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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  Some of your griefs you have cured, / And the sharpest you still have survived; / But what torments of pain you endured / From evils that never arrived!    From the French.  1
  The knowledge of man is an evening knowledge, “vesperina cognitio,” but that of God is a morning knowledge, “matutina cognitio.”    From the Schoolmen.  2
  A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face, and a beautiful behaviour than a beautiful form.  3
  A certain tendency to insanity has always attended the opening of the religious sense in men, as if they had been “blasted with excess of light.”  4
  A drop of water has all the properties of water, but it cannot exhibit a storm.  5
  “A few strong instincts and a few plain rules” suffice us.    From Wordsworth.  6
  A fly is as untamable as a hyena.  7
  A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.  8
  A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature.  9
  A gentleman makes no noise; a lady is serene.  10
  A great licentiousness treads on the heels of a reformation.  11
  A great man quotes bravely, and will not draw on his invention when his memory serves him with a word as good.  12
  A man in debt is so far a slave.  13
  A man is a golden impossibility.  14
  A man is only a relative and a representative nature.  15
  A man is the façade of a temple wherein all wisdom and all good abide.  16
  A man is the prisoner of his power.  17
  A man must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion.  18
  A man must thank his defects, and stand in some terror of his talents.  19
  A man often pays dear for a small frugality.  20
  A man will not be observed in doing that which he can do best.  21
  A man’s power is hooped in by a necessity, which, by many experiments, he touches on every side until he learns its arc.  22
  A mob is a body voluntarily bereaving itself of reason and traversing its work.  23
  A sage is the instructor of a hundred ages.  24
  A self-denial no less austere than the saint’s is demanded of the scholar.  25
  A simple, manly character need never make an apology.  26
  A society of people will cursorily represent a certain culture, though there is not a gentleman or a lady in the group.  27
  A strenuous soul hates cheap success.  28
  A thrill passes through all men at the reception of a new truth, or at the performance of a great action, which comes out of the heart of nature…. By the necessity of our constitution, a certain enthusiasm attends the individual’s consciousness of that Divine presence.  29
  A world in the hand is worth two in the bush.  30
  Adaptiveness is the peculiarity of human nature.  31
  All healthy things are sweet-tempered.  32
  All mankind love a lover.  33
  All martyrdoms looked mean when they were suffered.  34
  All men honour love, because it looks up, and not down.  35
  All men live by truth, and stand in need of expression.  36
  All minds quote. Old and new make up the warp and woof of every moment.  37
  All nobility in its beginnings was somebody’s natural superiority.  38
  All promise outruns performance.  39
  All that a man has he will give for right relations with his mates.  40
  All the great ages have been ages of belief.  41
  An individual man is a fruit which it cost all the foregoing ages to form and ripen.  42
  Art is a jealous mistress.  43
  Art is the path of the creator to his work.  44
  Art must not be a superficial talent, but must begin further back in man.  45
  As all men have some access to primary truth, so all have some art or power of communication in the head, but only in the artist does it descend into the hand.  46
  As long as any man exists, there is some need of him.  47
  As much virtue as there is, so much appears; as much goodness as there is, so much reverence it commands.  48
  As soon as beauty is sought, not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.  49
  As soon as the soul sees any object, it stops before that object.  50
  At the gates of the forest the surprised man of the world is forced to leave his city estimates of great and small, wise and foolish.  51
  Beauty is the pilot of the young soul.  52
  Beauty should be the dowry of every man and woman.  53
  Beauty without expression tires.  54
  Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less.  55
  Before the immense possibilities of man, all mere experience, all past biography, however spotless and sainted, shrinks away.  56
  Before the revelations of the soul, Time, Space, and Nature shrink away.  57
  Behind every individual closes organisation; before him opens liberty.  58
  Behind us, as we go, all things assume pleasing forms, as clouds do afar off.  59
  Belief and love,—a believing love, will relieve us of a vast load of care.  60
  Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.  61
  Better be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo.  62
  Beware of too much good staying in your hand.  63
  Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.  64
  But from the heart of Nature rolled / The burdens of the Bible old.  65
  By persisting in your path, though you forfeit the little, you gain the great.  66
  Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce? or when sensible men, and the right sort of men, and the right sort of women, were plentiful?  67
  Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.  68
  Cause and effect, means and end, seed and fruit, cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end pre-exists in the means, the fruit in the seed.  69
  Character gives splendour to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and grey hairs.  70
  Character is a reserved force which acts directly by presence and without means.  71
  Character is centrality, the impossibility of being displaced or overset.  72
  Character is higher than intellect. Thinking is the function; living is the functionary.  73
  Character teaches over our head, above our wills.  74
  Character wants room; must not be crowded on by persons, nor be judged of from glimpses got in the press of affairs or a few occasions.  75
  Childhood and youth see all the world in persons.  76
  Churches are not built on Christ’s principles, but on His tropes.  77
  Cities force growth, and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial.  78
  Cities give not the human senses room enough.  79
  Civilisation depends on morality.  80
  Civilisation is the result of highly complex organisation.  81
  Coal is a portable climate.  82
  Columbus discovered no isle or key so lonely as himself.  83
  Commerce is a game of skill, which every one cannot play, which few men can play well.  84
  Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.  85
  Common men are apologies for men; they bow the head, excuse themselves with prolix reasons, and accumulate appearances, because the substance is not.  86
  Common souls pay with what they do; nobler souls, with what they are.  87
  Complaining never so loud, and with never so much reason, is of no use.  88
  Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short, in all the management of human affairs.  89
  Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol, and an audience is electrified.  90
  Conservatism is the pause on the last movement.  91
  Conversation in society is found to be on a platform so low as to exclude science, the saint, and the poet.  92
  Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors.  93
  Conversation will not corrupt us if we come to the assembly in our own garb and speech, and with the energy of health to select what is ours and reject what is not.  94
  Converse with a mind that is grandly simple, and literature looks like word-catching.  95
  Courage consists in equality to the problem before us.  96
  Courage of the soldier awakes the courage of woman.  97
  Courage, or the degree of life, is as the degree of circulation of the blood in the arteries.  98
  Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens within the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.  99
  Cultivated labour drives out brute labour.  100
  Culture implies all which gives the mind possession of its own powers.  101
  Culture inverts the vulgar views of nature, and brings the mind to call that apparent which it uses to call real, and that real which it uses to call visionary.  102
  Culture must not omit the arming of the man.  103
  Culture, aiming at the perfection of the man as the end, degrades everything else, as health and bodily life, into means.  104
  Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.  105
  Curses always recoil on the head of him who imprecates them. If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own.  106
  Dante was very bad company, and was never invited to dinner.  107
  Deal so plainly with man and woman as to constrain the utmost sincerity and destroy all hope of trifling with you.  108
  Deep insight will always, like Nature, ultimate its thought in a thing.  109
  Defect in manners is usually the defect of fine perception.  110
  Despondency comes readily enough to the most sanguine.  111
  Discontent is the want of self-reliance; it is infirmity of will.  112
  Do not refuse the employment which the hour brings you for one more ambitious.  113
  Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.  114
  Do what we can, summer will have its flies; if we go a-fishing, we must expect a wet coat.  115
  Do you think the porter and the cook have no anecdotes, no experiences, no wonders for you?  116
  Don’t be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don’t bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Nerve us with incessant affirmatives. Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.  117
  Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion.  118
  Each animal out of its habitat would starve.  119
  Each creature is only a modification of the other; the likeness in them is more than the difference, and their radical law is one and the same.  120
  Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.  121
  Each man sees over his own experience a certain stain of error, whilst that of other men looks fair and ideal.  122
  Each mind has its own method. A true man never acquires after college rules.  123
  Each must stand on his glass tripod, if he would keep his electricity.  124
  Each plant has its parasite, and each created thing its lover and poet.  125
  Each thing is a half, and suggests another thing to make it whole; as spirit, matter; man, woman; odd, even; subjective, objective; in, out; motion, rest; yea, nay.  126
  Education should be as broad as man.  127
  Egotists are the pest of society.  128
  Eloquence is the appropriate organ of the highest personal energy.  129
  Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak.  130
  Eloquence must be grounded on the plainest narrative.  131
  Eloquence shows the power and possibility of man.  132
  English speech, the sea that receives tributaries from every region under heaven.  133
  Ennui shortens life and bereaves the day of its light.  134
  Enthusiasm is the height of man; it is the passing from the human to the divine.  135
  Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-power of the understanding.  136
  Envy is ignorance.  137
  Every action is measured by the depth of the sentiment from which it proceeds.  138
  Every advantage has its tax, but there is none on the good of virtue; that is the incoming of God himself, or absolute existence.  139
  Every book is good to read which sets the reader in a working mood.  140
  Every book is written with a constant secret reference to the few intelligent persons whom the writer believes to exist in the million.  141
  Every brave youth is in training to ride and rule his dragon.  142
  Every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly until he knows that every day is Doomsday.  143
  Every evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor; we gain the strength of the temptation we resist.  144
  Every excess causes a defect; every deficit, an excess. Every sweet has its sour; every evil, its good. Every faculty which is a receiver of pleasure has an equal penalty put on its abuse.  145
  Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.  146
  Every genius is defended from approach by quantities of unavailableness.  147
  Every genuine work of art has as much reason for being as the earth and the sun.  148
  Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm.  149
  Every great man is unique.  150
  Every hero becomes a bore at last.  151
  Every heroic act measures itself by its contempt of some external good; but it finds its own success at last, and then the prudent also extol.  152
  Every individual nature has its own beauty.  153
  Every man alone is sincere; at the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.  154
  Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults.  155
  Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.  156
  Every man is an impossibility until he is born; everything impossible till we see it a success.  157
  Every man is exceptional.  158
  Every man is not so much a workman in the world as he is a suggestion of that he should be. Men walk as prophecies of the next age.  159
  Every man ought to have his opportunity to conquer the world for himself.  160
  Every man takes care that his neighbour shall not cheat him.  161
  Every man who would do anything well must come to us from a higher ground.  162
  Every moment instructs, and every object, for wisdom is infused into every form. It has been poured into us as blood; it convulsed us as pain; it slid into us as pleasure.  163
  Every natural action is graceful.  164
  Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.  165
  Every novel is a debtor to Homer.  166
  Every opinion reacts on him who utters it.  167
  Every shadow points to the sun.  168
  Every ship is a romantic object except that we sail in.  169
  Every spirit builds itself a house, and beyond its house a world, and beyond its world a heaven.  170
  Every spirit makes its house, but afterwards the house confines the spirit.  171
  Every Stoic was a Stoic, but in Christendom where is the Christian?  172
  Every thought that arises in the mind, in its rising aims to pass out of the mind into act; just as every plant, in the moment of generation, struggles up to the light.  173
  Every thought which genius and piety throw into the world alters the world.  174
  Every violation of truth is a stab at the health of society.  175
  Every word was once a poem.  176
  Everything good in man leans on what is higher.  177
  Everything good is on the highway.  178
  Everything in nature contains all the power of nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.  179
  Everything in nature goes by law, and not by luck.  180
  Everything in nature has a positive and a negative pole.  181
  Everything is beautiful, seen from the point of the intellect; but all is sour if seen as experience.  182
  Everything runs to excess; every good quality is noxious if unmixed; and to carry the danger to the edge of ruin, Nature causes each man’s peculiarity to superabound.  183
  Everything that is popular deserves the attention of the philosopher; although it may not be of any worth in itself, yet it characterises the people.  184
  Everywhere I am hindered of meeting God in my brother, because he has shut his own temple doors, and recites fables merely of his brother’s or his brother’s brother’s God.  185
  Evil is merely privative, not absolute; it is like cold, which is the privation of heat. All evil is so much death or nonentity.  186
  Eyes are better, on the whole, than telescopes or microscopes.  187
  Eyes speak all languages; wait for no letter of introduction; they ask no leave of age or rank; they respect neither poverty nor riches, neither learning, nor power, nor virtue, nor sex, but intrude and come again, and go through and through you in a moment of time.  188
  Fact is better than fiction, if only we could get it pure.  189
  Faith makes us, and not we it; and faith makes its own forms.  190
  Far or forgot to me is near; / Shadow and sunlight are the same; / The vanished gods to me appear; / And one to me are shame and fear.  191
  Fate follows and limits power; power attends and antagonises fate; we must respect fate as natural history, but there is more than natural history.  192
  Fate is impenetrated causes.  193
  Fate is known to us as limitations.  194
  Fear always springs from ignorance.  195
  Fear is an instructor of great sagacity, and the herald of all revolutions. It has boded, and mowed, and gibbered for ages over government and property.  196
  Fear not, then, thou child infirm; / There’s no god dare wrong a worm.  197
  Few have wealth, but all must have a home.  198
  Few men have any next; they live from hand to mouth without plan, and are ever at the end of their line.  199
  Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.  200
  Five minutes of to-day are worth as much to me as five minutes in the next millennium.  201
  Flowers and fruits are always fit presents—flowers, because they are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of man.  202
  Foolish legislation is a rope of sand, which perishes in the twisting.  203
  For every grain of wit there is a grain of folly.  204
  For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something.  205
  For faith, and peace, and mighty love / That from the Godhead flow, / Show’d them the life of heaven above / Springs from the earth below.  206
  For he that worketh high and wise, / Nor pauses in his plan, / Will take the sun out of the skies / Ere freedom out of man.  207
  For the world was built in order, / And the atoms march in tune; / Rhyme the pipe, and the Time the warder, / The sun obeys them and the moon.  208
  For what are they all in their high conceit, / When man in the bush with God may meet?  209
  Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables.  210
  Friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies and respects, and not crushed into corners.  211
  Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.  212
  From time to time in history men are born a whole age too soon.  213
  From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.  214
  Genius and virtue, like diamonds, are best plain set.  215
  Genius believes its faintest presentiment against the testimony of all history, for it knows that facts are not ultimates, but that a state of mind is the ancestor of everything.  216
  Genius borrows nobly.  217
  Genius counts all its miracles poor and short.  218
  Genius invents fine manners, which the baron and the baroness copy very fast, and, by the advantage of a palace, better the instruction. They stereotype the lesson they have learned into a mode.  219
  Genius is always ascetic, and piety and love.  220
  Genius is always sufficiently the enemy of genius by over-influence.  221
  Genius is religious.  222
  Genius should be the child of genius, and every child should be inspired.  223
  Genius works in sport, and goodness smiles to the last.  224
  Genius, even as it is the greatest good, is the greatest harm.  225
  Give a boy address and accomplishments, and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.  226
  Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.  227
  Give me insight into to-day, and you may have the antique and future worlds…. This idea has inspired the genius of Goldsmith, Burns, Cowper, and, in a newer time, of Goethe, Wordsworth, and Carlyle. Their writing is blood-warm.  228
  God builds His temple in the heart and on the ruins of churches and religions.  229
  God enters by a private door into every individual.  230
  God has delegated Himself to a million deputies.  231
  God may consent, but only for a time.  232
  God offers to every man his choice between truth and repose.  233
  God will not make Himself manifest to cowards.  234
  Good as is discourse, silence is better, and shames it.  235
  Good is a good doctor, but Bad is sometimes better.  236
  Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.  237
  Good poetry is always personification, and heightens every species of force by giving it a human volition.  238
  Good thoughts are no better than good dreams unless they be executed.  239
  Good writing and brilliant discourse are perpetual allegories.  240
  Good-bye, proud world! I’m going home; Thou art not my friend, and I’m not thine.  241
  Good-nature is stronger than tomahawks.  242
  Government has been a fossil; it should be a plant.  243
  Government should direct poor men what to do.  244
  Governments have their origin in the moral identity of men.  245
  Grace is more beautiful than beauty.  246
  Great causes are never tried on their merits; but the cause is reduced to particulars to suit the size of the partisans, and the contention is ever hottest on minor matters.  247
  Great genial power consists in being altogether receptive.  248
  Great geniuses have always the shortest biographies.  249
  Great is the soul, and plain. It is no flatterer, it is no follower; it never appeals from itself.  250
  Great men are more distinguished by range and extent than by originality.  251
  Great men are sincere.  252
  Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.  253
  Great men do not content us. It is their solitude, not their force, that makes them conspicuous.  254
  Great men or men of great gifts you will easily find, but symmetrical men never.  255
  Great men, great nations have ever been perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.  256
