A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden, swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up to the air
Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
By Labor the North has subdued Nature, changed a parsimonious soil to fertility, built dwellings for almost her whole population, raised the school-house, established the Church, encircled the globe with her ships, and made her books and her papers to be as blades of grass and as leave of the Summer for number. But in the South, labor, a badge of shame, is the father of misery. The slave labors, but with no cheerit is not the road to respectability, it will honor him with no citizens trust, it brings no bread to his family, no grain to his garner, no leisure in after-days, no books or papers to his children. It opens no school-house door, builds no church, rears for him no factory, lays no keel, fills no bank, earns no acres. With sweat and toil and ignorance he consumes his life, to pour the earnings into channels from which he does no drink, into hands that never honor him. But perpetually rob and often torment.
To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.
There is no man that lives who does not need to be drilled, disciplined, and developed into something higher and nobler and better than he is by nature.
A traitor is good fruit to hang from the boughs of the tree of liberty.
Of all formal things in the world, a clipped hedge is the most formal and of all the informal things in the world, a forest tree is the most informal.
Any man can work when every stroke of his hand brings down the fruit rattling from the tree to the ground but to labor in season and out of season, under every discouragement, by the power of truth ... that requires a heroism which is transcendent.
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