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Departed suns their trails of splendor drew
Across departed summers: whispers came
From voices, long ago resolved again
Into the primeval Silence, and we twain,
Ghosts of our present selves, yet still the same,
As in a spectral mirror wandered there.
Eccentricity is developed monomania.
He teaches best,
Who feels the hearts of all men in his breast,
And knows their strength or weakness through his own.
Labor, you know, is prayer.
Life lives only in success.
Love's humility is love's true pride.
Mock jewelry on a woman is tangible vulgarity.
Next to ye both I love the palm, with his leaves of beauty, his fruit of balm.
Not many but good books.
Opportunity is rare, and a wise man will never let it go by him.
Pens carry further than rifled cannon.
Sweeter than the stolen kiss
Are the granted kisses.
Swelling in anger or sparkling in glee.
The clouds are scudding across the moon,
A misty light is on the sea;
The wind in the shrouds has a wintry tune,
And the foam is flying free.
The glories of the possible are ours.
The knowledge of my sin
The maxims tell you to aim at perfection, which is well; but it's unattainable, all the same.
The most annoying of all blockheads is a well-read fool.
The source of each accordant strain
Lies deeper than the Poet's brain.
First from the people's heart must spring
The passions which he learns to sing;
They are the wind, the harp is he,
To voice their fitful melody,--
The language of their varying fate,
Their pride, grief, love, ambition, hate,--
The talisman which holds inwrought
The touchstone of the listener's thought;
That penetrates each vain disguise,
And brings his secret to his eyes.
The stream from Wisdom's well,
Which God supplies, is inexhaustible.
Those who would attain to any marked degree of excellence in a chosen pursuit must work, and work hard for it, prince or peasant.
To learn by observation is traveling, people must also bring knowledge with them.
To Truth's house there is a single door, which is experience.
Women are not apt to be won by the charms of verse.
Yonder fly his scattered golden arrows,
And smite the hills with day.
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