When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride.
All art is but dirtying the paper delicately.
He who has truth at his heart need never fear the want of persuasion on his tongue.
To speak and act truth with constancy and precision is nearly as difficult, and perhaps as meretorious, as to speak it under intimidation or penalty
For, truly, the man who does not know when to die, does not know how to live.
To be taught to read—what is the use of that, if you know not whether what you read is false or true? To be taught to write or to speak—but what is the use of speaking, if you have nothing to say? To be taught to think—nay, what is the use of being able to think, if you have nothing to think of? But to be taught to see is to gain word and thought at once, and both true.
There is no wealth but life.
If only the Geologists would let me alone, I could do very well, but those dreadful Hammers! I hear the clink of them at the end of every cadence of the Bible verses
All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hours, and the books of all Time.
Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.
Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.
Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions.
There is never vulgarity in a whole truth, however commonplace. It may be unimportant or painful. It cannot be vulgar. Vulgarity is only in concealment of truth, or in affectation.
To give alms is nothing unless you give thought also.
What do we, as a nation, care about books? How much do you think we spend altogether on our libraries, public or private, as compared with what we spend on our horses?
The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions.
An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.
No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.
We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.