It the proof of high culture to say the greatest matters in the simplest way.
All the great ages have been ages of belief.
Calmness is always godlike.
Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
You will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.
The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.
The foundations of a person are not in matter but in spirit.
Teach that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake.
If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.
Sympathy is a supporting atmosphere, and in it we unfold easily and well.
No sensible person ever made an apology.
Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.
Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves.
You are constantly invited to be what you are.
Real action is in silent moments.
Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One.
The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.
The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most. The power which the sea requires in the sailor makes a man of him very fast, and the change of shores and population clears his head of much nonsense of his wigwam.
Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions. The surest poison is time.
Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions; the surest poison is time. This cup which nature puts to our lips, has a wonderful virtue, surpassing that of any other draught. It opens the senses, adds power, fills us with exalted dreams, which we call hope, love, ambition, science; especially it creates a craving for larger draughts of itself.
Nature is methodical, and doeth her work well. Time is never to be hurried.
Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy.
Society is a wave. The wave moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not.
There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.
A nation never falls but by suicide.
A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.
Men are better than their theology.
Happy is the house that shelters a friend.
Happy is the house that shelters a friend! It might well be built, like a festal bower or arch, to entertain him a single day. Happier, if he know the solemnity of that relation, and honor its law! He offers himself a candidate for that covenant comes up, like an Olympian, to the great games, where the first- born of the world are the competitors.
All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.
The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe, or where it will end. There is not a piece of science, but its flank may be turned to-morrow; there is not any literary reputation, not the so-called eternal names of fame, that may not be revised and condemned. The very hopes of man, the thoughts of his heart, the religion of nations, the manner and morals of mankind, are all at the mercy of a new generalization. Generalization is always a new influx of the divinity into the mind. Hence the thrill that attends it.
Life consists of what man is thinking about all day.
Skill to do comes of doing.
The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.
Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words, and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks loquacity.
The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.
Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.
Never read any book that is not a year old.
In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.
The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means to an education.
The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.
The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do. It is chosen and foreordained and he only holds the key to his own secret.
The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.
The characteristic of a genuine heroism is its persistency.
The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.
Whatever limits us we call fate.
We are immersed in beauty, but our eyes have no clear vision.
Let him go where he will, he can only find so much beauty or worth as he carries.
The world globes itself in a drop of dew.
Nature hates monopolies and exceptions.
Nature hates monopolies and exceptions. The waves of the sea do not more speedily seek a level from their loftiest tossing, than the varieties of condition tend to equalize themselves. There is always some leveling circumstance that puts down the overbearing, the strong, the rich, the fortunate, substantially on the same ground with all others.
The love that you withhold is the pain that you carry.
There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. 'Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night's lodging. 'Tis better to be hospitable to his good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion. We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.
Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have was never large enough to cover.
The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.
An original sentence, a step forward, is worth more than all the censures.
He who has put forth his total strength in fit actions, has the richest return of wisdom.
The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely.
No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, there can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.
Do not believe that possibly you can escape the reward of your action.
A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.
Violence is not power, but the absence of power.
Each of us sees in others what we carry in our own hearts.
Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody.
Thought is the seed of action.
Thought is the seed of action; but action is as much its second form as thought is its first. It rises in thought, to the end that it may be uttered and acted. Always in proportion to the depth of its sense does it knock importunately at the gates of the soul, to be spoken, to be done.
The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.
Do the thing and you will have the power.
A man is a god in ruins.
A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.
Live well, learn plenty, laugh often, love much.
Valor consists in the power of self recovery.
Life is our dictionary.
Life is a journey, not a destination.
We become what we think about all day long.
Our strength grows out of our weakness.
You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore.
If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend.
Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius, the stern friend, the cold, obscure shelter where moult the wings which will bear it farther than suns and stars.
A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.
Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.
Beware what you set your heart upon. For it surely shall be yours.
People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.
The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.
Character is higher than intellect.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Self-command is the main elegance.
Every wall is a door.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide.
Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.
If you cannot be free be as free as you can.
Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.
Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.
Our distrust is very expensive.
Self-trust is the first secret of success.
Self-trust is the first secret of success, the belief that if you are here the authorities of the universe put you here, and for cause, or with some task strictly appointed you in your constitution, and so long as you work at that you are well and successful.
Self-trust is the essence of heroism.
Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seated at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being.
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.
The world belongs to the energetic.
Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.
Frankness invites frankness.
Truth, and goodness, and beauty are but different faces of the same all.
Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.
The reason why men do not obey us, is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more.
Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.
Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.
Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed. When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost work but the solidest things we know.
It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.
The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.
Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?
There is more difference in the quality of our pleasures than in the amount.
There is an optical illusion about every person we meet.
Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never.
There is always safety in valor.
Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words.
Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
The ancestor of every action is a thought.
The ancestor of every action is thought; when we understand that we begin to comprehend that our world is governed by thought and that everything without had its counterpart originally within the mind.
We acquire the strength we have overcome.
Genius always finds itself a century too early.
Children are all foreigners.
Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.
Reality is a sliding door.
No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
There is a tendency for things to right themselves.
There is a tendency in things to right themselves, and the war or revolution or bankruptcy that shatters rotten system, allows things to take a new and natural order.
People that seem so glorious are all show; underneath they are like everyone else.
We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.
In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?
There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.
Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.
Every burned book enlightens the world.
Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.
Power and speed be hands and feet.
Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.
The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.
Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.
Getting old is a fascinating thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.
The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.
The desire of gold is not for gold. It is not the love of much wheat, and wool and household stuff. It is the means of freedom and benefit.
What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.
Preaching is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life.
Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue.
A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue. Then he is instructed in what is set above him. He learns that his being is without bound; that to the good, to the perfect, he is born, low as he now lies in evil and weakness.
People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know.
The highest revelation is that God is in every man.
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
As soon as there is life there is danger.
The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact. Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind, and that state of the mind can only be described by presenting that natural appearance as its picture.
I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.
America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination.
America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.
We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.
We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.
As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
A good indignation brings out all one's powers.
Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.
The reward of a thing well done is having done it.
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.
God enters by a private door into every individual.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Men are what their mothers made them.
Men are what their mothers made them. You may as well ask a loom which weaves huckabuck why it does not make cashmere as to expect poetry from this engineer or a chemical discovery from that jobber.
Pictures must not be too picturesque.
The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation.
In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.
Revolutions go not backward.
America is another name for opportunity.
America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race.
The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society.
Our best thoughts come from others.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
People only see what they are prepared to see. If you look for what is good and what you can be grateful for you will find it everywhere.
To be great is to be misunderstood.
Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
I think we must get rid of slavery, or we must get rid of freedom.
Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.
For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
We must be our own before we can be another's.
Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force -- that thoughts rule the world.
Science does not know its debt to imagination.
Science does not know its debt to imagination. Goethe did not believe that a great naturalist could exist without this faculty.
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