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American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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The manly part is to do with might and main what you can do.
      - [Deeds]

The mark of the man of the world is absence of pretension. He does not make a speech; he takes a low business tone, avoids all brag, is nobody, dresses plainly, promises not at all, performs much, speaks in monosyllables, hugs his fact. He calls his employment by its lowest name, and so takes from evil tongues their sharpest weapon.
      - [Modesty]

The masters painted for joy, and knew not that virtue had gone out of them. They could not paint the like in cold blood. The masters of English lyric wrote their songs so. It was a fine efflorescence of fine powers.
      - [Painting]

The mean man suffers more from his selfishness than he from whom meanness withholds some important benefit.
      - [Meanness]

The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later.
      - [Masters]

The mind will quote whether the tongue does or not.
      - [Quotations]

The miracles of genius always rest on profound convictions which refuse to be analyzed.
      - [Genius]

The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast.
      - [Mob]

The narrow sectarian cannot read astronomy with impunity. The creeds of his church shrivel like dried leaves at the door of the observatory.
      - [Astronomy]

The one prudence in life is concentration.
      - [Brevity]

The only gift is a portion of thyself. * * * Therefore the poet brings his poem; the shepherd, his lamb; the farmer, corn; the miner, a gem; the sailor, coral and shells; the painter, his picture; the girl, a handkerchief of her own sewing.
      - [Gifts]

The only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion.
      - [Opinion]

The only thing that grief has taught me is to know how shallow it is.
      - [Grief]

The orator is thereby an orator that keeps his feet ever on a fact.
      - [Preaching]

The ornaments of a home are the friends who frequent it.
      - [Friends]

The person who screams, or uses the superlative degree, or converses with heat puts whole drawing-rooms to flight. If you wish to be loved, love measure.
      - [Manners]

The pest of society is egotists.
      - [Egotism]

The pleasure of eloquence is in greatest part owing often to the stimulus of the occasion which produces it--to the magic of sympathy, which exalts the feeling of each by radiating on him the feeling of all.
      - [Eloquence]

The poet's habit of living should be set on a key so low that the common influences should delight him.
      - [Poets]

The poorest experience is rich enough for all the purposes of expressing thought.
      - [Experience]

The profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader. The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.
      - [Books]

The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.
      - [Quotations]

The pulpit and the press have many commonplaces denouncing the thirst for wealth, but if men should take these moralists at their word, and leave off aiming to be rich, the moralists would rush to rekindle at all hazards this love of power in the people, lest civilization should be undone.
      - [Wealth]

The ragged cliff has thousand faces in a thousand hours.
      - [Mountains]

The rain comes when the wind calls.
      - [Rain]

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