There is a certain satisfaction in coming down to the lowest ground of politics, for we get rid of cant and hypocrisy.
Sincerity is the luxury allowed, like diadems and authority, only to the highest rank. . . . Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
Presently we pass to some other object which rounds itself into a whole as did the first; for example, a well-laid garden; and nothing seems worth doing but the laying-out of gardens.
There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence
When I go into my garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands.
The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding
God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both
Out of Plato come all things that are still written and debated about among men of thought.
Who shall set a limit to the influence of a human being?
The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me and I to them.
There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat
All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through LUXURY of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive.
Life is a festival only to the wise.
Time is indeed the theater and seat of illusions; nothing is so ductile and elastic. The mind stretches an hour to a century, and dwarfs an age to an hour.