Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol and an audience is electrified.
Good nature is stronger than tomahawks.
Most of the great results of history are brought about by discreditable means.
As a man thinketh, so is he, and as a man chooseth, so is he.
Is the acorn better than the oak which is its fullness and completion?
The experience of each new age requires a new confession, and the world seems always waiting for its poet.
Inaction is cowardice, but there can be no scholar without the heroic mind.
Of course, he who has put forth his total strength in fit actions, has the richest return of wisdom.
Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst...They are for nothing but to inspire.
Books are the best of things if well used; if abused, among the worst. They are good for nothing but to inspire. I had better never see a book than be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system.
The noblest ministry of nature is to stand as the apparition of God.
Let us interrogate the great apparition, that shines so peacefully around us.
Art is the path of the creator to his work.
We fly to beauty as an asylum from the terrors of finite nature.
Never miss an opportunity of noticing anything of beauty .
Let not the author eat up the man, so that he shall be all balcony and no house.
It is one soul which animates all men.
It is one light which beams out of a thousand stars. It is one soul which animates all men
What is there of the divine in a load of brick? What ... in a barber shop? ... Much. All.
Slavery is an institution for converting men into monkeys.
Every evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor.
Men who know the same things are not long the best company for each other.
Our best history is still poetry.
Let us not forget the genial miraculous force we have known to proceed from a book.
Blessed are those who have no talent!
The cannon will not suffer any other sound to be heard for miles and for years around it.
Half a man's wisdom goes with his courage.
Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.
What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour?
Cities force growth and make people talkative and entertaining, but they also make them artificial.
Cities force growth and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial. What possesses interest for us is thenatural of each, his constitutional excellence. This is forever a surprise, engaging and lovely; we cannot be satiated with knowing it, and about it; and it is this which the conversation with Nature cherishes and guards.
Must we always talk for victory, and never once for truth, for comfort, and joy?
The eyes of men converse as much as their tongues.
The eyes of men converse as much as their tongues, with the advantage that the ocular dialect needs no dictionary, but is understood all the world over.
Converse with a mind that is grandly simple, and literature looks like word-catching.
Converse with a mind that is grandly simple, and literature looks like word-catching. The simplest utterances are worthiest to bewritten, yet are they so cheap, and so things of course, that, in the infinite riches of the soul, it is like gathering a few pebbles off the ground, or bottling a little air in a phial, when the whole earth and the whole atmosphere are ours.
An artist spends himself like the crayon in his hand, till he is all gone.
Do not craze yourself with thinking, but go about your business anywhere.
Beauty is the pilot of the young soul.
People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad.
Don't ever give up on something or someone that you can't go a full day without thinking about.
In the uttermost meaning of the words, thought is devout, and devotion is thought. Deep calls unto deep.
Everything is made of one hidden stuff.
Commerce is a game of skill which everyone cannot play and few can play well.
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might.
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing do it with all your might. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective.
There is no one who does not exaggerate!
The chief value of the new fact is to enhance the great and constant fact of life.
How much finer things are in composition than alone.
The foolish man wonders at the unusual, but the wise man at the usual.
Society always consists in the greatest part, of young and foolish persons.
Society always consists, in greatest part, of young and foolish persons. The old, who have seen through the hypocrisy of the courts and statesmen, die, and leave no wisdom to their sons. They believe their own newspaper, as their fathers did at their age.
A forte always makes a foible.
Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line.
Give me insight into today and you may have the antique and future worlds.
Good thoughts are no better than good dreams if you don't follow through.
The good rain, like a bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.
The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
The true doctrine of omnipresence is, that God reappears with all his parts in every moss and cobweb.
For beauty is God's handwriting... And, thank God for it as a cup of His blessing.
Know then, that the world exists for you.
Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house a world; and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you. For you is the phenomenon perfect. What we are, that only can we see. All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do. Adam called his house, heaven and earth; Caesar called his house, Rome; you perhaps call yours, a cobler's trade; a hundred acres of ploughed land; or a scholar's garret. Yet line for line and point for point, your dominion is as great as theirs, though without fine names. Build, therefore, your own world.
The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue.
The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue; and no genius can long or often utter anything which is not invited and gladly entertained by men around him.
You need not fear to handle the truth roughly. She is no invalid.
Fame is proof that people are gullible.
Every man who would do anything well, must come to it from a higher ground.
With thought, with the ideal, is immortal hilarity, the rose of joy. Round it all the muses sing.
The lover is made happier by his love than the object of his affection.
The disease with which the human mind now labors is want of faith.
Classics which at home are drowsily read have a strange charm in a country inn, or in the transom of a merchant brig.
Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
A sage is the instructor of a hundred ages.
The whole value of the dime is in knowing what to do with it.
The reason why all men honor love is because it looks up, and not down; aspires and not despairs.
All substances the cunning chemist Time
Melts down into that liquor of my life.
Nature encourages no looseness; pardons no errors.
All life is an experiment.
All life is an experiment. Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right and a perfect contentment. I wish to write such rhymes as shall not suggest a restraint, but contrariwise the wildest freedom. Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
I always seem to suffer some loss of faith on entering cities.
Moderation in all things, especially moderation.
Democracy is morose, and runs to anarchy.
Great thoughts ensure musical expression.
Every word was once a poem. Every new relation is a new word.
There is properly no history, only biography.
We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.
We learn geology the morning after the earthquake, on ghastly diagrams of cloven mountains, upheaved plains, and the dry bed of the sea.
Better be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo.
He who would be a man must therefore be a non-conformist.
Other world? There is no other world; here or nowhere is the whole fact.
You must hear the birds song without attempting to render it into nouns and verbs.
No society can ever be so large as one man.
The soul circumscribes all things.
An orator or author is never successful till he has learned to make his words smaller than his ideas.
Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
lInsist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.
The ornaments of our homes are the friends that visit it.
Progress is the activity of today and the assurance of tomorrow.
You have a place to live in this world which no other man can occupy; hence no competitors.
The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried.
The pest of society is egotists.
The pest of society are the egotist, they are dull and bright, sacred and profane, course and fine. It is a disease that like the flu falls on all constitutions.
In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.
Philanthropies and charities have a certain air of quackery.
Welcome evermore to gods and men is the self-helping man.
Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
The soul knows only the soul; the web of events is the flowing robe in which she is clothed.
Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
The ship of heaven guides itself and will not accept a wooden rudder.
Who looks upon a river in a meditative hour and is not reminded of the flux of all things?
The creation of beauty is art.
All men are in some degree impressed by the face of the world; some men even to delight. This love of beauty is taste. Others have the same love in such success that, not content with admiring, they seek to embody it in new forms. The creation of beauty is art.
In self-trust all the virtues are comprehended.
If you are wise, you will dread a prosperity which only loads you with more.
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