But he who dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose.
It is better to arm and strengthen your hero, than to disarm and enfeeble your foe.
Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.
What the world stigmatizes as romantic is often more nearly allied to the truth than is commonly supposed.
I wished to tell the truth, for truth always conveys its own moral to those who are able to receive it.
Adoration isn't love.
It is a woman's nature to be constant - to love one and one only, blindly, tenderly, and for ever - bless them, dear creatures!
She was trusted and valued by her father, loved and courted by all dogs, cats, children, and poor people, and slighted and neglected by everybody else.
His heart was like a sensitive plant, that opens for a moment in the sunshine, but curls up and shrinks into itself at the slightest touch of the finger, or the lightest breath of wind.
But he that dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose.
A man must have something to grumble about; and if he can't complain that his wife harries him to death with her perversity and ill-humour, he must complain that she wears him out with her kindness and gentleness.
I see that a man cannot give himself up to drinking without being miserable one half his days and mad the other.
No generous mind delights to oppress the weak, but rather to cherish and protect.
I would not send a poor girl into the world, ignorant of the snares that beset her path; nor would I watch and guard her, till, deprived of self-respect and self-reliance, she lost the power or the will to watch and guard herself.
Keep both heart and hand in your own possession, till you see good reason to part with them; and if such an occasion should never present itself, comfort your mind with this reflection: that, though in single life your joys may not be very many, your sorrows, at least, will not be more than you can bear.
All our talents increase in the using, and every faculty, both good and bad, strengthens by exercise: therefore, if you choose to use the bad, or those which tend to evil till they become your masters, and neglect the good till they dwindle away, you have only yourself to blame.
Oh, I am very weary, Though tears no longer flow; My eyes are tired of weeping, My heart is sick of woe.