Ralph Waldo Emerson

United States writer and leading exponent of transcendentalism (1803-1882)

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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could some blunders and absurdities have crept in forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.Rate it:
Always do what you are afraid to do.Rate it:
Be and not seem.Rate it:
Every artist was first an amateur.Rate it:
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.Rate it:
A chief event in life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.Rate it:
A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.Rate it:
All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.Rate it:
Be careful what you set your heart on, for it will surely be yours.Rate it:
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,Here once the embattled farmers stood,And fired the shot heard round the world.Rate it:
Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarceRate it:
It is not length of life, but depth of life.Rate it:
It is very hard to be simple enough to be good.Rate it:
Make yourself necessary to somebody. Do not make life hard to any.Rate it:
People only see what they are prepared to see.Rate it:
Skill to do comes of doing.Rate it:
Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,Then beauty is its own excuse for beingWhy thou wert there, O rival of the roseI never sought to ask, I never knewBut, in my simple ignorance supposeThe selfsame power that brought me there brought you.Rate it:
The glory of friendship is not the outstreched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.Rate it:
The man is only half himself, the other half is his expression.Rate it:
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.Rate it:
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us.Rate it:
When you strike at a king, you must kill him.Rate it:
Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.Rate it:
Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.Rate it:
In the woods is perpetual youth.Rate it:
A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.Rate it:
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.Rate it:
If a man knows the law, find out, though he live in a pine shanty, and resort to him. And if a man can pipe or sing, so as to wrap the imprisoned soul in an elysium; or can paint a landscape, and convey into souls and ochres all the enchantments of Spring or Autumn; or can liberate and intoxicate all people who hear him with delicious songs and verses; it is certain that the secret cannot be kept; the first witness tells it to a second, and men go by fives and tens and fifties to his doors.Rate it:
The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.Rate it:
The Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.Rate it:
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild airRate it:
As soon as there is life there is danger.Rate it:
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.Rate it:
One man's justice is another's injustice one man's beauty another's ugliness one man's wisdom another's folly.Rate it:
To laugh often and much to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others to leave the world a little better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.Rate it:
Every sweet has its sour every evil its good.Rate it:
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.Rate it:
Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.Rate it:
All mankind love a lover.Rate it:
It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.Rate it:
I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.Rate it:
Life is a festival only to the wise.Rate it:
The things taught in colleges and schools are not an education, but the means of education.Rate it:
Whoever is open, loyal, true of humane and affable demeanour honourable himself, and in his judgement of others faithful to his word as to law, and faithful alike to God and man....such a man is a true gentleman.Rate it:
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines.Rate it:
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.Rate it:
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.Rate it:
A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.Rate it:
A good intention but fixed and resolute - bent on high and holy ends, we shall find means to them on every side and at every moment; and even obstacles and opposition will but make us "like the fabled specter-ships," which sail the fastest in the very teeth of the wind.Rate it:
A good intention clothes itself with power.Rate it:
A man builds a fine house and now he has a master, and a task for life he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.Rate it:
A man is related to all nature.Rate it:
A man makes inferiors his superiors by heat; self-control is the rule.Rate it:
A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.Rate it:
A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam that flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his own thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts they come back to us with a sort of alienated majesty.Rate it:
A man's wife has more power over him than the state has.Rate it:
A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree or draw a child by studying the outlines of its form merely . . . but by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature and can then draw him at every attitude . . .Rate it:
A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.Rate it:
A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can.Rate it:
A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.Rate it:
Adopt the pace of nature.Rate it:
All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive.Rate it:
All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of you first.Rate it:
All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.Rate it:
All life is an experiment.Rate it:
All life is an experiment. The more experiments yoiu make the better.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
As we grow oldthe beauty steals inward.Rate it:
As we grow old…the beauty steals inward.Rate it:
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.Rate it:
Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory.Rate it:
Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.Rate it:
Before we acquire great power, we must acquire wisdom to use it well.Rate it:
Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul unbelief, in denying them.Rate it:
Better to be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo.Rate it:
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.Rate it:
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.Rate it:
By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.Rate it:
Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.Rate it:
Character is what can do without success.Rate it:
Children are all foreigners.Rate it:
Cities force growth and make people talkative and entertaining, but they also make them artificial.Rate it:
Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints.Rate it:
Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass.Rate it:
Common sense is as rare as genius.Rate it:
Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol, and an audience is electrified.Rate it:
Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors.Rate it:
Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practising every day while they live.Rate it:
Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.Rate it:
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.Rate it:
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.Rate it:
