The quality of the imagination is to flow and not to freeze.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.
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One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;’ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.
In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
Sorrow makes us all children again, destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest knows nothing.
Physically there is nothing to distinguish human society from the farm-yard except that children are more troublesome and costly than chickens and calves and that men and women are not so completely enslaved as farm stock.