A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.
A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
It is but a poor eloquence which only shows that the orator can talk.
Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers.
Could we teach taste or genius by rules, they would be no longer taste and genius.
The greatest man is he who forms the taste of a nation; the next greatest is he who corrupts it.
Words should be employed as the means, not the end; language is the instrument, conviction is the work.
The value and rank of every art is in proportion to the mental labor employed in it, or the mental pleasure in producing it.
If you have great talents, industry will improve them: if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.