If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
This world is but a canvas to our imaginations.
In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.
Water is the only drink for a wise man.
If the fairest features of the landscape are to be named after men, let them be the noblest and worthiest men alone.
What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.
The law will never make men free, it is men that have to make the law free.
Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science.
Thank God, they cannot cut down the clouds!
What is the good of having a nice house without a decent planet to put it on?
Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.