A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
An easy-going husband is the one indispensable comfort of life.
Christianity has made of death a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan.
Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye.
Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.
I have know a thousand scamps; but I never met one who considered himself so. Self-knowledge isn't so common.
Intensely selfish people are always very decided as to what they wish. They do not waste their energies in considering the good of others.
It is hard work to be good when you are very little and very hungry, and have many sticks to beat you, and no mother's lips to kiss you.
One must pray first, but afterwards one must help oneself. God does not care for cowards.
Petty laws breed great crimes.
Take hope from the heart of man and you make him a beast of prey.
There are wrongs for which religion makes no provision, and of which it has no comprehension.
To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.
What we love once, we love forever. Shall there be joy in heaven over those who repent, yet no forgiveness for them upon earth?
Woman's fatal weakness is to desire sympathy and comprehension.
January 1, 1839
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