Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Sincerity is the luxury allowed, like diadems and authority, only to the highest rank. Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
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I cannot see how a man of any large degree of humorous perception can ever be religious – except he purposely shut the eyes of his mind and keep them shut by force.
Pasteboard pies and paper flowers are being banished from the stage by the growth of that power of accurate observation which is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it….
Youth is like spring, an over-praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.
The self divides into ten billion distinct illuminating spirits. Distinguish these without falling into names and classifications.
We must hold a man amenable to reason for the choice of his daily craft or profession. It is not an excuse any longer for his deeds that they are the custom of his trade. What business has he with an evil trade?
If a man’s fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.
Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.
When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of twenty-one, little did I suspect that I should be at forty-nine, what I now am.
He does not care for flowers. Calls them rubbish, and cannot tell one from another, and thinks it is superior to feel like that.