Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.
The intellectual attainments of a man who thinks for himself resemble a fine painting, where the light and shade are correct, the tone sustained, the colour perfectly harmonised; it is true to life. On the other hand, the intellectual attainments of the mere man of learning are like a large palette, full of all sorts of colours, which at most are systematically arranged, but devoid of harmony, connection and meaning.
If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.
It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are.
The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.
In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.