There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
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.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
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.
The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.
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?
The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.
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.
The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
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.
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
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.
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
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.
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.
As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
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.
It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
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.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
The language of friendship is not words , but rather meanings. It is an intelligence above language.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
lIt's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see - i.e. compare it to, something worse or better, that determines whether you are respectively grateful and happy or ungrateful and bitter.
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.
It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
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.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
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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