Ability.—Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.—Schopenhaufer.
Words must be fitted to a man's mouth,—'twas well said of the fellow that was to make a speech for my Lord Mayor, when he desired to take measure of his lordship's mouth.—Selden.
Absence.—Absence in love is like water upon fire; a little quickens, but much extinguishes it.—Hannah More.
Absence from those we love is self from self! A deadly banishment.—Shakespeare.
Short retirement urges sweet return.—Milton.
Whatever is genuine in social relations endures despite of time, error, absence, and destiny; and that which has no inherent vitality had better die at once. A great poet has truly declared that constancy is no virtue, but a fact.—Tuckerman.
Frozen by distance.—Wordsworth.
Short absence quickens love, long absence kills it.—Mirabeau.
We often wish most for our friends when they are absent. Even in married life love is not diminished by distance. A man, like a burning-glass, should be placed at a certain distance from the object he wishes to dissolve, in order that the proper focus may be obtained.—Richter.