Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the sun; short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one… characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.
As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.
When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.
The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.
If it is surely the means to the highest end we know, can any work be humble or disgusting? Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder, the means by which we are translated?
If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated.
Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounder.
While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.
I have seen how the foundations of the world are laid, and I have not the least doubt that it will stand a good while.
There is danger that we lose sight of what our friend is absolutely, while considering what she is to us alone.
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
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.