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.Rate it:
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.Rate it:
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.Rate it:
Do not say things. What you are stands over you the while and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.Rate it:
Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.Rate it:
Do what you know and perception is converted into character.Rate it:
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.Rate it:
Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.Rate it:
Each man has his own vocation his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.Rate it:
Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well -- he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.Rate it:
Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well. He has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.Rate it:
Every burned book or house enlightens the world every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.Rate it:
Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm.Rate it:
Every hero becomes a bore at last.Rate it:
Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.Rate it:
Every man I meet is in some way my superior.Rate it:
Every man is a divinity in disguise, a God playing the fool.Rate it:
Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind.Rate it:
Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good.Rate it:
Fame is proof that people are gullible.Rate it:
Far or forgot to me is nearShadow and sunlight are the sameThe vanished gods to me appearAnd one to me are shame and fame.They reckon ill who leave me outWhen me they fly, I am the wingsI am the doubter and the doubt,And I the hymn the Brahmin sings.Rate it:
Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.Rate it:
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.Rate it:
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely...Rate it:
Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance.Rate it:
For everything you have missed, you have gained something else and for everything you gain, you lose something.Rate it:
For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure.Rate it:
Four snakes gliding up and down a hollow for no purpose that I could see -- not to eat, not for love, but only gliding.Rate it:
Give all to love obey thy heart.Rate it:
Give all to love; obey thy heart.Rate it:
Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.Rate it:
God enters by a private door into every individual.Rate it:
Great men are they who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.Rate it:
Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.Rate it:
Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.Rate it:
Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others with out getting a few drops on yourself.Rate it:
He is great who confers the most benefits.Rate it:
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invated by worry, fret and anxiety.Rate it:
He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.Rate it:
He who has a thousand friendsHas not a friend to spare,While he who has one enemyShall meet him everywhere.Rate it:
He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.Rate it:
He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.Rate it:
Heaven always bears some proportion to earth. The god of the cannibal will be a cannibal, of the crusades a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.Rate it:
Here is the world, sound as a nut, perfect, not the smallest piece of chaos left, never a stitch nor an end, not a mark of haste, or botching, or second thought; but the theory of the world is a thing of shreds and patches.Rate it:
Hitch your wagon to a star.Rate it:
I am sure of this, that by going much alone a man will get more of a noble courage in thought and word than from all the wisdom that is in books.Rate it:
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.Rate it:
I awoke with devout thanksgiving for my friends.Rate it:
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show for any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.Rate it:
I hate quotations.Rate it:
I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.Rate it:
I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquillity which religion is powerless to bestow.Rate it:
I like to have a man's knowledge comprehend more than one class of topics, one row of shelves. I like a man who likes to see a fine barn as well as a good tragedy.Rate it:
I look on that man as happy, who, when there is question of success, looks into his work for a reply.Rate it:
I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the Stern Fact, the Sad Self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.Rate it:
I see her not dispirited, not weak, but well, remembering that she has seen dark times before, indeed with a kind of instinct that she sees a little better in a cloudy day.Rate it:
I used to always think that I'd look back on us crying and laugh, but, I never thought I'd look back on us laughing and cry.Rate it:
Ideas must work through the brains and arms of men, or they are no better than dreams.Rate it:
Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.Rate it:
If a man knew anything, he would sit in a corner and be modest; but he is such an ignorant peacock, that he goes bustling up and down, and hits on extraordinary discoveries.Rate it:
If eyes were made for seeing,
Then Beauty is its own excuse for being.
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If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.Rate it:
If man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.Rate it:
If there is any period one would desire to be born in, is it not the age of Revolution when the old and the new stand side by side...when the glories of the old can be compensated by the rich possibilities of the new era This time...is a very good one...Rate it:
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.Rate it:
If you can not find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it Dogen Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul unbelief, denying them.Rate it:
Imitation is suicide.Rate it:
Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.Rate it:
In England every man you meet is some man's son in America, he may be some man's father.Rate it:
In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.Rate it:
In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.Rate it:
In the matter of religion, people eagerly fasten their eyes on the difference between their own creed and yours whilst the charm of the study is in finding the agreements and identities in all the religions of humanity.Rate it:
Insist 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... Do that which is assigned to you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.Rate it:
Insist on yourself never imitate... Every great man is unique.Rate it:
Insist on yourself; never imitate... Every great man is unique.Rate it:
Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such who are in the institution wish to get out and such as are out wish to get in.Rate it:
It is commonly observed that a sudden wealth, like a prize drawn in a lottery or a large bequest to a poor family, does not permanently enrich. They have served no apprenticeship to wealth, and with the rapid wealth come rapid claims which they do not know how to deny, and the treasure is quickly dissipated.Rate it:
It is impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself.Rate it:
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.Rate it:
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.Rate it:
It makes a great difference in the force of a sentence, whether a man be behind it or no.Rate it:
It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age.Rate it:
Knowledge exists to be imparted.Rate it:
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.Rate it:
Let not a man guard his dignity, but let his dignity guard him.Rate it:
Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.Rate it:
Life is a progress, and not a station.Rate it:
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.Rate it:
Life is eating us up. We shall be fables presently. Keep cool it will be all one a hundred years hence.Rate it:
Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful.Rate it:
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…Rate it:
Love and you shall be loved.Rate it:
Love is the essence of God.Rate it:
Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner.Rate it:
Men are what their mothers made them.Rate it:
Men cease to interest us when we find their limitations. The only sin is limitation. As soon as you once come up with a man's limitations, it is all over with him.Rate it:
Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.Rate it:
Money often costs too much.Rate it:
Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.Rate it:
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshineRate it:
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.Rate it:
My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock, should find the time in my face.Rate it:
Nature hates calculators.Rate it:
Nature is a mutable cloud, which is always and never the same.Rate it:
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.Rate it:
Never read a book that is not a year old.Rate it:
Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.Rate it:
Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.Rate it:
No facts are to me sacred none are profane I simply experiment, an endless seeker with no Past at my back.Rate it:
No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.Rate it:
No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.Rate it:
None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.Rate it:
None of us will every accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.Rate it:
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.Rate it:
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.Rate it:
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.Rate it:
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind.Rate it:
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.Rate it:
Nothing, at last, is sacred; but the integrity of your own mind.Rate it:
Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success.Rate it:
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.Rate it:
One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.Rate it:
Only those books come down which deserve to last . All the gilt edges, vellum and morocco, all the presentation copies to all the libraries will not preserve a book in circulation beyond its intrinsic date.Rate it:
Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.Rate it:
Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.Rate it:
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.Rate it:
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.Rate it:
People wish to be settled. It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them.Rate it:
Proverbs are the literature of reason, or the statements of absolute truth, without qualification. Like the sacred books of each nation, they are the sanctuary of its intuitions.Rate it:
Real friendship is shown in times of trouble prosperity is full of friends.Rate it:
Science does not know its debt to imagination. Goethe did not believe that a great naturalist could exist without this faculty.Rate it:
Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.Rate it:
Self-trust is the essence of heroismRate it:
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.Rate it:
So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours.Rate it:
So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains.Rate it:
Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity.Rate it:
Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.Rate it:
Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.Rate it:
Sooner of later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song.Rate it:
Speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.Rate it:
Spiritual force is stronger than material force thoughts rule the world.Rate it:
Take egotism out and you would castrate the benefactors.Rate it:
The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem.Rate it:
The ancestor of every action is a thought.Rate it:
The angels are so enamoured of the language that is spoken in heaven, that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether there be any who understand it or not.Rate it:
The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.Rate it:
The bitterest tragic element in life to be derived from an intellectual source is the belief in a brute Fate or Destiny.Rate it:
The education of the will is the object of our existence.Rate it:
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.Rate it:
The essence of all jokes, of all comedy, seems to be an honest or well intended halfness; a non performance of that which is pretended to be performed, at the same time that one is giving loud pledges of performance. The balking of the intellect, is comedy and it announces itself in the pleasant spasms we call laughter.Rate it:
The faith that stand on authority is not faith.Rate it:
The first wealth is health.Rate it:
The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.Rate it:
The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.Rate it:
The greatest homage we can pay truth is to use it.Rate it:
The imbecility of men is always inviting the impudence of power.Rate it:
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the ordinary.Rate it:
The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.Rate it:
The less government we have the better.Rate it:
The life of man is the true romance, which when it is valiantly conduced, will yield the imagination a higher joy than any fiction.Rate it:
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.Rate it:
The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men around to his opinion twenty years later.Rate it:
The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed there is no winter and no night all tragedies, all ennuis, vanish,-all duties even.Rate it:
The more he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.Rate it:
The next thing to saying a good thing yourself, is to quote one.Rate it:
The only gift is a portion of thyself.Rate it:
The only reward of virtue is virtue the only way to have a friend is to be one.Rate it:
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.Rate it:
The only way to have a friend is to be oneRate it:
The only way to have a friend is to be one.Rate it:
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.Rate it:
The people are to be taken in very small doses.Rate it:
The peril of every fine faculty is the delight of playing with it for pride. Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character, and the greater it grows, the more is the mischief. Talent is mistaken for genius, a dogma or system for truth, ambition for greatest, ingenuity for poetry, sensuality for art.Rate it:
The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried.Rate it:
The reason why all men honor love is because it looks up, and not down aspires and not despairs.Rate it:
