The greatest architecture is building character.
Crime is as much a condition as an intention.
Pleasure is the Divine seasoning in the diet of life.
Beware the man who promises you fair treatment for the future while giving you the worst of a present deal.
The idealists give us much on which to feed, but if it were not for the utilitarians, they would starve us all.
There are certain things that even fashion cannot justify.
He is fortunate who wants the things he knows he can have.
The highway of pleasure is crossed by many toll-gates.
One who accepts the general ideas of his time gets along smoothest, but he does the least for progress.
Great wealth and great poverty will disintegrate a nation in about the same time.
Genuine repentance must bear the seal of a corrected life.
The last person to adopt a ridiculous fashion suffers more derision than the one who first adopted it.
True art consists in the concealment of art.
Most people are willing to pay a big price to get something for nothing.
No person is wholly bad who is kind to any living thing.
The way to cure hatred of the rich is to accumulate some property yourself.
Music is the link between earth and heaven.
Most people are too slow to believe, but once you get them going, they believe too much.
Wit can render instant aid or lasting harm.
It is easier to refuse a friend a loan than to press him for payment.
One who is severe on wrong-doers may be a wrong-doer in the excess of his severity.
Truth, to my mind, beats fiction for dramatic interest.
Men quickly find a theory that adapts itself to their desires.
If your heart is filled with human sympathy you are sure to have friends.
One always looking for flaws leaves too little time for construction.
If you wish to test a friend loan him money.
No matter how fallacious a religion may be, its destruction never satisfies unless replaced by another.
We must accept most great people with great faults.
We seem to feel keenest the kindness that comes from one who is generally cruel.
Pleasure and pain seem to have been accidentally cast in the same mold.
The final test of civilization of a people is the respect they have for law.
About the time we have subdued the fires of youth that threaten to consume us, we find ourselves battling with the infirmities of age.
The most wanton torture is that of the rich trying to kill time.
If you do not appreciate what you now have you will never appreciate what you will have.
One usually recognizes the least his greatest fault.
You need to handle your friends with more diplomacy than you do your enemies.
Many of the great reforms of society do not come from the upper levels, but from the upheavals of the lower strata.
An immoral character, glossed with religious pretention, is like a rotten egg with an Easter coloring.
Our regrets are the least for those past errors that were made on the side of kindness.
The mind delights most in being led through a mystic maze before reaching the open door.
Some people have a way of making their faults pleasing, while others have a way of making their virtues repulsive.
One test of strength is the ability to take defeat graciously.
The bridge of life is built on the scaffold of action, but rests finally on the piers of results.
The more ignorant a man is the more he thinks he ought to govern someone else.
Oftimes our belief, if in another, we would regard a superstition.
The finer house you build the sharper will be the criticism.
There can be no general prosperity where labor has small reward.
We should not expect all the present to be as good as the best of the past.
It is more charitable, and often more in keeping with the truth, to term men's faults only differences.
Fads are more widely contagious than disease.