Speech that leads not to action, still more that hinders it, is a nuisance on the earth.
The mystical bond of brotherhood makes all men brothers.
Poetry is the attempt which man makes to render his existence harmonious.
Without oblivion, there is no remembrance possible. When both oblivion and memory are wise, when the general soul of man is clear, melodious, true, there may come a modern Iliad as memorial of the Past.
The infinite, absolute character of Virtue has passed into a finite, conditional one; it is no longer a worship of the Beautiful and Good; but a calculation of the Profitable.
Painful for a person is rebellious independence, only in loving companionship with his associates does a person feel safe: Only in reverently bowing down before the higher does a person feel exalted.
God gave you that gifted tongue of yours, and set it between your teeth, to make known your true meaning to us, not to be rattled like a muffin man's bell.
All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls!
Let him who would move and convince others, be first moved and convinced himself.
Are not our greatest men as good as lost? The men that walk daily among us, warming us, feeding us, walk shrouded in darkness, mere mythic men.
There is so much data available to us, but most data won't help us succeed.
Labor, wide as the earth, has its summit in heaven.
Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.
It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics.
The great soul of this world is just.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.
Man is emphatically a proselytizing creature.
One monster there is in the world, the idle man.
The world is a thing that a man must learn to despise, and even to neglect, before he can learn to reverence it, and work in it and for it.
The fine arts once divorcing themselves from truth are quite certain to fall mad, if they do not die.
Ever, as before, does Madness remain a mysterious-terrific, altogether infernal boiling-up of the Nether Chaotic Deep, through this fair-painted Vision of Creation, which swims thereon, which we name the Real.
In no time whatever can small critics entirely eradicate out of living men's hearts a certain altogether peculiar collar reverence for Great Men -- genuine admiration, loyalty, adora-tion.
Genuine Work alone, what thou workest faithfully, that is eternal, as the Almighty Founder and World-Builder himself.
There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.
Unity, agreement, is always silent or soft-voiced; it is only discord that loudly proclaims itself.
Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness.
No nobler feeling than this, of admiration for one higher than himself, dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man's life.
Innumerable are the illusions and legerdemain-tricks of custom: but of all of these, perhaps the cleverest is her knack of persuading us that the miraculous, by simple repetition, ceases to be miraculous.
The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind.
Is there no God, then, but at best an absentee God, sitting idle, ever since the first Sabbath, at the outside of his Universe?
If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.
Habit is the deepest law of human nature.
The Builder of this Universe was wise, He plann'd all souls, all systems, planets, particles: The Plan He shap'd all Worlds and Æons by, Was-Heavens!-was thy small Nine-and-thirty Articles!
Creation is great, and cannot be understood.
A well written life is almost as rare as a well spent one.
The true epic of our times is not "Arm's and the Man," but "Tools and the Man" -- an infinitely wider kind of epic.
The essence of humor is sensibility; warm, tender fellow-feeling with all forms of existence.
Not our Logical, Mensurative faculty, but our Imaginative one is King over us; I might say, Priest and Prophet to lead us heavenward; or Magician and Wizard to lead us hellward.
Evil and good are everywhere, like shadow and substance; inseparable (for men) yet not hostile, only opposed.
A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the greatest man.
The glory of a workman, still more of a master workman, that he does his work well, ought to be his most precious possession; like the honor of a soldier, dearer to him than life.
The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart.
Roguery is thought by some to be cunning and laughable: it is neither; it is devilish.
Literature is the thought of thinking souls.
No good book or good thing of any kind shows it best face at first. No the most common quality of in a true work of art that has excellence and depth, is that at first sight it produces a certain disappointment.
Speech is too often not the art of concealing thought, but of quite stifling and suspending thought, so that there is none to conceal.
A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy.
We are not altogether here to tolerate. We are here to resist, to control and vanquish withal.
To say that we have a clear conscience is to utter a solecism; had we never sinned we should have had no conscience. Were defeat unknown, neither would victory be celebrated by songs of triumph.
It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.
Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind.
Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
One must verify or expel his doubts, and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO.
History is a mighty dramos, enacted upon the theatre of times, with suns for lamps and eternity for a background.
A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.
A Dandy is a clothes-wearing Man, a Man whose trade, office and existence consists in the wearing of clothes.
Earnestness alone makes life eternity.
There is precious instruction to be got by finding we were wrong.
And yet without labour there were no ease, no rest, so much as conceivable.
Great souls are always loyally submissive, reverent to what is over them: only small mean souls are otherwise.
Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.
The block of granite, which is an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
Stern accuracy in inquiring, bold imagination in describing, these are the cogs on which history soars or flutters and wobbles.
Well might the ancients make silence a god; for it is the element of all godhood, infinitude, or transcendental greatness, -- at once the source and the ocean wherein all such begins and ends.
If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated readings deserves to be read at all.
Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
Misery which, through long ages, had no spokesman, no helper, will now be its own helper and speak for itself.
If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.
Dinners are defined as 'the ultimate act of communion;' men that can have communion in nothing else, can sympathetically eat together, can still rise into some glow of brotherhood over food and wine.
Without kindness there can be no true joy.
Not only was Thebes built by the music of an Orpheus; but without the music of some inspired Orpheus was no city ever built, no work that man glories in ever done.
If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.
For suffering and enduring there is no remedy, but striving and doing.
Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.
Variety is the condition of harmony.
There is no permanent place in this universe for evil... Evil may hide behind this fallacy and that, but it will be hunted from fallacy to fallacy until there is no more fallacy for it to hide behind.
The hell of these days is the fear of not getting along, especially of not making money.
Society is founded on hero-worship.
Intellect is the soul of man, the only immortal part of him.
It is now almost my sole rule of life to clear myself of cants and formulas, as of poisonous Nessus shirts.
A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
Of all your troubles, great and small, the greatest are the ones that don't happen at all.
Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see further.
I don't like to talk much with people who always agree with me. It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while, but one soon tires of it.
A man -- be the heavens ever praised! -- is sufficient for himself.
Pain was not given thee merely to be miserable under; learn from it, turn it to account.
The spiritual is the parent of the practical.
No mortal has a right to wag his tongue, much less to wag his pen, without saying something.
The all importance of clothes has sprung up in the intellect of the dandy without effort, like an instinct of genius; he is inspired with clothes, a poet of clothes.
What this country needs is a man who knows God other than by heresay.
Enjoying things which are pleasant; that is not the evil; it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is.
If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.
A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.
Parliament will train you to talk; and above all things to hear, with patience, unlimited quantities of foolish talk.
Battles, in these ages, are transacted by mechanism; with the slightest possible development of human individuality or spontaneity; men now even die, and kill one another, in an artificial manner.
To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
Fancy that thou deservest to be hangedthou wilt feel it happiness to be only shot: fancy that thou deservest to be hanged ina hair halter, it will be a luxury to die in hemp.
He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
How, without clothes, could we possess the master organ, soul's seat and true pineal gland of the body social -- I mean a purse?
Is man's civilization only a wrappage, through which the savage nature of him can still burst, infernal as ever?
Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporter's gallery yonder, there sat a fourth estate more important far than they all.
To the vulgar eye, few things are wonderful that are not distant.
We observe with confidence that the truly strong mind, view it as intellect or morality, or under any other aspect, is nowise the mind acquainted with its strength; that here the sign of health is unconsciousness.
In idleness there is a perpetual despair.
There is but one temple in this Universe: The Body. We speak to God whenever we lay our hands upon it.
There can be no acting or doing of any kind till it be recognized that there is a thing to be done; the thing once recognized, doing in a thousand shapes becomes possible.
What an enormous magnifier is tradition! How a thing grows in the human memory and in the human imagination, when love, worship, and all that lies in the human heart, is there to encourage it.
Goethe's devil is a cultivated personage and acquainted with the modern sciences; sneers at witchcraft and the black art even while employing them, and doubts most things, nay, half disbelieves even his own existence.
If there be not a religious element in the relations of men, such relations are miserable and doomed to ruin.
Great is wisdom; infinite is the value of wisdom. It cannot be exaggerated; it is the highest achievement of man.
Caution is the lower story of prudence.
Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such: it is an accident, not a property, of a man; like light, it can give little or nothing, but at most may show what is given.
Rich as we are in biography, a well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one; and there are certainly many more men whose history deserves to be recorded than persons willing and able to record it.
It is in general more profitable to reckon up our defeats than to boast of our attainments.
In a different time, in a different place, it is always some other side of our common human nature that has been developing itself. The actual truth is the sum of all these.
Biography is the most universally pleasant and profitable of all reading.
Authors are the vanguard in the march of mind, the intellectual backwoodsmen, reclaiming from the idle wilderness new territories for the thought and activity of their happier brethren.
High Air-castles are cunningly built of Words, the Words well bedded also in good Logic-mortar; wherein, however, no Knowledge will come to lodge.
