virtue:His faults lie open to the laws; let them,Not you, correct him.
Beauty, wit,High birth, vigour of bone, desert in service,Love, friendship, charity, are subjects allTo envious and calumniating time.