We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.
The roses under my window make no reference to former roses or better ones; they are what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
The angels are so enamoured of the language that is spoken in heaven, that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether there be any who understand it or not.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
We are symbols, and inhabit symbols.
The measure of a great leader, is their success in bringing everyone around to their opinion twenty years later.
Better be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo.
Let us treat the men and women well: treat them as if they were real: perhaps they are.
The line of beauty is the line of perfect economy.
Half a man’s wisdom goes with his courage.
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
The good rain, like a bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.
Nature has made up her mind that what cannot defend itself shall not be defended.
The method of nature: who could ever analyze it?
He is great who is what he is from nature, and who never reminds us of others.
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
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.
All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
Universities are of course hostile to geniuses, which, seeing and using ways of their own, discredit the routine: as churches and monasteries persecute youthful saints.
If a man’s eye is on the Eternal, his intellect will grow.
What your heart thinks is great, is great. The soul’s emphasis is always right.
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