  Great wits to madness nearly are allied; / Both serve to make our poverty our pride.  257
  Greatness appeals to the future.  258
  Greatness, once and for ever, has done with opinion.  259
  Greek architecture is the flowering of geometry.  260
  Half a man’s wisdom goes with his courage.  261
  Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man.  262
  He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.  263
  He is a great man who inhabits a higher sphere of thought, into which other men rise with labour and difficulty: he has but to open his eyes to see things in a true light and in large relations, while they must make painful corrections, and keep a vigilant eye on many sources of error.  264
  He is a strong man who can hold down his opinion.  265
  He is great who is what he is from nature, and who never reminds us of others.  266
  He is the rich man in whom the people are rich, and he is the poor man in whom the people are poor; and how to give access to the masterpieces of art and nature is the problem of civilisation.  267
  He is the rich man who can avail himself of all men’s faculties.  268
  He only is rich who owns the day.  269
  He that can define, he that can answer a question so as to admit of no further answer, is the best man.  270
  He who does a good deed is instantly ennobled; he who does a mean deed, is by the action itself contracted.  271
  He who loves goodness harbours angels, reveres reverence, and lives with God.  272
  He who travels to be amused, or to get somewhat which he does not carry, travels away from himself, and grows old even in youth among old things.  273
  He whose sympathy goes lowest is the man from whom kings have the most to fear.  274
  He whose word and deed you cannot predict, who answers you without any supplication in his eye, who draws his determination from within, and draws it instantly,—that man rules.  275
  Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness—an open and noble temper.  276
  Heroism is an obedience to a secret impulse of an individual’s character.  277
  History is an impertinence and an injury, if it be anything more than a cheerful apologue or parable of my being and becoming.  278
  Hitch your waggon to a star.  279
  Honour is venerable to us because it is no ephemeris.  280
  Hope never spread her golden wings but in unfathomable seas.  281
  Hospitality must be for service, not for show, or it pulls down the host.  282
  How shall a man escape from his ancestors, or draw off from his veins the black drop which he drew from his father’s or his mother’s life?  283
  Human society is made up of partialities.  284
  I am very content with knowing, if only I could know.  285
  I grieve that grief can teach me nothing, nor carry me one step into real nature.  286
  I grudge the dollar, the dime, the cent I give to such men as do not belong to me and to whom I do not belong; (but) there is a class of persons to whom, by all spiritual affinity, I am bought and sold; for them I will go to prison if need be.  287
  I had better never see a book than be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit and made a satellite instead of a system.  288
  I see that sensible men and conscientious men all over the world are of the one religion of well-doing and daring.  289
  I think sculpture and painting have an effect to teach us manners and abolish hurry.  290
  I will divide my goods; / Call in the wretch and slave: / None shall rule but the humble, / And none but toil shall have.  291
  Ideas must work through the brains and arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.  292
  If a man would be alone, let him look at the stars.  293
  If speculation tends to a terrific unity, in which all things are absorbed, action tends directly backwards to diversity.  294
  If the East loves infinity, the West delights in boundaries.  295
  If the king is in the palace, nobody looks at the walls. It is when he is gone, and the house is filled with grooms and gazers, that we turn from the people to find relief in the majestic men that are suggested by the pictures and the architecture.  296
  If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him.  297
  If the tongue had not been formed for articulation, man would still be a beast in the forest.  298
  If we live truly, we shall see truly.  299
  If we saw all the things that really surround us, we should be imprisoned and unable to move.  300
  If you criticise a fine genius, the odds are that you are out of your reckoning, and instead of the poet, are censuring your own caricature of him.  301
  If you would learn to write, it is the street you must learn it in.  302
  Imagination is central; fancy, superficial.  303
  Imitation is suicide.  304
  Immortality will come to such as are fit for it; and he who would be a great soul in future must be a great soul now.  305
  In a good lord there must first be a good animal, at least to the extent of yielding the incomparable advantage of animal spirits.  306
  In all human action, those faculties will be strong which are used.  307
  In an aristocratical institution like England, not trial by jury, but the dinner is the capital institution. It is the mode of doing honour to a stranger to invite him to eat, and has been for many a hundred years.  308
  In eloquence, the great triumphs of the art are when the orator is lifted above himself; when consciously he makes himself the mere tongue of the occasion and the hour, and says what cannot but be said.  309
  In every landscape the point of astonishment is the meeting of the sky and the earth, and that is seen from the first hillock as well as from the top of the Alleghanies.  310
  In failing circumstances no man can be relied on to keep his integrity.  311
  In our fine arts, not imitation, but creation, is the aim.  312
  In religion, the sentiment is all; the ritual or ceremony indifferent.  313
  In science we have to consider two things: power and circumstance.  314
  In self-trust all the virtues are comprehended.  315
  In spite of seeming difference, men are all of one pattern.  316
  In the fog of good and evil affections, it is hard for man to walk forward in a straight line.  317
  Infancy is the perpetual Messiah, which comes into the arms of fallen men, and pleads with them to return to Paradise.  318
  Intellect annuls fate; so far as a man thinks, he is free.  319
  Intellect lies behind genius, which is intellect constructive.  320
  Intellectual tasting of life will not supersede muscular activity.  321
  Invention breeds invention.  322
  Inventions have all been invented over and over fifty times. Man is the arch-machine, of which all these shifts drawn from himself are toy models.  323
  Is not marriage an open question when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in?  324
  It is a long way from granite to the oyster; farther yet to Plato, and the preaching of the immortality of the soul.  325
  It is a low benefit to give me something; it is a high benefit to enable me to do somewhat of myself.  326
  It is a main lesson of wisdom to know your own from another’s.  327
  It is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as to invent.  328
  It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.  329
  It is not metre, but metre-making agreement that makes a poem, a thought so passionate and alive, that, like the spirit of a plant or an animal, it has an architect of its own, and adorns nature with a new thing.  330
  It is not propositions, not new dogmas and a logical exposition of the world, that are our first need; but to watch and tenderly cherish the intellectual and moral sensibilities, those fountains of right thought, and woo them to stay and make their home with us.  331
  It is one soul which animates all men.  332
  It is only on reality that any power of action can be based.  333
  It is only the finite that has wrought and suffered; the infinite lies stretched in smiling repose.  334
  It is proof of a high culture to say the greatest matters in the simplest way.  335
  It is so much easier to do what one has done before than to do a new thing, that there is a perpetual tendency to a set mode.  336
  It is the best sign of a great nature, that it opens a foreground, and, like the breath of morning landscapes, invites us onward.  337
  It is the best use of fate to teach a fatal courage.  338
  It is the privilege of every human work which is well done, to invest the doer with a certain haughtiness.  339
  It is the secret of the world that all things subsist, and do not die, but only retire a little from sight, and afterwards return again.  340
  It is time enough to answer questions when they are asked.  341
  It makes a great difference to the force of any sentence whether there be a man behind it or no. In the learned journal, in the influential newspaper, I discern no form; only some irresponsible shadow; oftener some moneyed corporation, or some dangler, who hopes, in the mask and robes of his paragraph, to pass for somebody.  342
  It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune, and when you have got it, it requires ten times as much wit to keep it.  343
  Jesus Christ belonged to the true race of prophets. He saw with open eye the mystery of the soul. Drawn by its severe harmony, ravished with its beauty, He lived in it, and had His being there.  344
  Jesus speaks always from within, and in a degree that transcends all others. In that is the miracle.  345
  Justice is not postponed. A perfect equality adjusts its balance in all parts of life.  346
  Justice satisfies everybody, and justice alone.  347
  Kings are said to have long arms; but every man should have long arms, and should pluck his living, his instruments, his power, and his knowing from the sun, moon, and stars.  348
  Knowledge exists to be imparted.  349
  Knowledge is the knowing that we cannot know.  350
  Language at its infancy is all poetry.  351
  Language is always wise.  352
  Law it is which is without name, or colour, or hands, or feet; which is smallest of the least, and largest of the large; all, and knowing all things; which hears without ears, sees without eyes, moves without feet, and seizes without hands.  353
  Leave to the diamond its ages to grow, nor expect to accelerate the births of the eternal.  354
  Let a man believe in God, and not in names, places, and persons.  355
  Let not the emphasis of hospitality lie in bed and board; but let truth and love and honour and courtesy flow in all thy deeds.  356
  Let us approach our friend with an audacious trust in the truth of his heart, in the breadth, impossible to be overturned, of his foundations.  357
  Let us be poised, and wise, and our own to-day.  358
  Let us be silent, for so are the gods.  359
  Let us enjoy the cloven flame whilst it glows on our walls.  360
