I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true of human beings. We do not wish to see children precocious, making great strides in their early years like sprouts, producing a soft and perishable timber, but better
I am never rich in money, and I am never meanly poor.
Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligatio
The way by which you may get money almost without exception leads downward.
Fresh curls spring from the baldest brow. There is nothing inorganic.
Every sentence is the result of a long probation.
. . . I was rich, if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days. . . .
It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves.
What would human life be without forests, those natural cities?
Yet the New Testament treats of man and man's so-called spiritual affairs too exclusively, and is too constantly moral and personal, to alone content me, who am not interested solely in man's religious or moral nature, or in man even.
How can he remember well his ignorance - which his growth requires - who has so often to use his knowledge?
What other words, we may almost ask, are memorable and worthy to be repeated than those which love has inspired? It is wonderful that they were ever uttered. They are few and rare indeed, but, like a strain of music, they are incessantly repeated and modulated by the memory. All other words crumble
But labor of the hands, even when pursued to the verge of drudgery, is perhaps never the worst form of idleness. It has a constantand imperishable moral, and to the scholar it yields a classic result.
Knowledge is to be acquired only by a corresponding experience. How can we know what we are told merely? Each man can interpret another's experience only by his own.
Faint heart never won true friend. O my friend, may it come to pass, once, that when you are my friend I may be yours.
True kindness is a pure divine affinity, Not founded upon human consanguinity. It is a spirit, not a blood relation, Superior to family and station.
I have received no more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage.
In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs.
What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.
We communicate like the burrows of foxes, in silence and darkness, under ground. We are undermined by faith and love.
We falsely attribute to men a determined character - putting together all their yesterdays - and averaging them - we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support - it is worse than a large family - he is the silent poor indeed.
Music is the crystallization of sound.
What avails it that another loves you, if he does not understand you? Such love is a curse.
While the Republic has already acquired a history world-wide, America is still unsettled and unexplored. Like the English in New Holland, we live only on the shores of a continent even yet, and hardly know where the rivers come from which float our navy.
We should impart our courage and not our despair.
As for the pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some ambitious booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to have drowned in the Nile, and then given his body to the dogs
I am sure that I never read any memorable news in a newspaper.
The customs of some savage nations might, perchance, be profitably imitated by us, for they at least go through the semblance of casting their slough annually; they have the idea of the thing, whether they have the reality or not.
If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth--certainly the machine will wear outâ€¦ but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law. Let your
The unconsciousness of man is the consciousness of God.