A collection of books is the best of all universities.
In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.
All great peoples are conservative.
Faith is loyalty to some inspired teacher, some spiritual hero.
An everlasting lodestar, that beams the brighter in the heavens the darker here on earth grows the night.
The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.
We remove mountains, and make seas our smooth highway; nothing can resist us. We war with rude Nature; and, by our resistless engines, come off always victorious, and loaded with spoils.
Why did not somebody teach me the constellations, and make me at home in the starry heavens, which are always overhead, and which I don't half know to this day?
What are your historical Facts still more your biographical Wilt thou know a man by stringing-together beadrolls of what thou namest Facts.
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
It is great, and there is no other greatness-to make one nook of God's Creation more fruitful, better, more worthy of God; to make some human heart a little wiser, manlier, happier-more blessed.
Self-contemplation is infallibly the symptom of disease.
Our very walking is an incessant falling; a falling and a catching of ourselves before we come actually to the pavement. It is emblematic of all things a man does.
Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.
Speech is silver, silence is golden.
To the wisest man, wide as is his vision. Nature remains of quite infinite depth, of quite infinite expansion and all experience thereof limits itself to some few computed centuries and measured square miles.
What are your Axioms, and Categories, and Systems, and Aphorisms? Words, words.... Be not the slave of Words.
Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so.
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Macaulay is well for awhile, but one wouldn't live under Niagara.
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
We do everything by custom, even believe by it; our very axioms, let us boast of free-thinking as we may, are oftenest simply such beliefs as we have never heard questioned.
On the whole, I would bid you stand up to your work, whatever it may be, and not be afraid of it; not in sorrows or contradictions to yield, but to push on towards the goal.
All comes out even at the end of the day.
A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.
Science has done much for us; but it is a poor science that would hide from us the great deep sacred infinitude of Nescience, on which all science swims as a mere superficial film.
Once the mind has been expanded by a big idea, it will never go back to its original state.
To each is given a certain inward talent, a certain outward environment or fortune; to each by wisest combination of these two, a certain maximum capacity.
Success in life, in anything, depends upon the number of persons that one can make himself agreeable to.
Oh, give us the man who sings at his work.
The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity.
Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom.
Laissez-faire, supply and demand-one begins to be weary of all that. Leave all to egotism, to ravenous greed of money, of pleasure, of applause-it is the gospel of despair.
The dead are all holy, even they that were base and wicked while alive. Their baseness and wickedness was not they, was but the heavy and unmanageable environment that lay round them.
In the huge mass of evil as it rolls and swells, there is ever some good working toward deliverance and triumph.
Not what you possess but what you do with what you have, determines your true worth.
Naps are a way of traveling painlessly through time into the future.
The scandalous bronze-lacquer age of hungry animalisms, spiritual impotences, and mendacities, will have to run its course, till the pit follow it.
So here hath been dawning Another blue day; Think, wilt thou let it Slip useless away? Out of eternity This new day is born, Into eternity At night will return.
It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.
Prayer is and remains always a native and deepest impulse of the soul of man.
Laws themselves, political Constitutions, are not our Life; but only the house wherein our Life is led.
What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
The outer passes away; the innermost is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Acorns are planted silently by some unnoticed breeze.
Democracy will prevail when men believe the vote of Judas as good as that of Jesus Christ.
The crash of the whole solar and stellar systems could only kill you once.
The graceful minuet-dance of fancy must give place to the toilsome, thorny pilgrimage of understanding. On the transition from the age of romance to that of science.
A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards, but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads.
A man with a half volition goes backwards and forwards, and makes no way on the smoothest road; a man with a whole volition advances on the roughest, and will reach his purpose, if there be even a little worthiness in it. The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - a waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life and having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.
We are the miracle of miracles, the great inscrutable mystery of God.
Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.
History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
One life; a little gleam of Time between two Eternities; no second chance to us for evermore!
A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.
A fair day's wages for a fair day's work.
Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species.
The greatest mistake is to imagine that we never err.
Freedom is the one purport, wisely aimed at, or unwisely, of all man's struggles, toilings and sufferings, in this earth.
Intellect is not speaking and logicising; it is seeing and ascertaining.
A battle is a terrible conjugation of the verb to kill: I kill, thou killest, he kills, we kill, they kill, all kill.
What, in the devil's name, is the use of respectability, with never so many gigs and silver spoons, if thou inwardly art the pitifulness of all men?
