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"I am thankful for small mercies. I compared notes with one of my friends who expect everything of the universe, and is disappointed when anything is less than the best, and I found that I begin at the other extreme, expecting nothing, and am always full of thanks for moderate good. . . . If we will take the good we find, . . . we shall have heaping measures."
"Men are respectable only as they respect"
"Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives."
"Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes."
"Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy."
"We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light."
"Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art."
"Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble."
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."
"The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide."