Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.
If a man can… make a better mousetrap, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.
Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.
Mysticism is the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for an universal one.
Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
Jesus Christ belonged to the true race of prophets. He saw with open eye the mystery of the soul. Drawn by its severe harmony, ravished with its beauty, he lived in it and had his being there. Alone in all history, he estimated the greatness of man.
The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.
America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.
Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
Speak the truth, and all things alive or brute are vouchers, and the very roots of the grass underground there, do seem to stir and move to bear you witness.
Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer. He is by constitution expensive, and needs to be rich.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Preaching is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life.
We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.
The smoothest curled courtier in the boudoirs of a palace has an animal nature, rude and aboriginal as a white bear.
The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both.
The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.
The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
Good is positive. Evil is merely privative, not absolute: it is like cold, which is the privation of heat. All evil is so much death or nonentity. Benevolence is absolute and real. So much benevolence as a man hath, so much life hath he.
A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace.
There is more difference in the quality of our pleasures than in the amount.
Character is always known. Thefts never enrich; alms never impoverish; murder will speak out of stone walls.
Only as far as the masters of the world have called in nature to their aid, can they reach the height of magnificence. This is the meaning of their hanging-gardens, villas, garden-houses, islands, parks, and preserves.
The reason why men do not obey us, is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never.
People that seem so glorious are all show; underneath they are like everyone else.
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
There is no chance and anarchy in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.
The vegetable life does not content itself with casting from the flower or the tree a single seed, but it fills the air and earth with a prodigality of seeds, that, if thousands perish, thousands may plant themselves, that hundreds may come up, that tens may live to maturity; that, at least one may replace the parent.
Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force – that thoughts rule the world.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.
Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.
It is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister, to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart. Having said this, I have said all.
There are other measures of self-respect for a man, than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances.
A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.
The intuition of the moral sentiment is an insight of the perfection of the laws of the soul. These laws execute themselves. They are out of time, out of space, and not subject to circumstance.
There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream.
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.
The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
If the tongue had not been framed for articulation, man would still be a beast in the forest.
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue.
The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.
We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.
People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.
A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?
It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.
The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
I have no hostility to nature, but a child's love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.
It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'always do what you are afraid to do.'
As we are, so we associate. The good, by affinity, seek the good; the vile, by affinity, the vile. Thus of their own volition, souls proceed into Heaven, into Hell.
I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.
For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.
Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.
We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more.
The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation.
People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.
Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul. Strictly speaking, therefore, all that is separate from us, all which Philosophy distinguishes as the 'Not Me,' that is, both nature and art, all other men and my own body, must be ranked under this name, 'Nature.'
If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.
Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other: given the upper, to find the under side.
Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.
Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.
The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.
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.
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.
Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.
Every spirit makes its house, and we can give a shrewd guess from the house to the inhabitant.
Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.
Doing well is the result of doing good. That's what capitalism is all about.
Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.
In all my lectures, I have taught one doctrine, namely, the infinitude of the private man.
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.
Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France.
There is a blessed necessity by which the interest of men is always driving them to the right; and, again, making all crime mean and ugly.
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.
He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.