The insignificant, the empty, is usually the loud; and after the manner of a drum, is louder even because of its emptiness.
The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was.
Speech is great, but silence is greater.
Might and right do differ frightfully from hour to hour, but then centuries to try it in, they are found to be identical.
How indestructibly the good grows, and propagates itself, even among the weedy entanglements of evil.
The purpose of man is in action not thought.
No country can find eternal peace and comfort where the vote of Judas Iscariot is as good as the vote of the Saviour of mankind.
Time has only a relative existence.
The public is anold woman.Let her maunderand mumble.
Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope.
They wrong man greatly who say he is to be seduced by ease. Difficulty, abnegation, martyrdom, death are the allurements that act on the heart of man.
Our life is not really a mutual helpfulness; but rather, it's fair competition cloaked under due laws of war; it's a mutual hostility.
The Christian must be consumed by the conviction of the infinite beauty of holiness and the infinite damnability of sin.
Violence does even justice unjustly.
The beginning of all wisdom is to look fixedly on clothes, or even with armed eyesight, till they become transparent.
Coining "Dismal Science" as a nickname for Political Economy.
At worst, is not this an unjust world, full of nothing but beasts of prey, four-footed or two-footed?
Lives the man that can figure a naked Duke of Windlestraw addressing a naked House of Lords?
When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
There is in man a higher than love of happiness; he can do without happiness, and instead thereof find blessedness.
Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.
Who is it that loves me and will love me forever with an affection which no chance, no misery, no crime of mine can do away? It is you, my mother.
History of the world is the biography of the great man. And I said: The great man always act like a thunder. He storms the skies, while others are waiting to be stormed.
Teaching school is but another word for sure and not very slow destruction.
A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
Worship is transcendent wonder.
For man is not the creature and product of Mechanism; but, in a far truer sense, its creator and producer.
With stupidity and sound digestion, man may front much.
The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.
History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.
Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can.
Ill-health, of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy!
Necessity dispenseth with decorum.
As there is no danger of our becoming, any of us, Mahometans (i.e. Muslim), I mean to say all the good of him I justly can.
Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us.
Habit and imitation -- there is nothing more perennial in us than these two. They are the source of all working, and all apprenticeship, of all practice, and all learning, in this world.
O poor mortals, how ye make this earth bitter for each other.
Alas! while the body stands so broad and brawny, must the soul lie blinded, dwarfed, stupefied, almost annihilated? Alas! this was, too, a breath of God, bestowed in heaven, but on earth never to be unfolded!
Endurance is patience concentrated.
In private life I never knew anyone interfere with other people's disputes but he heartily repented of it.
May blessings be upon the head of Cadmus, the Phoenicians, or whoever it was that invented books.
The first sin in our universe was Lucifer's self conceit.
It is not honest inquiry that makes anarchy; but it is error, insincerity, half belief and untruth that make it.
Skepticism means, not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt.
Skepticism, as I said, is not intellectual only; it is moral also; a chronic atrophy and disease of the whole soul. A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things. A sad case for him when all that he can manage to believe is something he can button in his pocket, and with one or the other organ eat and digest! Lower than that he will not get.
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.
The depth of our despair measures what capability and height of claim we have to hope.
There are female dandies as well as clothes-wearing men; and the former are as objectionable as the latter.
In a certain sense all men are historians.
A lie should be trampled on and extinguished wherever found. I am for fumigating the atmosphere when I suspect that falsehood, like pestilence, breathes around me.
Love not pleasure; love God. This is the Everlasting Yea, wherein all contradiction is solved.
All work of man is as the swimmer's: a vast ocean threatens to devour him; if he front it not bravely, it will keep its word.
No conquest can ever become permanent which does not show itself beneficial to the conquered as well as to the conquerors.
The eye sees what it brings the power to see.
It is well said, in every sense, that a man's religion is the chief fact with regard to him.
The mystery of a person, indeed, is ever divine to him that has a sense for the godlike.
We call that fire of the black thunder-cloud "electricity," and lecture learnedly about it, and grind the like of it out of glass and silk: but what is it? What made it? Whence comes it? Whither goes it?
A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.
The vulgarity of inanimate things requires time to get accustomed to; but living, breathing, bustling, plotting, planning, human vulgarity is a species of moral ipecacuanha, enough to destroy any comfort.
No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.
Oblivion is the dark page, whereon Memory writes her light-beam characters, and makes them legible; were it all light, nothing could be read there, any more than if it were all darkness.
