Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature.
Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature, and not be thrown off track by every nutshell and mosquito's wing that falls on the rails. Let us rise early and fast, or break fast, gently and without perturbation; let company come and let company go, let the bells ring and the children cry,-determine to make a day of it.
Spring. March fans it, April christens it, and May puts on its jacket and trousers.
Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.
All change is a miracle to contemplate, but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.
I believe that men are generally still a little afraid of the dark, though the witches are all hung.
A lake is a landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.
Poverty ... It is life near the bone, where it is sweetest.
The intellect is a cleaver; it discerns and rifts its way into the secrets of things.
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.
I fear that I have not got much to say about Canada, not having seen much; what I got by going to Canada was a cold.
What a healthy out-of-door appetite it takes to relish the apple of life, the apple of the world, then!
Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.
Nature is slow, but sure; she works no faster than need be; she is the tortoise that wins the race by her perseverance.
Not secondary to the sun, she gives us his blaze again, Void of its flame, and sheds a softer day... In Heaven queen she is among the spheres; She, mistress-like, makes all things to be pure.
How can he remember well his ignorance--which his growth requires--who has so often to use his knowledge?
The stars are the jewels of the night, and perchance surpass anything which day has to show.
The stars are the jewels of the night, and perchance surpass anything which day has to show. A companion with whom I was sailing one very windy but bright moonlight night, when the stars were few and faint, thought that a man could get along with them,-though he was considerably reduced in his circumstances,-that they were a kind of bread and cheese that never failed.
So soon did we, wayfarers, begin to learn that man's life is rounded with the same few facts, the same simple relations everywhere, and it is vain to travel to find it new.
The perch swallows the grub-worm, the pickerel swallows the perch, and the fisherman swallows the pickerel; and so all the chinks in the scale of being are filled.
Speech is for the convenience of those who are hard of hearing; but there are many fine things which we cannot say if we have to shout.
Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit.
All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.
It is dry, hazy June weather. We are more of the earth, farther from heaven these days.
I have no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.
I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.
One piece of good sense would be more memorable than a monument as high as the moon.
If a man is alive, there is always danger that he may die, though the danger must be allowed to be less in proportion as he is dead-and-alive to begin with. A man sits as many risks as he runs.
I do not wish, it happens, to be associated with Massachusetts, either in holding slaves or in conquering Mexico. I am a little better than herself in these respects.
The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.
You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind.
Enthusiasm is a supernatural serenity.
At death our friends and relatives either draw nearer to us and are found out, or depart farther from us and are forgotten. Friends are as often brought nearer together as separated by death.
There is no history of how bad became better.
To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.
To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning. It matters not what the clocks say or the attitudes and labors of men. Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me.
Amid a world of noisy, shallow actors it is noble to stand aside and say, 'I will simply be.'
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent.
The secret of achievement is to hold a picture of a successful outcome in mind.
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
That government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.
The voice of nature is always encouraging.
I have a room all to myself; it is nature.
Oh to reach the point of death and realize one has not lived at all.
I am struck by the simplicity of light in the atmosphere in the autumn, as if the earth absorbed none, and out of this profusion of dazzling light came the autumnal tints.
I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.
I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest. What force has a multitude? They can only force me who obey a higher law than I.... I do not hear of men being forced to live this way or that by masses of men. What sort of life were that to live?
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
I have an immense appetite for solitude, like an infant for sleep, and if I don't get enough for this year, I shall cry all the next.
The best thing a man can do for his culture when he is rich is to endeavor to carry out those schemes which he entertained when he was poor.
Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail.
I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion. I would rather ride on earth in an ox cart, with a free circulation, than go to heaven in the fancy car of an excursion train and breathe a malaria all the way.
Spring-an experience in immortality.
What fire could ever equal the sunshine of a winter's day?
My Thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite -- only a sense of existence.
I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone.
I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates his fate.
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
For a man to act himself, he must be perfectly free; otherwise he is in danger of losing all sense of responsibility or of self- respect.
Men talk of freedom! How many are free to think? Free from fear, from perturbation, from prejudice? Nine hundred and ninety-nine in a thousand are perfect slaves.
The man who takes the liberty to live is superior to all the laws, by virtue of his relation to the lawmaker.
We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defenses only of freedom. It is our children's children who may perchance be really free.
Every path but your own is the path of fate. Keep on your own track, then.
On tops of mountains, as everywhere to hopeful souls, it is always morning.
Friends… they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.
Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.
Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.
Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
In wilderness is the preservation of the world.
I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another.
How many things there are concerning which we might well deliberate whether we had better know them.
I have seen how the foundations of the world are laid, and I have not the least doubt that it will stand a good while.
May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love!
I have found that hollow, which even I had relied on for solid.
Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounder.
Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.
A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.
All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.
There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor.
There is always a present and extant life, be it better or worse, which all combine to uphold.
Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars.
There never was and is not likely soon to be a nation of philosophers, nor am I certain it is desirable that there should be.
Faith never makes a confession.
It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.
Those whom we can love, we can hate; to others we are indifferent.
'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.
Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
Being is the great explainer.
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.
What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.
The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
Front yards are not made to walk in, but, at most, through, and you could go in the back way.
Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated.
If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.
If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.
It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
In the meanest are all the materials of manhood, only they are not rightly disposed.
There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.
An unclean person is universally a slothful one.
I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.
Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
lBooks are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not refuse them. Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind.
The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.
It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
To be awake is to be alive.
lTo be awake is to be completely alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.
How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?
Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
The universe is wider than our views of it.
Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
I often visited a particular plant four or five miles distant, half a dozen times within a fortnight, that I might know exactly when it opened.
It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
God reigns when we take a liberal view, when a liberal view is presented to us.
How can any man be weak who dares to be at all?
Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.
It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
To be admitted to Nature's hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.
It is too late to be studying Hebrew; it is more important to understand even the slang of today.
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.
Instead of noblemen, let us have noble villages of men.
That government is best which governs least.
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.
Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this, or the like of this. I wish to live ever as to derive my satisfactions and inspirations from the commonest events, everyday phenomena, so that what my senses hourly perceive, my daily walk, the conversation of my neighbors, may inspire me, and I may dream of no heaven but that which lies about me.
Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.
Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
Men have become the tools of their tools.
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.
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