We hear and apprehend only what we already half know.
Henry David Thoreau
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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
Drive a nail home and clinch it so faithfully that you can wake up in the night and think of your work with satisfaction,a work at which you would not be ashamed to invoke the Muse.
One may discover a new side to his most intimate friend when for the first time he hears him speak in public. He will be stranger to him as he is more familiar to the audience. The longest intimacy could not foretell how he would behave then
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
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Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.
To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, an they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.
It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.