The greatest of all heroes is One -- whom we do not name here! Let sacred silence meditate that sacred matter; you will find it the ultimate perfection of a principle extant throughout man's whole history on earth.
Labor is life: from the inmost heart of the worker rises his God-given force, the sacred celestial life-essence breathed into him by Almighty God!
Action hangs, as it were, dissolved in speech, in thoughts whereof speech is the shadow; and precipitates itself therefrom. The kind of speech in a man betokens the kind of action you will get from him.
I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
Wonder is the basis of worship.
Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.
Silence is the eternal duty of man.
In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.
Also, what mountains of dead ashes, wreck and burnt bones, does assiduous pedantry dig up from the past time and name it History.
The Orator persuades and carries all with him, he knows not how; the Rhetorician can prove that he ought to have persuaded and carried all with him.
If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth, is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?
A thought once awakened does not again slumber.
The greatest event for the world is the arrival of a new and wise person.
The king is the man who can.
The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist.
You can make even a parrot into a learned political economist -- all he must learn are the two words "supply" and "demand."
Little other than a red tape Talking-machine, and unhappy Bag of Parliamentary Eloquence.
If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say... Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear.
With union grounded on falsehood and ordering us to speak and act lies, we will not have anything to do. Peace? A brutal lethargy is peaceable; the noisome is peaceable. We hope for a living peace, not a dead one!
Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man.
The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.
Man, it is not thy works, which are mortal, infinitely little, and the greatest no greater than the least, but only the spirit thou workest in, that can have worth or continuance.
We arc the miracle of miracles, the great inscrutable mystery of God.
Midas-eared Mammonism, double-barrelled Dilettantism, and their thousand adjuncts and corollaries, are not the Law by which God Almighty has appointed this His universe to go.
If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.
Scarcely two hundred years back can Fame recollect articulately at all; and there she but maunders and mumbles.
The devil has his elect.
A stammering man is never a worthless one. Physiology can tell you why. It is an excess of sensibility to the presence of his fellow creature, that makes him stammer.
No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.
He who takes not counsel of the Unseen and Silent, from him will never come real visibility and speech.
The great silent man! Looking round on the noisy inanity of the world, -- words with little meaning, actions with little worth, -- one loves to reflect on the great Empire of Silence.
Of our thinking it is but the upper surface that we shape into articulate thought; underneath the region of argument and conscious discourse lies the region of meditation.
Universal history, the history of what man has accomplished in this world, is at bottom the History of the Great Men who have worked here.
To be true is manly, chivalrous, Christian; to be false is mean, cowardly, devilish.
No ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes.
It is through symbols that man consciously or unconsciously lives, works and has his being.
Be a pattern to others, and then all will go well; for as a whole city is affected by the licentious passions and vices of great men, so it is likewise reformed by their moderation.
The actual well seen is ideal.
A crowd has the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
The true university of these days is a collection of books.
Over the times thou hast no power... Solely over one man thou hast quite absolute power. Him redeem and make honest.
Insurrection, never so necessary, is a most sad necessity; and governors who wait for that to instruct them are surely getting into the fatalest course.
Work alone is noble.
If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.
Terror itself, when once grown transcendental, becomes a kind of courage; as frost sufficiently intense, according to the poet Milton, will burn.
Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct.
God Almighty never created a man half as wise as he looks.
There is endless merit in a man's knowing when to have done.
There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.
Courtesy is the due of man to man; not of suit-of-clothes to suit-of-clothes.
Fire is the best of servants, but what a master!
Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
Just in the ratio knowledge increases, faith decreases.
Does not every true man feel that he is himself made higher by doing reverence to what is really above him?
Happy the people whose annals are blank in the history books!
In our wide world there is but one altogether fatal personage, the dunce, -- he that speaks irrationally, that sees not, and yet thinks he sees.
Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.
The condition of the most passionate enthusiast is to be preferred over the individual who, because of the fear of making a mistake, won't in the end affirm or deny anything.
None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.
Great men are the modelers, patterns, and in a wide sense creators, of whatsoever the general mass of men contrived to do and attain.
The goal of yesterday will be our starting-point to-morrow.
History is the distillation of rumour.
Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.
Whose school-hours are all the days and nights of our existence.
Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.
True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper.
Do the duty which lies nearest to you. The second duty will then become clearer.
Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.
There are but two ways of paying debt: Increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out.
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better, Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
Wise man was he who counselled that speculation should have free course, and look fearlessly towards all the thirty-two points of the compass, whithersoever and howsoever it listed.