  Liberty is a slow fruit. It is never cheap; it is made difficult because freedom is the accomplishment and perfectness of man.  361
  Life has no memory.  362
  Life is a fortress which neither you nor I know anything about. Why throw obstacles in the way of its defence? Its own means are superior to all the apparatus of your laboratories.  363
  Life is a scale of degrees. Between rank and rank of our great men are wide intervals.  364
  Life is a search after power; and this is an element with which the world is so saturated—there is no chink or crevice in which it is not lodged—that no honest seeking goes unrewarded.  365
  Life is a series of surprises, and would not be worth taking or keeping if it were not.  366
  Life is a sincerity. In lucid intervals we say, “Let there be an entrance opened for me into realities; I have worn the fool’s cap too long.”  367
  Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.  368
  Life is freedom—life in the direct ratio of its amount…. The smallest candle fills a mile with its rays, and the pupillæ of a man run out to every star.  369
  Life is girt all round with a zodiac of sciences, the contributions of men who have perished to add their point of light to our sky…. These road-makers on every hand enrich us. We must extend the area of life and multiply our relations. We are as much gainers by finding a property in the old earth as by acquiring a new planet.  370
  Life is made up, not of knowledge only, but of love also…. The hues of sunset make life great; so the affections make some little web of cottage and fireside populous, important.  371
  Life is not intellectual or critical, but sturdy. Its chief good is for well-mixed people, who can enjoy what they find without question.  372
  Life is not long enough for art, not long enough for friendship.  373
  Life is not so short but there is always time enough for courtesy.  374
  Life is too short to waste / In critic peep or cynic bark, / Quarrel or reprimand; / ’Twill soon be dark.  375
  Life itself is a bubble and a scepticism, and a sleep within a sleep.  376
  Life must be lived on a higher plane. We must go up to a higher platform, to which we are always invited to ascend; there the whole aspect of things changes.  377
  Life only avails, not the having lived.  378
  Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live.  379
  Limitations refine as the soul purifies, but the ring of necessity is always perched at the top.  380
  Looking where others looked, and conversing with the same things, we catch the charm which lured them.  381
  Love is blind, and the figure of Cupid is drawn with a bandage round his eyes. Blind: yes, because he does not see what he does not like; but the sharpest-sighted hunter in the universe is Love for finding what he seeks, and only that.  382
  Love is omnipresent in nature as motive and reward.  383
  Love is strongest in pursuit, friendship in possession.  384
  Love, and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as much as the two sides of an algebraic equation.  385
  Love, which is the essence of God, is not for levity, but for the total worth of man.  386
  Make yourself necessary to the world, and mankind will give you bread.  387
  Make yourselves necessary to somebody.  388
  Man cannot be a naturalist, until he satisfies all the demands of the spirit.  389
  Man is a stream whose source is hidden.  390
  Man is but a little thing in the midst of the objects of nature, yet, by the moral quality radiating from his countenance, he may abolish all considerations of magnitude, and, in his manners, equal the majesty of the world.  391
  Man is explicable by nothing less than all his history.  392
  Man is man by virtue of willing, not by virtue of knowing and understanding; and as he is, so he sees.  393
  Man is man only as he makes life and nature happier to us.  394
  Man is more often injured than helped by the means he uses.  395
  Man is physically as well as metaphysically a thing of shreds and patches, borrowed unequally from good and bad ancestors, and a misfit from the start.  396
  Man is that noble endogenous plant which grows, like the palm, from within outward.  397
  Man is the arch-machine of which all these shifts drawn from himself are toy models. He helps himself on each emergency by copying or duplicating his own structure, just so far as the need is.  398
  Man is the dwarf of himself.  399
  Man is the whole encyclopedia of facts. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn; and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie enfolded already in the first man.  400
  Man is the will and woman is the sentiment. In this ship of humanity, Will is the rudder and Sentiment the sail; when woman affects to steer, the rudder is only a masked sail.  401
  Man’s life is a progress, and not a station.  402
  Man, made of the dust of the world, does not forget his origin; and all that is yet inanimate will one day speak and reason.  403
  Man, never so often deceived, still watches for the arrival of a brother who can hold him steady to a truth until he has made it his own.  404
  Mankind at large alway resemble frivolous children; they are impatient of thought, and wish to be amused.  405
  Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love, now repeated and hardened into a usage.  406
  Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence, and need not to be flattered, but to be schooled.  407
  Men are content to be brushed like flies from the path of a great person, so that justice shall be done by him to that common nature which it is the dearest desire of all to see enlarged and glorified.  408
  Men are not leaning willows, but can and must detach themselves.  409
  Men are respectable only as they respect.  410
  Men are what their mothers made them.  411
  Men are wiser than they know.  412
  Men cease to interest us when we find their limitations.  413
  Men descend to meet.  414
  Men have come to speak of the revelation as somewhat long ago given and done, as if God were dead.  415
  Men in all ways are better than they seem.  416
  Men learn behaviour, as they take diseases, one of another.  417
  Men of God have always, from time to time, walked among men, and made their commission felt in the heart and soul of the commonest hearer.  418
  Men of great gifts you will easily find, but symmetrical men never.  419
  Men of sense esteem wealth to be the assimilation of nature to themselves, the converting of the sap and juices of the planet to the incarnation and nutriment of their design.  420
  Men only rightly know themselves as far as they have experimented on things.  421
  Men run away to other countries because they are not good in their own, and run back to their own because they pass for nothing in the new places.  422
  Men who know the same things are not long the best company for each other.  423
  Men’s actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.  424
  Money often costs too much.  425
  Moral qualities rule the world, but at short distances the senses are despotic.  426
  Morals are generated as the atmosphere is. ’Tis a secret the genesis of either; but the springs of justice and courage do not fail any more than salt or sulphur springs.  427
  Most men and most women are merely one couple more.  428
  Most natures are insolvent; cannot satisfy their own wants, have an ambition out of all proportion to their practical force, and so do lean and beg day and night continually.  429
  Music is the poor man’s Parnassus.  430
  “My hand,” said Napoleon, “is immediately connected with my head,” but the sacred courage is connected with the heart.  431
  My joy in friends, those sacred people, is my consolation.  432
  My perception of a fact is as much a fact as the sun.  433
  Mysticism consists in the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for a universal one.  434
  Nature always speaks of spirit.  435
  Nature always wears the colours of the spirit. To a man labouring under calamity the heat of his own fire hath sadness in it.  436
  Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. It depends on the mood of the man whether he shall see the sunset or the fine poem.  437
  Nature cannot be surprised in undress. Beauty breaks in everywhere.  438
  Nature does not cocker us; we are children, not pets; she is not fond; everything is dealt to us without fear or favour, after severe, universal laws.  439
  Nature does not like to be observed, and likes that we should be her fools and playmates.  440
  Nature is a frugal mother, and never gives without measure.  441
  Nature is a mutable cloud, which is always and never the same.  442
  Nature is a vast trope, and all particular natures are tropes.  443
  Nature is despotic, and will not be fooled or abated of any jot of her authority by the pertest of her sons.  444
  Nature is full of freaks, and now puts an old head on young shoulders, and then a young heart beating under fourscore winters.  445
  Nature is good, but intellect is better, as the lawgiver is before the law-receiver.  446
  Nature is no spendthrift, but takes the shortest way to her ends.  447
  Nature is not fixed, but fluid; spirit alters, moulds, makes it.  448
  Nature is the best posture-master.  449
  Nature is the immense shadow of man.  450
  Nature knows how to convert evil to good; Nature utilises misers, fanatics, showmen, egotists to accomplish her ends; but we must not think better of the foible for that.  451
  Nature never hurries; atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work.  452
  Nature never sends a great man into the planet without confiding the secret to another soul.  453
  Nature stretches out her arms to embrace man; only let his thoughts be of equal greatness.  454
  Nature suffers nothing to remain in her kingdom which cannot help itself.  455
  Nature transcends all our moods of thought, and its secret we do not yet find.  456
  Nature trips us up when we strut.  457
  Nature will not be Buddhist; she resents generalising, and insults the philosopher in every moment with a million of fresh particulars.  458
  Nature works on the method of all for each and each for all.  459
  Nature works very hard, and only hits the white once in a million throws. In mankind, she is contented if she yields one master in a century.  460
  Necessity does everything well.  461
  Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.  462
  No chair is so much wanted (in our colleges) as that of a professor of books.  463
  No fact in nature but carries the whole sense of nature.  464
  No greater men are now than ever were.  465
  No law can be finally sacred to me but the law of my own nature.  466
  No man can antedate his experience.  467
  No man can learn what he has not preparation for learning, however near to his eyes the object may be.  468
  No man can quite emancipate himself from his age and country, or produce a model in which the education, the religion, the politics, the usages, and the arts of his times shall have no share.  469
  No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.  470
  No man ever stated his griefs as lightly as he might.  471
  No man has a prosperity so high and firm but two or three words can dishearten it.  472
  No man is quite sane; each has a slight determination of blood to the head, to make sure of holding him hard to some one point which Nature has taken to heart.  473
  “No man,” said Pestalozzi, “in God’s wide universe, is either willing or able to help any other man.” Help must come from the bosom alone.  474
  No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken.  475
  No orator can measure in effect with him who can give good nicknames.  476
  No people at the present day can be explained by their national religion. They do not feel responsible for it; it lies far outside of them.  477
  No power of genius has ever yet had the smallest success in explaining existence.  478
  No sensible person ever made an apology.  479
  None of those who own the land own the landscape; only he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet.  480
  None of us can wrong the universe.  481
  Not in nature, but in man is all the beauty and the worth he sees. The world is very empty, and is indebted to this gilding, exalting soul for its pride.  482
  Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.  483
  Nothing can be preserved but what is good.  484
  Nothing can bring you peace but yourself; nothing, but the triumph of principles.  485
  Nothing done by man in the past has any deeper sense than what he is doing now.  486
  Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve yourself to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.  487
  Nothing is fair or good alone.  488
  Nothing is impossible to the man who can will.  489
  Nothing is more deeply punished than the neglect of the affinities by which alone society should be formed, and the insane levity of choosing associates by others’ eyes.  490
  Nothing is more disgusting than the crowing about liberty by slaves.  491
  Nothing is more vulgar than haste.  492
  Nothing is of any value in books excepting the transcendental and extraordinary.  493
  Nothing is old but the mind.  494
  Nothing is quite beautiful alone; nothing but is beautiful in the whole.  495
  Novels are the journal or record of manners; and the new importance of these books derives from the fact that the novelist begins to penetrate the surface, and treat this part of life more worthily.  496
  Obedience alone gives the right to command.  497
  On the brink of the waters of life and truth we are miserably dying.  498
  One man’s justice is another man’s injustice; one man’s beauty, another’s ugliness; one man’s wisdom, another’s folly; as one beholds the same objects from a higher point.  499
  Oneness and otherness. It is impossible to speak or think without embracing both.  500
  Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is, or should be, an inventor.  501
  Only such persons interest us, Spartans, Romans, Saracens, English, Americans, who have stood in the jaws of need, and have by their own wit and might extricated themselves, and made man victorious.  502
  Only that good profits which we can taste with all doors open, and which serves all men.  503
  Only that is poetry which purifies and mans me.  504
  Only those books come down which deserve to last.  505
  Oracles speak.  506
  Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds.  507
  Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.  508
  Our affections are but tents of a night.  509
  Our best history is still poetry.  510
  Our best thoughts come from others.  511
  Our books are false by being fragmentary; the sentences are “bon mots,” and not parts of natural discourse; childish expressions of surprise or pleasure in nature—or worse.  512
  Our chief experiences have been casual.  513
  Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.  514
  Our delight in reason degenerates into idolatry of the herald.  515
  Our dissatisfaction with any other solution is the blazing evidence of immortality.  516
  Our domestic service is usually a foolish fracas of unreasonable demand on the one side and striking on the other.  517
  Our expense is almost all for conformity.  518
  Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough of literature.  519
  Our life might be much easier and simpler than we make it.  520
  Our poets are men of talents who sing, and not the children of music.  521
  Our religion assumes the negative form of rejection. Out of love of the true, we repudiate the false; and the religion is an abolishing criticism.  522
  Our social forms are very far from truth and equity.  523
  Our spontaneous action is always the best.  524
  Our temperaments differ in capacity of heat, or we boil at different degrees.  525
  Our thinking is a pious reception.  526
  Our torment is unbelief, the uncertainty as to what we ought to do, the distrust of the value of what we do, and the distrust that the necessity which we all at last believe in is fair and beneficial.  527
  Out of Plato come all things that are still written and debated about among men of thought.  528
  Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.  529
  Persons are love’s world, and the coldest philosopher cannot recount the debt of the young soul, wandering here in nature to the power of love, without being tempted to unsay, as treasonable to nature, aught derogatory to the social instincts.  530
  Persons of fine manners make behaviour the first sign of force,—behaviour, and not performance, or talent, or, much less, wealth.  531
  Poem (a) is a thought so passionate and alive, that, like the spirit of a plant or an animal, it has an architecture of its own, and adorns nature with a new thing.  532
  Poetry is faith.  533
  Poetry is inestimable as a lonely faith, a lonely protest in the uproar of atheism.  534
  Poetry is the only verity, the expression of a sound mind speaking after the ideal, and not after the apparent.  535
  Poetry is the perpetual endeavour to express the spirit of the thing; to pass the brute body, and search the life and reason which cause it to exist; to see that the object is always flowing away, whilst the spirit or necessity which causes it subsists.  536
  Poets are liberating gods; they are free and make free.  537
  Poets are natural sayers, sent into the world for the end of expression.  538
  Poets should be lawgivers; that is, the boldest lyric inspiration should not chide and insult, but should announce and lead the civil code, the day’s work.  539
  Politics is a deleterious profession, like some poisonous handicrafts.  540
  Poverty consists in feeling poor.  541
  Poverty demoralises.  542
  Power is according to quality, not quantity. How much more are men than nations?  543
  Prayer is a study of truth,—a sally of the soul into the unfound infinite.  544
  Prayer that craves a particular commodity, anything less than all good, is vicious. As a means to effect a private end, it is meanness and theft.  545
  Preaching is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life.  546
  Profligacy consists not in spending years of time or chests of money, but in spending them off the line of your career.  547
  Proud people are intolerably selfish, and the vain are gentle and giving.  548
  Proverbs, like the sacred books of each nation, are the sanctuary of the intuitions.  549
  Providence has a wild, rough, incalculable road to its end; and it is no use to try to whitewash its huge, mixed instrumentalities, to dress up that terrific benefactor in a clean shirt and white neckcloth of a student in divinity.  550
  Prudence is the virtue of the senses, the science of appearances, the outmost action of the inward life, God taking thought for oxen.  551
  Quotation confesses inferiority.  552
  Reading for the sense (in Shakespeare’s plays) will best bring out the rhythm.  553
  Real action is in silent moments.  554
  Reform is affirmative, conservatism negative; conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth.  555
  Religion cannot rise above the state of the votary. Heaven always bears some proportion to earth.  556
  Religion must always be a crab fruit; it cannot be grafted and keep its wild beauty.  557
  Religion or worship is the attitude of those who see that, against all appearances, the nature of things works for truth and right for ever.  558
  Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman—repose in energy. The Greek battle-pieces are calm; the heroes, in whatever violent actions engaged, retain a serene aspect.  559
  Right ethics are central, and go from the soul outward. Gift is contrary to the law of the universe.  560
  Right is more beautiful than private affection, and is compatible with universal wisdom.  561
  Rightly, poetry is organic. We cannot know things by words and writing, but only by taking a central position in the universe and living in its forms.  562
  Sacred courage indicates that a man loves an idea better than all things in the world; that he is aiming neither at self nor comfort, but will venture all to put in act the invisible thought in his mind.  563
  Saints are sad, because they behold sin (even when they speculate) from the point of view of the conscience, and not of the intellect.  564
  Scepticism is the attitude assumed by the student in relation to the particulars which society adores; but which he sees to be reverent only in their tendency and spirit.  565
  Scepticism is unbelief in cause and effect.  566
  Science always goes abreast with the just elevation of the man, keeping step with religion and metaphysics; or, the state of science is an index of our self-knowledge.  567
  Science corrects the old creeds … and necessitates a faith commensurate with the grander orbits and universal laws which it discloses.  568
  Science does not know its debt to imagination.  569
  Sculpture and painting have an effect to teach us manners and abolish hurry.  570
  Self-trust is the essence of heroism.  571
  Self-trust is the first secret of success.  572
  Serve the great; stick at no humiliation; grudge no office thou canst render; be the limb of their body, the breath of their mouth; compromise thy egotism.  573
  Shakespeare carries us to such a lofty strain of intelligent activity as to suggest a wealth that beggars his own; and we then feel that the splendid works which he has created, and which in other hours we extol as a sort of self-existent poetry, have no stronger hold of real nature than the shadow of a passing traveller on the rock.  574
  Shakespeare made his Hamlet as a bird weaves its nest.  575
  Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances…. Strong men believe in cause and effect.  576
  Silence is a solvent that destroys personality, and gives us leave to be great and universal.  577
  Sin seen from the thought is a diminution or loss; seen from the conscience or will, it is a pravity or bad.  578
  Skill to do comes of doing; knowledge comes by eyes always open, and working hands; and there is no knowledge that is not power.  579
  Sleep lingers all our lifetime about our eyes, as night hovers all day in the boughs of the fir-tree.  580
  Small-pot-soon-hot style of eloquence is what our county conventions often exhibit.  581
  So far as a man thinks he is free.  582
  So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the pith of each man’s genius contracts itself to a very few hours.  583
  So nigh is grandeur to our dust, / So near is God to man, / When Duty whispers low, “Thou must,” / The youth replies, “I can!”  584
  Society always consists, in greatest part, of young and foolish persons.  585
  Society cannot do without cultivated men. As soon as the first wants are satisfied, the higher wants become imperative.  586
  Society does not like to have any breath of question blown on the existing order.  587
  Society does not love its unmaskers.  588
  Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.  589
  Society is a masked ball, where every one hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding.  590
  Society is a troop of thinkers, and the best heads among them take the best places.  591
  Society is a wave. The wave moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not…. Its unity is only phenomenal.  592
  Society is barbarous, until every industrious man can get his living without dishonest customs.  593
  Society is full of infirm people, who incessantly summon others to serve them. They contrive everywhere to exhaust for their single comfort the entire means and appliances of that luxury to which our invention has yet attained.  594
  Society is infected with rude, cynical, restless, and frivolous persons, who prey upon the rest, and whom no public opinion concentrated into good manners, forms accepted by the sense of all, can reach.  595
  Society is servile from want of will, and therefore the world wants saviours and religions.  596
  Society will pardon much to genius and special gifts; but, being in its nature conventional, it loves what is conventional.  597
  Society wishes to be amused. I do not wish to be amused. I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred; the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.  598
  Solitude is impracticable, and society fatal.  599
  Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend, the cold, obscure shelter where moult the wings that will bear it farther than suns and stars. He who would inspire and lead his race must be defended from travelling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading, and writing in the daily time-worn yoke of their opinions.  600
  Some men, at the approach of a dispute, neigh like horses. Unless there be an argument going on, they think nothing is doing.  601
  Some talkers excel in the precision with which they formulate their thoughts, so that you get from them somewhat to remember; others lay criticism asleep by a charm.  602
  Something is wanting to science until it has been humanised.  603
  Speak the truth, and all nature and all spirits help you with unexpected furtherance; all things alive or brute are vouchers, and the very roots of the grass underground there do seem to stir and move to bear you witness.  604
  Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense.  605
  Spirit is the creator. Spirit hath life in itself. And man in all ages and countries embodies it in his language as the Father.  606
  Sport is the bloom and glow of perfect health.  607
  Steam is no stronger now than it was a hundred years ago, but it is put to better use.  608
  Sunday is the core of our civilisation, dedicated to thought and reverence.  609
  Surely nobody would be a charlatan who could afford to be sincere.  610
  Susceptibility to one class of influences, the selection of what is fit for him, the rejection of what is unfit, determines for a man the character of the universe.  611
  Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book.  612
  That is always best which gives me to myself.  613
  That is the best part of each writer which has nothing private in it.  614
  That which builds is better than that which is built.  615
  That which each man can do best, not but his Maker can teach him.  616
  That which the droning world, chained to appearances, will not allow the realist to say in his own words, it will suffer him to say in proverbs without contradiction.  617
  That which we do not believe we cannot adequately say, though we may repeat the words never so often.  618
  That which, intellectually considered, we call Reason, considered in relation to nature we call Spirit.  619
  The accepted and betrothed lover has lost the wildest charms of his maiden in her acceptance of him. She was heaven whilst he pursued her as a star—she cannot be heaven if she stoops to such a one as he.  620
  The atmosphere of moral sentiment is a region of grandeur which reduces all material magnificence to toys, yet opens to every wretch that has reason the doors of the universe.  621
  The basis of good manners is self-reliance.  622
  The beautiful rests on the foundation of the necessary.  623
  The best son is not enough a son.  624
  The book of Nature is the book of Fate.  625
  The borrower runs in his own debt.  626
  The castle which Conservatism is set to defend is the actual state of things, good and bad.  627
  The centuries are conspirators against the sanity and authority of the soul.  628
  The cheapness of man is every day’s tragedy.  629
  The city is recruited from the country.  630
  The conscious utterance of thought by speech or action, to any end, is art.  631
  The core will come to the surface.  632
  The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn; and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man.  633
  The cure for false theology is mother wit.  634
  The danger of dangers is illusion.  635
  The day of days … is the day on which the inward eye opens to the unity of things, to the omnipresence of law—sees that what is must be, and ought to be, or is the best.  636
  The democrat is a young conservative; the conservative is an old democrat.  637
  The disease with which the human mind now labours is want of faith.  638
  The emphasis of facts and persons has nothing to do with time.  639
  The entire system of things gets represented in every particle.  640
  The essence of friendship is entireness, a total magnanimity and trust.  641
  The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough. Poverty is its ornament. It does not need plenty, and can very well abide its loss.  642
  The essence or peculiarity of man is to comprehend a whole.  643
  The experience of each new age requires a new confession, and the world seems always waiting for its poet.  644
  The eye is easily daunted.  645
  The eye is the best of artists.  646
  The eye repeats every day the first eulogy on things: “He saw that they were very good.”  647
  The faith that stands on authority is not faith.  648
  The fatal trait (of the times) is the divorce between religion and morality.  649
  The field cannot be well seen from within the field. The astronomer must have his diameter of the earth’s orbit as a base to fix the parallax of any other star.  650
  The first period of a nation, as of an individual, is the period of unconscious strength.  651
  The first wealth is health. Sickness is poor-spirited, and cannot serve any one; it must husband its resources to live. But health or fulness answers its own ends, and has to spare, runs over, and inundates the neighbourhoods and creeks of other men’s necessities.  652
  The foundations of man are not in matter, but in spirit.  653
  The genius of light is friendly to the noble, and, in the dark, brings them friends from afar.  654
  The gods are on the side of the strongest.  655
  The gods of fable are the shining moments of great men.  656
  The Gothic cathedral is a blossoming in stone subdued by the insatiable demand of harmony in man.  657
  The great facts are the near ones.  658
  The great make us feel, first of all. the indifference of circumstances.  659
  The great man is he who, in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.  660
  The greatest genius is the most indebted man.  661
  The greatest man in history was the poorest.  662
  The greatest success is confidence, or perfect understanding between sincere people.  663
  The head is a half, a fraction, until it is enlarged and inspired by the moral sentiments.  664
  The heavenly powers never go out of their road.  665
  The highest heaven of wisdom is alike near from every point, and thou must find it, if at all, by methods native to thyself alone.  666
  The history of persecution is a history of endeavours to cheat Nature, to make water run uphill, to twist a rope of sand. It makes no difference whether the actors be many or one, a tyrant or a mob.  667
  The history of reforms is always identical; it is the comparison of the idea with the fact.  668
  The hours should be instructed by the ages, and the ages explained by the hours.  669
  The household is the home of the man as well as of the child.  670
  The imbecility of men is always inviting the impudence of power.  671
  The intelligent have a right over the ignorant; namely, the right of instructing them.  672
  The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.  673
  The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys.  674
  The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues the better we like him.  675
  The less we have to do with our sins the better.  676
  The light by which we see in this world comes out from the soul of the observer.  677
  The longest wave is quickly lost in the sea.  678
  The lover has more senses and finer senses than others.  679
  The lyric poet may drink wine and live generously, but the epic poet, who shall sing of the gods and their descent unto men, must drink water out of a wooden bowl.  680
  The main enterprise of the world for splendour, for extent, is the upbuilding of a man.  681
  The man is only half himself, the other half is his expression.  682
  The man that stands by himself, the universe stands also.  683
  The man who works at home helps society at large with somewhat more of certainty than he who devotes himself to charities.  684
  The mark of the man of the world is absence of pretension. He does not make a speech; he takes a low business-tone, avoids all brag, is nobody, dresses plainly, promises not at all, performs much, speaks in monosyllables, hugs his fact. He calls his employment by its lowest name, and so takes from evil tongues their sharpest weapon.  685
