That thirst (for applause) if the last infirmity of noble minds, is also the first infirmity of weak ones.
In health of mind and body, men should see with their own eyes, hear and speak without trumpets, walk on their feet, not on wheels, and work and war with their arms, not with engine-beams, nor rifles warranted to kill twenty men at a shot before you can see them.
The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.
Being thus prepared for us in all ways, and made beautiful, and good for food, and for building, and for instruments of our hands, this race of plants, deserving boundless affection and admiration from us, becomes, in proportion to their obtaining it, a nearly perfect test of our being in right temper of mind and way of life so that no one can be far wrong in either who loves trees enough, and everyone is assuredly wrong in both who does not love them, if his life has brought them in his way.
It is only by labor that thought can be made healthy, and only by thought that labor can be made happy and the two cannot be separated with impunity
No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.
Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.
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