Men are what their mothers made them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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.
Heroism works in contradiction to the voice of mankind and in contradiction, for a time, to the voice of the great and good. Heroism is an obedience to a secret impulse of an individual.
No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no past at my back.
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
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We must train hard. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist.
There is no way to success in art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the railroad, all day and every day.
Life on board a pleasure steamer violates every moral and physical condition of healthy life except fresh air. It is a guzzling, lounging, gambling, dog’s life. The only alternative to excitement is irritability.
Fate, then, is a name for facts not yet passed under the fire of thought; for causes which are unpenetrated.
You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.
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.
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.