Life is largely a matter of expectation.
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How does it happen, Maecenas, that no one is content with that lot of which he has chosen or which chance has thrown his way, but praises those who follow a different course?
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The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.
We worship not the Graces, nor the Parcae, but Fashion. She spins and weaves and cuts with full authority. The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveler’s cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same.
A man is known by the books he reads, by the company he keeps, by the praise he gives, by his dress, by his tastes, by his distastes, by the stories he tells, by his gait, by the notion of his eye, by the look of his house, of his chamber; for nothing on earth is solitary but every thing hath affinities infinite.
In the scenery of spring, nothing is better, nothing worse; the flowering branches are; some long, some short.
We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.
A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him. All very well perhaps from his point of view, but only a little better than the common dilettantism.
It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old.
You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man’s form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.