The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling.
Undoubtedly the very tedium and ennui which presume to have exhausted the variety and the joys of life are as old as Adam.
The life which men praise and regard as successful is but one kind. Why should we exaggerate any one kingd at the expense of the others.
For he considers, not what is truly respectable, but what is respected.
The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
It is best to avoid the beginning of evil.
The evil that men do lives after them.
There is no odor so bad as that which arise from goodness tainted.
The millions are awake enough for physical labor ; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion , only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive.
To affect the quality of the day ,that is the highest of arts.
When we are unhurried and wise,we perceive that only great and worthy things that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.
We are enabled to apprehend at all what is sublime and noble only by the perpetual instilling and drenching of the reality that surrounds us.
With a little more deliberation in the choice of their pursuits,all men would perhaps become essentially students and observes,for certainly their nature and desnity are interesting to all alike.
The rays which stream through the shutter will be no longer remembered when the shutter is wholly removed.
If we were always,indeed,getting our living and regulating our lives according to the last and best mode we had learned,wo should never be troubled with ennui.
Nearest to all things is that power which fashions their being. next to us the grandest laws are continually being executed. next to us is not but the workman whose work we are.
I only know myself as a human entity: the scene, so to speak, of thoughts and affections; and am sensible of a certain doubleness by which I can stand as remote from myself as from another.
Solitude is not measured by the miles of space that intervene between a man and his fellows.
——For a man needs only to be turned round once with his eyes shut in this world to be lost——not till we are lost, in other words. not till we have lost the world,do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.
We are conscious of an animal in us which awakens in proportion as our higher nature slumbers.
The spirit can for the time perade and control every member and function of the body, and transmute what in form is the grossest esnsuality into purity and devotion.
The impression made on a wise man is that of universal innocence.
That if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined.
In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty, nor weakness weakness.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them.
Some things we are inclined to class those who are once-and-a-half-witted with the half-witted, become we appreciate only a third part of their wit.
The fault-finder will finds faults even in paradise.