It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
Henry David Thoreau
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Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling and spending their lives like servants.
The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
More quotes about Wisdom
Every man will be a poet if he can; otherwise a philosopher or man of science. This proves the superiority of the poet.
Society is infested by persons who, seeing that the sentiments please, counterfeit the expression of them. These we call sentimentalists – talkers who mistake the description for the thing, saying for having.
Birth and death are so closely related that one could not destroy either without destroying the other at the same time. It is extinction that makes creation possible.
In fine, he that is drunk is not a Man: Because he is so long void of Reason, that distinguishes a Man from a Beast.
It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth into a liar – that I call an achievement.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.
Surely life, if it be not long, is tedious, since we are forced to call in the assistance of so many trifles to rid us of our time, of that time which never can return.
It is hard to go beyond your public. If they are satisfied with cheap performance, you will not easily arrive at better. If they know what is good, and require it. you will aspire and burn until you achieve it. But from time to time, in history, men are born a whole age too soon.