Pictures must not be too picturesque.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
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In Boston they ask, How much does he know? In New York, How much is he worth? In Philadelphia, Who were his parents?
Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.
The seven deadly sins… food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven millstones from Man’s neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the millstones are lifted.
It is very natural for young men to be vehement, acrimonious and severe. For as they seldom comprehend at once all the consequences of a position, or perceive the difficulties by which cooler and more experienced reasoners are restrained from confidence, they form their conclusions with great precipitance. Seeing nothing that can darken or embarrass the question, they expect to find their own opinion universally prevalent, and are inclined to impute uncertainty and hesitation to want of honesty, rather than of knowledge.
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?
If everyone is a product of this society, who will say the things that need to be said, and do the things that need to be done, without compromise?
The self divides into ten billion distinct illuminating spirits. Distinguish these without falling into names and classifications.
We love and lose in China, we weep on England’s moors, and laugh and moan in Guinea, and thrive on Spanish shores. We seek success in Finland, are born and die in Maine. In minor ways we differ, in major we’re the same.