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American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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The refining influence is the study of art, which is the science of beauty; and I find that every man values every scrap of knowledge in art, every observation of his own in it, every hint he has caught from another. For the laws of beauty are the beauty of beauty, and give the mind the same or a higher joy than the sight of it gives the senses. The study of art is of high value to the growth of the intellect.
      - [Art]

The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.
      - [Religion]

The religions of the world are the ejaculations of a few imaginative men.
      - [Religion]

The religions we call false were once true.
      - [Religion]

The resources of the scholar are proportioned to his confidence in the attributes of the intellect.
      - [Scholarship : Study]

The river knows the way to the sea:
  Without a pilot it runs and falls,
    Blessing all lands with its charity.
      - [Rivers]

The secret of drunkenness is, that it insulates us in thought, whilst it unites us in feeling.
      - [Drunkenness]

The secret of education lies is respecting the pupil.
      - [Education]

The selfish man suffers more from his selfishness than he from whom that selfishness withholds some important benefit.
      - [Selfishness]

The ship of heaven guides itself and will not accept a wooden rudder.
      - [Heaven]

The sign and credentials of the poet are that he announces that which no man foretold.
      - [Poets]

The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world, is the highest applause.
      - in an address [Applause]

The soul knows no persons.
      - [Soul]

The street is full of humiliations to the proud.
      - [Humility]

The student is to read history actively and not passively; to esteem his own life the text, and books the commentary. Thus compelled, the muse of history will utter oracles as never to those who do not respect themselves.
      - [History]

The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.
      - [Sun]

The Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence. It invites to the noblest solitude and to the noblest society.
      - [Sabbath]

The thing done avails, and not what is said about it.
      - [Action]

The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.
      - [Artists]

The true artist has the planet for his pedestal; the adventurer, after years of strife, has nothing broader than his shoes.
      - [Artists]

The true scholar grudges every opportunity of action passed, by, as a loss of power.
      - [Opportunity]

The truest test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops; no, but the kind of man the country turns out.
      - [Civilization]

The truth, the hope, of any time must be sought in the minorities. Michael Angelo was the conscience of Italy. We grow free with his name, and find it ornamental now, but in his own day his friends were few.
      - [Popularity]

The two parties which divide the state, the party of conservatives and that of innovators, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made. This quarrel is the subject of civil history.
      - [Conservatives : Liberals : Politics]

The universal does not attract us until housed in an individual.
      - [Individuality]

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