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American author and naturalist
(1817 - 1862)
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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
      - [Life]

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?
      - [Friends]

The perception of beauty is a moral test.
      - [Beauty]

The present hour is always wealthiest when it is poorer than the future ones, as that is the pleasantest site which affords the pleasantest prospect.
      - [Present]

The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the character of individuals.
      - [Universe]

The very thrills of genius are disorganizing. The body is never quite acclimated to its atmosphere, but how often, succumbs and goes into a decline.
      - [Genius]

The words of some men are thrown forcibly against you and adhere like burrs.
      - [Words]

The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
      - [Youth]

There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
      - [Evil]

There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.
      - [Matrimony]

There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.
      - [Corruption]

There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.
      - [Suspicion]

There may be something petty in a refined taste; it easily degenerates into effeminacy. It does not consider the broadest use. It is not content with simple good and bad, and so is fastidious and curious or nice only.
      - [Taste]

This life is not for complaint, but for satisfaction.
      - [Complaining]

Those who work much do not work hard.
      - [Work]

Time is but a stream I go a fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom, and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper, fish in the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars.
      - [Time]

To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.
      - [Day]

To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
      - [Knowledge]

Truth never turns to rebuke falsehood; her own straightforwardness is the severest correction.
      - [Truth]

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
      - [Injustice]

Water is the only drink for a wise man.
      - [Water]

We are all of us more or less active physiognomists.
      - [Physiognomy]

We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man's features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.
      - [Face]

We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
      - [Suspicion]

We are ashamed of our fear; for we know that a righteous man would not suspect danger nor incur any. Wherever a man feels fear, there is an avenger.
      - [Fear]

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