Reform is affirmative, conservatism negative conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth. The Conservative
Sincerity is the highest compliment you can pay.
Work and thou canst escape the reward whether the work be fine or course, planting corn or writing epics, so only it be honest work, done to thine own approbation, it shall earn a reward to the senses as well as to the thought.
The walls of rude minds are scrawled all over with facts, with thoughts. They shall one day bring a lantern and read the inscriptions.
A man known to us only as a celebrity in politics or in trade, gains largely in our esteem if we discover that he has some intellectual taste or skill
The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear
The cannon will not suffer any other sound to be heard for miles and for years around it.
A garden is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg, and his whole body to irresistible destruction.
We must set up a strong present tense against all rumors of wrath, past and to come.
The world is a divine dream, from which we may presently awake to the glories and certainties of day.
THE POET A moody child and wildly wise Pursued the game with joyful eyes, Which chose, like meteors, their way, And rived the dark with private ray They overleapt the horizon's edge, Searched with Apollo's privilege Through man, and woman, and sea, and star, Saw the dance of nature forward far Through worlds, and races, and terms, and times, Saw musical order, and pairing rhymes. Olympian bards who sung Divine ideas below, Which always find us young, And always keep us so.
Character is that which can do without success.
The highest compact we can make with our fellow is 'Let there be truth between us two forevermore.'
To judge from a single conversation, he made the impression of a narrow and very English mind of one who paid for his rare elevation by general tameness and conformity. Off his own beat, his opinions were of no value.
In conversation the game is, to say something new with old words. And you shall observe a man of the people picking his way along, step by step, using every time an old boulder, yet never setting his foot on an old place.
Four snakes gliding up and down a hollow for no purpose that I could see not to eat, not for love, but only gliding.
Our best history is still poetry.
No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.
Courage consists in the power of self-recovery.
Mysticism is the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for an universal one.
Nature ... She pardons no mistakes. Her yea is yea, and her nay, nay.
A great man stands on God. A small man on a great man.
When India was explored and the wonderful riches of Indian theological literature found that dispelled once and for all the dream about Christianity being the sole revelation.
Sleep lingers all our lifetime about our eyes, as night hovers all day in the boughs of the fir-tree.
Wherever we go, whatever we do, self is the sole subject we study and learn.
Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.
If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.
Men wish to be saved from the mischiefs of their vices, but not from their vices.
Every man is entitled to be valued by his best moment.
Every ship is a romantic object, except that we sail in.
William Wordsworth - T. S. Eliot - Robert Frost - Maya Angelou - W. H. Auden - Jorge Luis Borges - Henrik Ibsen - Elizabeth Bishop - Edgar Guest - Allan Cunningham