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Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain.
America is another name for opportunity.
Men are what their mothers made them.
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
Wherever the invitation of men or your own occasions lead you, speak the very truth, as your life and conscience teach it, and cheer the waiting, fainting hearts of men with new hope and new revelation.
Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.
We are always getting ready to live but never living.
We are wiser than we know.
We acquire the strength we have overcome.
A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue.
I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.
Men’s actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.
There is no chance and anarchy in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.
One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.
Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
A great man is always willing to be little.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
Good men must not obey the laws too well.
Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.
Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults.
Always do what you are afraid to do.