The artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like the bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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But the lightning which explodes and fashions planets, maker of planets and suns, is in him. On one side elemental order, sandstone and granite, rock-ledges, peat-bog, forest, sea and shore; and on the other part, thought, the spirit which composes and decomposes nature.
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You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
A woman’s heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.
The teacher reminded us that Romes liberties were not auctioned off in a day, but were bought slowly, gradually, furtively, little by little; first with a little corn and oil for the exceedingly poor and wretched, later with corn and oil for voters who were not quite so poor, later still with corn and oil for pretty much every man that had a vote to sellexactly our own history over again.
The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.
Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life.
The sea, washing the equator and the poles, offers its perilous aid, and the power and empire that follow it… Beware of me, it says, but if you can hold me, I am the key to all the lands.
I like to be beholden to the great metropolitan English speech, the sea which receives tributaries from every region under heaven.
Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again, it will solve the problem of the age.