Culture is one thing and varnish is another.
The key to the age may be this, or that, or the other, as the young orators describe the key to all ages is Imbecility imbecility in the vast majority of men, at all times, and, even in heroes, in all but certain eminent moments victims of gravity,
Cards were at first for benefits designed, sent to amuse, not to enslave the mind.
The whole of what we know is a system of compensations. Each suffering is rewarded each sacrifice is made up every debt is paid.
We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.
Our strength grows out of our weakness.
A good intention clothes itself with power.
Leave this hypocritical prating about the masses. Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence, and need not to be flattered, but to be schooled.
We are reformers in the spring and summer, but in autumn we stand by the old. Reformers in the morning, and conservers at night.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
The finished man of the world must eat every apple once.
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
Men cease to interest us when we find their limitations.
Every man is an impossibility until he is born.
Genius has no taste for weaving sand.
If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him.
The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape.
That which we call character is a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means. It is conceived of as a certain undemonstrable force, a familiar or genius, by whose impulses the man is guided, but whose counsels he cannot impart.
Life is a festival only to the wise.
To live without duties is obscene.
Only that mind draws me which I cannot read.
The things taught in colleges and school are not an education but a means to an education.
Is it so bad to be misunderstood Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.
There is always safety in valor.
Art is a jealous mistress, and if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.
Pictures must not be too picturesque.
Some thoughts always find us young, and keep us so. Such a thought is the love of the universal and eternal beauty.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.
God screens us evermore from premature ideas.
Life is March weather, savage and serene in one hour.
William Blake - Walt Whitman - Shel Silverstein - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Homer - Aeschylus - Sophocles - Novalis - Max Jacob - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow