There is properly no history; only biography.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘always do what you are afraid to do.’
Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short, in all the management of human affairs.
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In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.
Plenty of times I wanted to haul off when somebody insulted me for the color of my skin, but I had to hold to myself. I knew I was kind of an experiment. The whole thing was bigger than me.
Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.
I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now.