No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof. What everybody echoes or in silence passes by as true to-day may turn out to be falsehood to-morrow.
How novel and original must be each new mans view of the universe for though the world is so old so many books have been written each object appears wholly undescribed to our experience each field of thought wholly unexplored The whole world is an America, a New World.
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
The three-o'-clock in the morning courage, which Bonaparte thought was the rarest.
How can they expect a harvest of thought who have not had the seed time of character.
Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.
Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution such call I good books.
Having each some shingles of thought well dried, we sat and whittled them.
How rarely I meet with a man who can be free, even in thought We all live according to rule. Some men are bedridden all world-ridden.
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
My facts shall be falsehoods to the common sense. I would so state facts that they shall be significant, shall be myths or mythologic. Facts which the mind perceived, thoughts which the body thought with these I deal.
If words were invented to conceal thought, newspapers are a great improvement of a bad invention.
Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be.
Our thought are the epochs in our lives all else is but a journal of the winds that blew while we were here.
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