The student who would build his knowledge on solid foundations, and proceed by just degrees to the pinnacles of truth, is directed by the great philosopher of France to begin by doubting of his own existence. In like manner, whoever would complete any arduous and intricate enterprise, should, as soon as his imagination can cool after the first blaze of hope, place before his own eyes every possible embarrassment that may retard or defeat him. He should first question the probability of success, and then endeavour to remove the objections that he has raised.
I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark.
A woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.
It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentional lying, that there is so much falsehood in the world.
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.
Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.