When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.
Wisdom is like electricity. There is no permanently wise man, but men capable of wisdom, who, being put into certain company, or other favorable conditions, become wise for a short time, as glasses rubbed acquire electric power for a while.
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.
The best of life is conversation, and the greatest success is confidence, or perfect understanding between two people.
Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.
I know of no such unquestionable badge and ensign of a sovereign mind as that of tenacity of purpose...
Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
The ancestor of every action is a thought.
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use? What is the one end, which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire.