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As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted.

Though all afflictions are evils in themselves, yet they are good for us, because they discover to us our disease and tend to our cure.
Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.
Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites.
As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
Facts are God's arguments; we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them.
It is a wise person that adapts themselves to all contingencies; it's the fool who always struggles like a swimmer against the current.
Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be.
The weather-cock on the church spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind.
Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.

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