  The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later.  686
  The mind goes antagonising on, and never prospers but by fits.  687
  The mind that made the world is not one mind, but the mind.  688
  The mixtures of spiritual chemistry refuse to be analysed.  689
  The more profound the thought, the more burdensome.  690
  The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.  691
  The multitude have no habit of self-reliance or original action.  692
  The near explains the far.  693
  The night is for the day, but the day is not for the night.  694
  The one prudence in life is concentration.  695
  The one thing of value in the world is the active soul.  696
  The only gift is a portion of thyself.  697
  The only serious and formidable thing in Nature is will.  698
  The only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion.  699
  The only teller of news is the poet.  700
  The only thing grief has taught me is to know how shallow it is.  701
  The only way to have a friend is to be one.  702
  The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.  703
  The path of things is silent.  704
  The pest of society is egotists. There are dull and bright, sacred and profane, coarse and fine egotists. It is a disease that, like influenza, falls on all constitutions.  705
  The philosophy of six thousand years has not searched the chambers and magazines of the soul.  706
  The plenty of the poorest place is too great; the harvest cannot be gathered.  707
  The poet must believe in his poetry. The fault of our popular poetry is that it is not sincere.  708
  The poor are only they who feel poor.  709
  The population of the world is a conditional population; not the best, but the best that could live now.  710
  The punishment which the wise suffer, who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.  711
  The ray of light passes invisible through space, and only when it falls on an object is it seen.  712
  The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.  713
  The religions of the world are the ejaculations of a few imaginative men.  714
  The religions we call false were once true. They also were affirmations of the conscience correcting the evil customs of their times.  715
  The revelation of thought takes man out of servitude into freedom.  716
  The riddle of the age has for each a private solution.  717
  The sea tosses and foams to find its way up to the cloud and wind.  718
  The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.  719
  The secret of success in society is a certain heartiness and sympathy.  720
  The secrets of life are not shown except to sympathy and likeness.  721
  The sign of the poet is that he announces what no man foretold.  722
  The sole terms on which the past can become ours are its subordination to the present.  723
  The soul knows no persons.  724
  The soul may be trusted to the end.  725
  The soul’s emphasis is always right.  726
  The spirit only can teach.  727
  The State must follow, and not lead, the character and progress of the citizen.  728
  The street is full of humiliations to the proud.  729
  The student is to read history actively and not passively; to esteem his own life the text, and books the commentary. Thus compelled, the muse of history will utter oracles as never to those who do not respect themselves.  730
  The sweetest music is not in the oratorio, but in the human voice when it speaks from its instant life tones of tenderness, truth, or courage.  731
  The test or measure of poetic genius is to read the poetry of affairs, to fuse the circumstance of to-day.  732
  The thing done avails, and not what is said about it.  733
  The thought is always prior to the fact; all the facts of history pre-exist in the mind as laws.  734
  The Times are the masquerade of the Eternities; trivial to the dull, tokens of noble and majestic agents to the wise.  735
  The torments of martyrdoms are probably most keenly felt by the bystanders.  736
  The true preacher can be known by this, that he deals out to the people his life—life passed through the fire of thought.  737
  The universe has three children, born at one time … called cause, operation, and effect, or, theologically, the Father, the Spirit, and the Son. These three are equal … and each has the power of the others latent in him.  738
  The universe stands by him who stands by himself.  739
  The vice of our housekeeping is that it does not hold man sacred.  740
  The victories of character are instant, and victories for all.  741
  The visible creation is the terminus or the circumference of the invisible world.  742
  The walking of man and all animals is a falling forward.  743
  The way to mend the bad world is to create the right world.  744
  The whole course of things goes to teach us faith.  745
  The whole economy of nature is bent on expression.  746
  The whole interest of history lies in the fortunes of the poor.  747
  The whole of chivalry and of heraldry is in courtesy.  748
  The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.  749
  The wisest doctor is gravelled by the inquisitiveness of a child.  750
  The world exists for the education of each man.  751
  The world is nothing; the man is all.  752
  The world is upheld by the veracity of good men; they make the earth wholesome.  753
  The world still wants its poet-priest, who shall not trifle with Shakespeare, the player, nor shall grope in graves with Swedenborg, the mourner; but who shall see, speak, and act with equal inspiration.  754
  The world throws its life into a hero or a shepherd, and puts him where he is wanted. Dante and Columbus were Italians in their time; they would be Russians or Americans to-day.  755
  The world-spirit is a good swimmer, and storms and waves cannot drown him.  756
  There are faces so fluid with expression that we can hardly find what the mere features are.  757
  There are no fixtures in Nature. The universe is fluid and volatile.  758
  There can be no excess to love, none to knowledge, none to beauty, when these attributes are considered in the purest sense.  759
  There is a crack in everything God has made.  760
  There is a power over and behind us, and we are the channels of its communication.  761
  There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts—that is, the poet.  762
  There is a remedy for every wrong, and a satisfaction for every soul.  763
  There is a tendency in things to right themselves.  764
  There is a third silent party to all our bargains. The nature and soul of things takes on itself the guarantee of the fulfilment of every contract, so that honest service cannot come to loss.  765
  There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance.  766
  There is always room for a man of force, and he makes room for many.  767
  There is genius of a nation, which is not to be found in the citizen, but which characterises the society.  768
  There is never a beginning, there is never an end, to the inexplicable continuity of the web of God, but always circular power returning into itself.  769
  There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.  770
  There is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning.  771
  There is no great and no small / To the soul that maketh all; / And where it cometh, all things are; / And it cometh everywhere.  772
  There is no more welcome gift to men than a new symbol.  773
  There is no object so foul that intense light will not make beautiful. And the stimulus it affords to the sense, and a sort of infinitude which it hath like space and time, make all matter gay.  774
  There is no one who does not exaggerate.  775
  There is no pure malignity in nature.  776
  There is no thought in any mind, but it quickly tends to convert itself into a power, and organises a huge instrumentality of means.  777
  There is not yet any inventory of man’s faculties.  778
  There is nothing capricious in nature.  779
  There is nothing to which man is not related.  780
  There is power over and behind us, and we are the channels of its communication.  781
  There is properly no history, only biography.  782
  There is something not solid in the good that is done for us.  783
  There must be a man behind a book.  784
  There never was so great a thought labouring in the breasts of men as now.  785
  There will always be a government of force where men are selfish.  786
  They are not kings who sit on thrones, but they who know how to govern.  787
  They only should own who can administer.  788
  They only who build on ideas build for eternity.  789
  Things have their laws as well as men; and things refuse to be trifled with.  790
  Thinking is the function; living is the functionary.  791
  This ever-renewing generation of appearances rests on a reality, and a reality that is alive.  792
  This one fact the world hates—that the soul becomes.  793
  This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but knew what to do with it.  794
  This world belongs to the energetic.  795
  Though the world exists for thought, thought is daunted in presence of the world.  796
  Thought is the property of him who can entertain it, and of him who can adequately place it.  797
  Thought is the seed of action; but action is as much its second form as thought is its first. It rises in thought, to the end that it may be uttered and acted. The more profound the thought, the more burdensome. Always in proportion to the depth of its sense does it knock importunately at the gates of the soul, to be spoken, to be done.  798
  Thought takes man out of servitude into freedom.  799
  Thoughts come into our minds by avenues which we never left open, and thoughts go out of our minds through avenues which we never voluntary opened.  800
  Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts.  801
  ’Tis an economy of time to read old and famed books.  802
  ’Tis little we can do for each other.  803
  ’Tis the fine souls who serve us, and not what is called fine society.  804
  ’Tis the fulness of man that runs over into objects, and makes his Bibles and Shakespeares and Homers so great.  805
  ’Tis the good reader that makes the good book; a good head cannot read amiss; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences, or asides, hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear.  806
  ’Tis the old secret of the gods that they come in low disguises. ’Tis the vulgar great who come dizened with gold and jewels.  807
  To answer a question so as to admit of no reply, is the test of a man.  808
  To be great is to be misunderstood.  809
  To be rich is to have a ticket of admission to the master-works and chief men of each race.  810
