As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.
The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.
More quotes about Wisdom
Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
Creativity is a consequence of action, not its motivation. Do what needs to be done and then ask whether it was possible.
At 70 years old, if I could give my younger self one piece of advice, It would be to use the phrase f**k off’ much more frequently.
The world is upheld by the veracity of good men: they make the earth wholesome. They who lived with them found life glad and nutritious. Life is sweet and tolerable only in our belief in such society.
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.
All of our actions take their hue from the complexion of the heart, as landscapes their variety from light.
For many years I was a self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms and did my duty faithfully, though I never received payment for it.