We hear and apprehend only what we already half know.
Henry David Thoreau
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To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, an they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth.
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Esther liked books out where everyone could see them, a sort of graphic index to the intricate labyrinth of her mind arrayed to impress the most casual guest, a system of immediate introduction which she had found to obtain in a number of grimy intellectual households in Greenwich Village.
With a burst of joy, my heels sprout wings, smile dancing. My heart sings like a bird caged, set free to soar, senses heightened like never before. Life. Is. Good.
However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
Time is but the stream I go fishing in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. It’s thin current slides away, but eternity remains.
Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree. We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.
The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.