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A beautiful hand is an excellent thing in woman; it is a charm that never palls; and better than all, it is a means of fascinating that never disappears.
A book may be as great a thing as a battle.
A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.
- in a speech [Government]
A feat of chivalry, fiery with consummate courage, and bright with flashing vigor.
- said of the Charge of the Light Brigade, in the House of Commons
A female friend, amiable, clever, and devoted, is a possession more valuable than parks and palaces; and without such a muse, few men can succeed in life, none be contented.
A great city whose image dwells on the memory of man is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; faith hovers over Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world-art.
A great man is one who affects the mind of his generation.
A great thing is a great book, but greater than all is the talk of a great man.
A majority is always the best repartee.
A man's fate is his own temper; and according to that will be his opinion as to the particular manner in which the course of events is regulated. A consistent man believes in destiny, a capricious man in chance.
A nation, as an individual, has duties to fulfill appointed by God and His moral law.
A parsimony of words prodigal of sense.
A series of congratulatory regrets.
- in reference to Lord Harrington's resolution on the Berlin Treaty, July 30, 1878
A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
Accent and emphasis are the pith of reading; punctuation is but secondary.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Age is frequently beautiful, wisdom appearing like an aftermath.
All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.
All must respect those who respect themselves.
Amusement to an observing mind is study.
An amateur may not be an artist, though an artist should be an amateur.
An author can have nothing truly his own but his style.
An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
An obedient wife commands her husband.
And it is a singular truth that, though a man may shake off national habits, accent, manner of thinking, style of dress,--though he may become perfectly identified with another nation, and speak its language well, perhaps better than his own,--yet never can he succeed in changing his handwriting to a foreign style.
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