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'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; a good head cannot read...   Life
A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face; it gives a higher pl...   Life
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind t...   Life
A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.   Life
A fly is as untamable as a hyena.   Life
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by litt...   Politics
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.   Life
A good indignation brings out all one's powers.   Life
A great man is always willing to be little.   Life
A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before...   Life
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes...   Life
A man finds room in the few square inches of his face for the traits o...   Life
A man in debt is so far a slave.   Life
A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principle...   Life
A man is what he thinks about all day long.   Life
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.   Friendship
Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done som...   Life
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.   Nature
All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effem...   Life
All diseases run into one, old age.   Age
All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a s...   Life
All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not see...   Life
All life is an experiment.   Life
All mankind love a lover.   Love
All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud, you have fir...   Life
All sensible people are selfish, and nature is tugging at every contra...   Life
Always do what you are afraid to do.   Life
America is another name for opportunity.   Life
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.   Life
Art is a jealous mistress, and if a man has a genius for painting, poe...   Life
As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.   Life
As soon as there is life there is danger.   Life
As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.   Life
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner ...   Science
Be an opener of doors.   Life
Be true to your own act and congratulate yourself if you have done som...   Life
Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those t...   Life
Beauty without expression is boring.   Life
Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.   Life
Between eighteen and twenty, life is like an exchange where one buys s...   Life
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.   Life
By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.   Life
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one...   Life
Cards were at first for benefits designed, sent to amuse, not to ensla...   Life
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to liv...   Intelligence
Children are all foreigners.   Life
Commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the as...   Life
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.   Life
Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.   Life
Concentration is the secret of strengths in politics, in war, in trade...   Life
Courage consists in the power of self-recovery.   Life
Culture is one thing and varnish is another.   Life
Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.   Life
Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shal...   Life
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path a...   Nature
Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.   Life
Doing well is the result of doing good. That's what capitalism is all ...   Life
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an ex...   Life
Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day c...   Life
Each of the arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish a...   Life
Earth laughs in flowers.   Nature
Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-p...   Life
Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was e...   Life
Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.   Life
Every artist was first an amateur.   Life
Every burned book enlightens the world.   Life
Every great institution is the lengthened shadow of a single man. His ...   Life
Every hero becomes a bore at last.   Life
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in him...   Life
Every man has his own vocation, talent is the call.   Life
Every man I meet is in some way my superior.   Life
Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.   Life
Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.   Life
Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot ha...   Life
Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.   Life
Every principle is a war-note. Whoever attempts to carry out the rule ...   Life
Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, bu...   Life
Everybody keeps telling me how surprised they are with what I've done....   Life
Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is ...   Life
Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.   Life
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.   Life
Fear is an instructor of great sagacity, and the herald of all revolut...   Life
Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, ...   Life
Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.   Life
Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.   Life
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; som...   Life
Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all th...   Nature
Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.   Life
For every benefit you receive a tax is levied.   Life
For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace ...   Anger
Genius always finds itself a century too early.   Life
Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get, the older you w...   Life
Go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.   Life
God enters by a private door into every individual.   Life
God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take whi...   Life
God screens us evermore from premature ideas.   Life
Good men must not obey the laws too well.   Life
Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.   Life
Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly dr...   Life
Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard t...   Life
He builded better than he knew; the conscious stone to beauty grew.   Life
He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equa...   Life
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, while he who ...   Friendship
He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret...   Life
Hitch your wagon to a star.   Life
How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquit...   Nature
I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I'm not afraid of falling in...   Life
I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.   Life
I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.   Life
I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any pr...   Life
I suppose every old scholar has had the experience of reading somethin...   Life
If a man can... make a better mousetrap, the world will make a beaten ...   Life
If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can ma...   Life
If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better...   Life
If the riches of the Indies, or the crowns of all the kingdom of Europ...   Life
If the Stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would me...   Life
If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.   Life
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can ...   Life
In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they c...   Life
In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.   Life
In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only w...   Life
In the vaunted works of art, the master-stroke is nature's part.   Life
Intellect annuls Fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.   Life
Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginni...   Marriage
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion, it is easy ...   Life
It is not length of life, but depth of life.   Life
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be st...   Friendship
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can...   Life
It is the privilege of any human work which is well done to invest the...   Life
It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'always...   Life
Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.   Dreams
Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.   Life
Let every man shovel out his own snow and the whole city will be passa...   Life
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persec...   Life
Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of liv...   Life
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.   Life
Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.   Life
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.   Life
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.   Life
Make yourself necessary to somebody.   Life
Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.   Life
Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept...   Life
Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.   Life
Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are m...   Life
Men are what their mothers made them.   Life
Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.   Science
Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, an...   Life
Money is the representative of a certain quantity of corn or other com...   Life
Money often costs too much.   Life
Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken ...   Life
Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that s...   Life
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.   Nature
Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.   Nature
Nature hates calculators.   Life
Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.   Life
New York is a sucked orange.   Life
Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.   Life
Night hovers all day in the boughs of the fir tree.   Life
No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.   Life
No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.   Life
No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.   Life
Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.   Life
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.   Life
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.   Life
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.   Life
Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of ...   Life
One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading a...   Life
Our best thoughts come from others.   Life
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we co...   Life
Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when...   Life
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every tim...   Life
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained thr...   Peace
People only see what they are prepared to see.   Life
People that seem so glorious are all show; underneath they are like ev...   Life
People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced...   Life
Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit in every work of art.   Life
Pictures must not be too picturesque.   Art
Plants are the young of the world, vessels of health and vigor; but th...   Nature
Poverty, Frost, Famine, Rain, Disease, are the beadles and guardsmen t...   Life
Property is an intellectual production. The game requires coolness, ri...   Life
Reality is a sliding door.   Life
Remarkable trait in the American Character is the union, not very infr...   Life
Revolutions go not backward.   Life
Science does not know its debt to imagination.   Science
Sculpture and painting have the effect of teaching us manners and abol...   Life
Self-truth is the essence of heroism.   Life
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.   Life
So much of our time is spent in preparation, so much in routine, and s...   Life
Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense...   Life
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.   Life
Some men are born to own, and can animate all their possessions. Other...   Life
Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.   Life
Speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls and to-mo...   Life
The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on ...   Age
The ancestor of every action is a thought.   Life
The art of getting rich consists not in industry, much less in saving,...   Life
The believing we do something when we do nothing is the first illusion...   Life
The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their pres...   Life
The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.   Life
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.   Life
The days come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a dista...   Life
The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and...   Life
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civil...   Life
The finest and noblest ground on which people can live is truth; the r...   Life
The first wealth is health.   Life
The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the bes...   Life
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly s...   Life
The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusad...   Life
The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.   Life
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.   Life
The louder he talked of his honor the faster we counted our spoons.   Life
The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still tr...   Life
The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a ro...   Life
The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own p...   Life
The method of nature: who could ever analyze it?   Life
The miracles of genius always rest on profound convictions which refus...   Life
The only way to have a friend is to be one.   Friendship
The prayer of the farmer kneeling in his field to weed it, the prayer ...   Life
The profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader. The...   Life
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be hono...   Life
The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.   Life
The reward of a thing well done is having done it.   Life
The secret of drunkeness is, that it insulates us in thought, whilst i...   Life
The senses collect the surface facts of matter... It was sensation; wh...   Life
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.   Life
The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work.   Life
The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice,...   Life
The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of the ...   Life
The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservation and ...   Life
The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society.   Life
The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain.   Life
The whole secret of the teacher's force lies in the conviction that ma...   Life
The wise man always throws himself on the side of his assailants. It i...   Life
The wise skeptic does not teach doubt but how to look for the permanen...   Life
The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting ...   Life
The world is full of judgment-days, and into every assembly that a man...   Life
The years teach much which the days never knew.   Experience
Then beauty is its own excuse for being.   Life
There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some...   Life
There are people who have an appetite for grief; pleasure is not stron...   Life
There are two classes of poets - the poets by education and practice, ...   Life
There is a tendency for things to right themselves.   Life
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the convic...   Life
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.   Life
There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the w...   Life
There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him t...   Life
They can conquer who believe they can. He has not learned the first le...   Life
Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they ...   Life
Think, and be careful what thou art within; For there is sin in the de...   Life
This body, full of faults, Has yet one great quality: Whatever it enco...   Life
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to ...   Life
Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no g...   Life
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry i...   Life
Thoughts come into our minds by avenues which we never left open, and ...   Life
To be great is to be misunderstood.   Life
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in y...   Life
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This...   Life
To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not ...   Life
To the dull mind nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole wor...   Life
To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly...   Life
Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak ...   Life
Traveling is a fool's paradise... I pack my trunk, embrace my friends,...   Life
Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he c...   Life
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they wi...   Life
Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.   Life
Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.   Life
Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.   Life
Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.   Life
Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.   Life
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, ...   Life
Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you ar...   Life
Washington, where an insignificant individual may trespass on a nation...   Life
We acquire the strength we have overcome.   Life
We aim above the mark to hit the mark.   Life
We are always getting ready to live but never living.   Life
We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we r...   Life
We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and...   Education
We are symbols, and inhabit symbols.   Life
We are too civil to books. For a few golden sentences we will turn ove...   Life
We are wiser than we know.   Life
We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous pa...   Life
We do what we must, and call it by the best names.   Life
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the...   Life
We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.   Life
We must be our own before we can be another's.   Life
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.   Life
What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a...   Life
What you do speak so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.   Life
When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, a...   Life
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.   Life
When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it   Nature
When the eyes say one thing and the tongue another, the practiced pers...   Life
When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.   Life
Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying.   Life
Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.   Life
Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.   Life
With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.   Life
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.   Life
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will...   Life
You send your child to the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys who e...   Life