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He that writes to himself writes to an eternal public.
He who has acquired the ability, may wait securely the occasion of making it felt and appreciated, and know that it will not loiter.
He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens, and how to come to these enchantments, is the rich and royal man.
He who loves goodness harbors angels, reveres reverence, and lives with God.
Health and appetite impart the sweetness to sugar, bread, and meat.
Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it.
Heaven often protects valuable souls charged with great secrets, great ideas, by long shutting them up with their own thoughts.
Heaven sometimes hedges a rare character about with ungainliness and odium, as the burr that protects the fruit.
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.
Heroism works in contradiction to the voice of mankind, and in contradiction, for a time, to the voice of the great and good. Heroism is an obedience to a secret impulse of an individual's character.
His imperial muse tosses the creation like a bauble from hand to hand, to embody any capricious thought that is uppermost in her mind. The remotest spaces of nature are visited, and the farthest sundered things are brought together by a subtle spiritual connection.
Hither rolls the storm of heat;
I feel its finer billows beat
Like a sea which me infolds;
Heat with viewless fingers moulds,
Swells, and mellows, and matures,
Paints, and flavors, and allures,
Bird and brier inly warms,
Still enriches and transforms,
Gives the reed and lily length,
Adds to oak and oxen strength,
Transforming what it doth infold,
Life out of death, new out of old.
Honor and fortune exist for him who always recognizes the neighborhood of the great, always feels himself in the presence of high causes.
How cunningly Nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!
How silent, how spacious, what room for all, yet without place to insert an atom--in graceful succession, in equal fullness, in balanced beauty, the dance of the hours goes forward still. Like an odor of incense, like a strain of music, like a sleep, it is inexact and boundless. It will not be dissected, nor unraveled, nor shown.
Human society is made up of partialities. Each citizen has an interest and a view of his own, which, if followed out to the extreme, would leave no room for any other citizen.
Hume's doctrine was that the circumstances vary, the amount of happiness does not; that the beggar cracking fleas in the sunshine under a hedge, and the duke rolling by in his chariot, the girl equipped for her first ball, and the orator returning triumphant from the debate, had different means, but the same quantity of pleasant excitement.
I always seem to suffer some loss of faith on entering cities.
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.
- [Thanksgiving Day]
I believe that our experience instructs us that the secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know and what he shall do. It is chosen and foreordained, and he only holds the key to his own secret.
I cannot find language of sufficient energy to convey my sense of the sacredness of private integrity.
I do not know what arguments mean in reference to any expression of a thought. I delight in telling what I think; but if you ask me how I dare say so, or why it is so, I am the most helpless of men.
I grieve that grief can teach me nothing, nor carry me one step into real nature.
I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.
I have been told by persons of experience in matters of taste, that the fashions follow a law of gradation, and are never arbitrary. The new mode is always only a step onward in the same direction as the last mode; and a cultivated eye is prepared for and predicts the new fashion.
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