  To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men—that is genius.  811
  To educate the wise man, the State exists; and with the appearance of the wise man, the State expires. The wise man is the State.  812
  To fill the hour, that is happiness.  813
  To think is to act.  814
  To those to whom we owe affection, let us be dumb until we are strong, though we should never be strong.  815
  Tobacco and opium have broad backs, and will cheerfully carry the load of armies, if you choose to make them pay high for such joy as they give and such harm as they do.  816
  To-day is a king in disguise.  817
  Travelling is a fool’s paradise.  818
  True fortitude of understanding consists in not letting what we know be embarrassed by what we do not know.  819
  True wit never made us laugh.  820
  Trust instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.  821
  Trust men, and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.  822
  Trust thyself; every heart vibrates to that iron string.  823
  Truth is too simple for us; we do not like those who unmask our illusions.  824
  Two may talk and one may hear, but three cannot take part in a conversation of the most sincere and searching sort.  825
  Unpublished nature will have its whole secret told.  826
  Use makes a better soldier than the most urgent considerations of duty—familiarity with danger enabling him to estimate the danger. He sees how much is the risk, and is not afflicted with imagination; knows practically Marshal Saxe’s rule, that every soldier killed costs the enemy his weight in lead.  827
  Valour consists in the power of self-recovery.  828
  Virtue is the adherence in action to the nature of things, and the nature of things makes it prevalent. It consists in a perpetual substitution of being for seeming, and with sublime propriety God is described as saying, I AM.  829
  War disorganises, but it is to re-organise.  830
  We acquire the strength we have overcome. Without war, no soldier; without enemies, no hero. The sun were insipid if the universe were not opaque.  831
  We are all richer for the measurement of a degree of latitude on the earth’s surface.  832
  We are as much informed of a writer’s genius by what he selects as by what he originates.  833
  We are awkward for want of thought. The inspiration is scanty, and does not arrive at the extremities.  834
  We are in a series of which we do not know the extremes, and believe that it has none.  835
  We are incompetent to solve the times…. We can only obey our own polarity.  836
  We are not strong by our power to penetrate, but by our relatedness.  837
  We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and winter we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservers at night.  838
  We are wiser than we know.  839
  We can receive anything from love, for that is a way of receiving it from ourselves; but not from any one who assumes to bestow.  840
  We cannot approach beauty. Its nature is like opaline dove’s-neck lustres, hovering and evanescent. Herein it resembles the most excellent things, which have all this rainbow character, defying all attempts at appropriation and use.  841
  We cannot overstate our debt to the past, but the moment has the supreme claim.  842
  We cannot part with our friends. We cannot let our angels go. We do not see that they only go out that archangels may come in. We are idolators of the old. We do not believe in the richness of the soul, in its proper eternity and omnipresence.  843
  We consecrate a great deal of nonsense, because it was allowed by great men.  844
  We do not count a man’s years until he has nothing else to count.  845
  We do not determine what we will think…. We have little control over our thoughts.  846
  We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.  847
  We have a great deal more kindness than is ever spoken. Maugre all the selfishness that chills like east winds the world, the whole human family is bathed with an element of love like a fine ether.  848
  We have little control over our thoughts. We are the prisoners of our ideas.  849
  We have such exorbitant eyes, that, on seeing the smallest arc, we complete the curve, and when the curtain is lifted from the diagram which it served to veil, we are vexed to find that no more was drawn than just that fragment of an arc which we first beheld.  850
  We know better than we do.  851
  We know truth when we see it, let sceptic and scoffer say what they choose.  852
  We like only such actions as have long already had the praise of men, and do not perceive that anything man can do may be divinely done.  853
  We live by our imaginations, by our admirations, by our sentiments.  854
  We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.  855
  We must be our own before we can be another’s.  856
  We must carry the beautiful with us, or we find it not.  857
  We need change of objects.  858
  We owe to man higher succours than food and fire. We owe to man, man.  859
  We pain ourselves to please nobody.  860
  We sink to rise.  861
  We sometimes meet an original gentleman, who, if manners had not existed, would have invented them.  862
  We sometimes see a change of expression in our companion, and say, His father or his mother comes to the windows of his eyes, and sometimes a remote relative. In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man’s skin—seven or eight ancestors at least—and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is.  863
  We think our civilisation near its meridian; but we are yet only at the cock-crowing and the morning star.  864
  We want but two or three friends, but these we cannot do without, and they serve us in every thought we think.  865
  We write from aspiration and antagonism, as well as from experience. We paint those qualities which we do not possess.  866
  Wealth is a shift. The wise man angles with himself only, and with no meaner bait.  867
  Wealth is the application of mind to nature; and the art of getting rich consists not in industry, much less in saving, but in a better order, in timeliness, in being at the right spot.  868
  Welcome evermore to gods and men is the self-helping man.  869
  What a force of illusion begins life with us, and attends us to the end!  870
  What a man does, that he has.  871
  What a man is irresistibly urged to say, helps him and us.  872
  What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.  873
  What is in will out.  874
  What is our life but an endless flight of winged facts or events?  875
  What is specially true of love is, that it is a state of extreme impressionability; the lover has more senses and finer senses than others; his eye and ear are telegraphs; he reads omens in the flower and cloud and face and form and gesture, and reads them aright.  876
  What man has done, man can do.  877
  What we are, that only can we see.  878
  What we call our root-and-branch reforms of slavery, war, gambling, intemperance, is only medicating the symptoms. We must begin higher up, namely, in education.  879
  What we pray to ourselves for is always granted.  880
  What your heart thinks great is great. The soul’s emphasis is always right.  881
  Whatever does not concern us is concealed from us.  882
  Whatever is known to thyself alone has always very great value.  883
  When a man becomes dear to me, I have touched the goal of fortune.  884
  When a man lives with God, his voice shall be as sweet as the murmur of the brook and the rustle of the corn.  885
  When a thought of Plato becomes a thought to me,—when a truth that fired the soul of Pindar fires mine, time is no more.  886
  When each comes forth from his mother’s womb, the gate of gifts closes behind him.  887
  When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost-work, but the solidest things we know.  888
  When half-gods go, / The gods arrive.  889
  When Nature removes a great man, people explore the horizon for a successor; but none comes, and none will.  890
  When the gods come among men, they are not known.  891
  When the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet, then all things are at risk. There is not a piece of science, but its flank may be turned to-morrow; there is not any literary reputation, nor the so-called eternal names of fame, that may not be revised and condemned.  892
  When the soul breathes through a man’s intellect, it is genius; when it breaks through his will, it is virtue; when it flows through his affection, it is love.  893
  When we are exalted by ideas, we do not owe this to Plato, but to the idea, to which also Plato was debtor.  894
  When we discern justice, when we discern truth, we do nothing of ourselves; we allow a passage to its beams.  895
  When we have broken our god of tradition, and ceased from our god of rhetoric, then may God fire the heart with his presence.  896
  Where do we find ourselves? In a series of which we do not know the extremes, and believe that it has none.  897
  Where the heart is, there the Muses, there the gods sojourn.  898
  Wherever snow falls, there is usually civil freedom.  899
  Wherever there is power there is age.  900
  Wherever work is done, victory is obtained.  901
  Whilst we converse with what is above us, we do not grow old, but grow young.  902
  Who leaves all receives more.  903
  Whoever fights, whoever falls, / Justice conquers evermore.  904
  Wisdom is not found with those who dwell at their ease; rather Nature, when she adds brain, adds difficulty.  905
  Wise men are not wise at all hours, and will speak five times from their taste or their humour to one from their reason.  906
  Wise, cultivated, genial conversation is the best flower of civilisation, and the best result which life has to offer us—a cup for gods, which has no repentance. Conversation is our account of ourselves. All we have, all we can, all we know is brought into play, and as the reproduction, in finer form, of all our havings.  907
  With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.  908
  With thought, with the ideal, is immortal hilarity, the rose of joy. Round it all the Muses sing.  909
  Within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence, the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related—the Eternal One.  910
  Without a rich heart wealth is an ugly beggar.  911
  Without cheerfulness no man can be a poet.  912
  Without great men, great crowds of people in a nation are disgusting; like moving cheese, like hills of ants or of fleas—the more, the worse.  913
  Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words.  914
  You cannot hide any secret.  915
  You may as well ask a loom which weaves huckaback why it does not make cashmere, as expect poetry from this engineer, or a chemical discovery from that jobber.  916
  Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.  917

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