Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 244.
The first step toward greatness is to be honest, says the proverb; but the proverb fails to state the case strong enough. Honesty is not only "the first step toward greatness," — it is greatness itself.
Reported in Louis Klopsch, Many Thoughts of Many Minds (1896), p. 133.
There is probably no hell for authors in the next world — they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this.
"Authors", p. 68.
Formerly when great fortunes were only made in war, war was a business; but now, when great fortunes are only made by business, business is war.
Loose ideas on the subject of business will not answer. It must be reduced to something of a science. It has its principles, upon a knowledge and an application of which, success in it mainly depends.
"There is nothing," says a correspondent of the New York Times, "which the business world discards as unpractical and useless so much as the quiet, thinking scholar. But this is the man who makes revolutions. Politicians are mere puppets in the hands of men of thought.
There is, indeed, no wild beast more to be dreaded than a communicative man having nothing to communicate.
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
Patience is only one faculty; earnestness the devotion of all the faculties. Earnestness is the cause of patience; it gives endurance, overcomes pain, strengthens weakness, braves dangers, sustains hope, makes light of difficulties, and lessens the sense of weariness in overcoming them.
Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and insensibly approximate to the characters we most admire. In this way, a generous habit of thought and of action carries with it an incalculable influence.
Volume I, p. 178; reported in Otis Henry Tiffany, Gems for the Fireside (1883), p. 809.
It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.