We are always getting ready to live but never living.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Man is a shrewd inventor, and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure, adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron, wood, and leather, to some required function in the work of the world.
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.
More quotes about Wisdom
He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind.
I must first know myself, as the Delphian inscription says; to be curious about that which is not my concern, while I am still in ignorance of my own self, would be ridiculous. And therefore I bid farewell to all this; the common opinion is enough for me. For, as I was saying, I want to know not about this, but about myself: am I a monster more complicated and swollen with passion than the serpent Typho, or a creature of a gentler and simpler sort, to whom Nature has given a diviner and lowlier destiny?
Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderated use rather than total abstinence.
There is no chance, and no anarchy, in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.