Humility like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.
Henry David Thoreau
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Pity the man who has a character to support – it is worse than a large family – he is silent poor indeed.
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
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The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
Know that the amount of criticism you receive may correlate somewhat to the amount of publicity you receive.
The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.
If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.
It is the privilege of any human work which is well done to invest the doer with a certain haughtiness. He can well afford not to conciliate, whose faithful work will answer for him.
A home without a cat-and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat-may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove title?
But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
Most men would feel insulted if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now.
By his father he is English, by his mother he is Americanto my mind the blend which makes the perfect man.