The reason why men do not obey us is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.Rate it:
The reliance on property is...the want of self-reliance. Men measure the esteem of each other by what each has, and not by what each is. But a cultivated man becomes ashamed of his property...(Essays)Rate it:
The reward for a thing well done is to have done it.Rate it:
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.Rate it:
The sea, washing the equator and the poles, offers its perilous aid, and the power and empire that follow it... Beware of me, it says, but if you can hold me, I am the key to all the lands.Rate it:
The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause.Rate it:
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.Rate it:
The thirst for adventure is the vent which Destiny offers a war, a crusade, a gold mine, a new country, speak to the imagination and offer swing and play to the confined powers.Rate it:
The truth, the hope of any time, must always be sought in minorities.Rate it:
The wise man always throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak point.Rate it:
The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.Rate it:
The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.Rate it:
The world belongs to the energetic.Rate it:
The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.Rate it:
The years teach much which the days never knew.Rate it:
There are always those who think they know what is your responsibility better than you do.Rate it:
There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.Rate it:
There are two classes of poets - the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love.Rate it:
There is always room for a man of force, and he makes room for many.Rate it:
There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.Rate it:
There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.Rate it:
There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge, and fox, and squirrel.Rate it:
There is no thought in any mind, but it quickly tends to convert itself into a power.Rate it:
There is nothing capricious in nature and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feel it.Rate it:
They can conquer who believe they can. He has not learned the first lesson in life who does not every day surmount a fear.Rate it:
They say the cows laid out Boston. Well, there are worse surveyors.Rate it:
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.Rate it:
This world we live in is but thickened light.Rate it:
Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.Rate it:
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.Rate it:
Thought is the blossom language the bud action the fruit behind it.Rate it:
Thought is the seed of action.Rate it:
Tis the good reader that makes the good book.Rate it:
To be great is to be misunderstood.Rate it:
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men-that is genius.Rate it:
To fill the hour-that is happiness.Rate it:
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.Rate it:
To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.Rate it:
To know one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.Rate it:
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch of a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.Rate it:
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.Rate it:
To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world sparkles with light.Rate it:
To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.Rate it:
Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions the surest poison is time.Rate it:
Trust men and they will be true to you treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.Rate it:
Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.Rate it:
Truth is beautiful, without doubt but so are lies.Rate it:
Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.Rate it:
Truth is the summit of being justice is the application of it to affairs.Rate it:
Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs.Rate it:
Universities are of course hostile to geniuses, which, seeing and using ways of their own, discredit the routine as churches and monasteries persecute youthful saints.Rate it:
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.Rate it:
We aim above the mark to hit the mark.Rate it:
We are born believing. A man bears beliefs, as a tree bears apples.Rate it:
We are born believing. A man bears beliefs, as a tree bears beauty.Rate it:
We are prisoners of ideas.Rate it:
We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing.Rate it:
We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation-rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.Rate it:
We are students of words; we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thingRate it:
We become what we think about all day long.Rate it:
We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.Rate it:
We do what we must, and call it by the best names.Rate it:
We know better than we do. We do not yet possess ourselves.Rate it:
We take care of our health, we lay up money, we make our roof tight and our clothing sufficient, but who provides wisely that he shall not be wanting the best property of all -- friends?Rate it:
What a new face courage puts on everything.Rate it:
What a searching preacher of self-command is the varying phenomenon of health.Rate it:
What can we see, read, acquire, but ourselves. Take the book, my friend, and read your eyes out, you will never find there what I find.Rate it:
What greater pain could mortals have than this To see their children dead before their eyesRate it:
What I must do is all that concerns me. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.Rate it:
What is a weed A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.Rate it:
What is the hardest thing in the world To think.Rate it:
What omniscience has music! So absolutely impersonal, yet every sufferer feels his secret sorrow soothed.Rate it:
What we call results are beginnings.Rate it:
What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour.Rate it:
What you are shouts so loud in my ears I cannot hear what you say.Rate it:
What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.Rate it:
Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs.Rate it:
When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.Rate it:
When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.Rate it:
When it is darkest, men see the stars.Rate it:
Who so would be a man, must be a nonconformist.Rate it:
Whoever is open, loyal, true; of humane and affable demeanour; honourable himself, and in his judgement of others; faithful to his word as to law, and faithful alike to God and man....such a man is a true gentleman.Rate it:
Wit makes its own welcome and levels all distinctions.Rate it:
Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.Rate it:
Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.Rate it:
Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance.Rate it:
Work is victory.Rate it:
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he know that every day is Doomsday.Rate it:
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.Rate it:
You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong.Rate it:
You must pay for conformity. All goes well as long as you run with conformists. But you, who are honest men in other particulars, know that there is alive somewhere a man whose honesty reaches to this point also, that he shall not kneel to false gods, and, on the day when you meet him, you sink into the class of counterfeits.Rate it:

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