"Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it."
"Sorrows are like thunderclouds, in the distance they look black, over our heads scarcely gray."
"What we now call school training, the pursuit of fixed studies at stated hours under the constant guidance of a teacher, I could scarcely be said to have enjoyed."
"Would it be possible that I should not in any degree succeed? I can scarcely think so. Ah delusive hope, how much further wilt thou lead me?"
"My object will be, if possible, to form Christian men, for Christian boys I can scarcely hope to make."
"Questioning the nature and implications of liminal instances necessarily involves failure, if only in the specifically technical sense of entering spaces where prevailing criteria of success scarcely apply."
"Small debts are like small shot they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon of loud noise, but little danger."
"Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress."
"The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it."
"Learning is the ally, not the adversary of genius... he who reads in a proper spirit, can scarcely read too much."