December 4, 1795
Worship is transcendent wonder.
No violent extreme endures.
The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was.
Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with.
Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.
If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better, Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will.
I grow daily to honour facts more and more, and theory less and less. A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing; a sentence printed, if not by God, then at least by the Devil.