I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.
The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
Any fool can make a rule And any fool will mind it.
It is never too late to give up your prejudices.
It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.
Resign yourself to the influence of the earth.
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
Why should I feel lonely? is not our planet in the Milky Way?
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly.
In society, in the best institutions of men, it is easy to detect a certain precocity. When we should still be growing children, we are already little men. Give me a culture which imports much muck from the meadows, and deepens the soil,-not that which trusts to heating manures, and improved implements, and modes of culture only!
Time is like a handful of sand - the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers.
If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
When it's time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.
The greatest tragedy in life is to spend your whole life fishing only to discover it was never fish that you were after.
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
It's the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see.
be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.
It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
To be admitted to Nature's hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.