The purpose firm is equal to the deed.
Thoughts shut up want air, And spoil, like bales unopen'd to the sun.
The course of Nature is the art of God.
In an active life is sown the seed of wisdom but he who reflects not, never reaps has no harvest from it, but carries the burden of age without the wages of experience nor knows himself old, but from his infirmities, the parish register, and the contempt of mankind. And age, if it has not esteem, has nothing.
Reason is progressive instinct is complete swift instinct leaps slow reason feebly climbs.
Read nature; nature is a friend to truth.
The weak have remedies, the wise have joys; superior wisdom is superior bliss.
Revere thyself, and yet thyself despise.
Our birth is nothing but our death begun, As tapers waste the moment they take fire.
Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote, And think they grow immortal as they quote.
Shall man alone, for whom all else revives, No resurrection know Shall man alone, Imperial man be sown in barren ground, Less privileged than grain, on which he feeds.
Where boasting ends, there dignity begins.
Those who build beneath the stars build too low.
Get up in the morning, catch the bus- you have to sit out there and wait. Then in the winter time, it gets cold and sit out there. It's not worth it in the end.
A man of pleasure is a man of pains.
If we did but know how little some enjoy of the great things that they possess, there would not be much to envy in the world.
Man makes a death which Nature never made. And feels a thousand deaths in fearing one.
Night, sable goddess from her ebon throne, In rayless majesty, now stretches forth Her leaden sceptre o'er a slumbering world.
Most pleasures, like flowers when gathered, die.
Where Nature's end of language is declin'd, And men talk only to conceal the mind.
Maya Angelou - William Somerville - Thomas Gray - Robert Browning - Omar Khayyam - Lucretius - Hesiod - Andrew Lang - Alcaeus - A. E. Housman