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Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

There never was a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep.

Many might go to Heaven with half the labor they go to hell.

Even in the mud and scum of things, something always sings.

Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.

Good as is discourse, silence is better and shames it.

Real action is in silent moments.

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.

Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One.

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Be an opener of doors.

New York is a sucked orange.

Sorrow makes us all children again - destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.

The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.

The solar system has no anxiety about its reputation.

Society is a hospital of incurables.

Take notes on the spot. A note is worth a cart-load of recollections.

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.

I am thankful for small mercies. I compared notes with one of my friends who expects everything of the universe, and is disappointed when anything is less than the best, and I found that I begin at the other extreme, expecting nothing, and am always full of thanks for moderate goods.

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

That only which we have within, can we see without. If we meet no Gods, it is because we harbor none. If there is a grandeur in you, you will find grandeur in porters and sweeps.

Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.

The Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.

The things taught in colleges and schools are not an education, but the means of education.

Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory.

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

People do not deserve good writing, they are so pleased with bad.

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?

We are always getting ready to live but never living.

I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.

Genius borrows nobly.

Ah, if the rich were rich as the poor fancy riches.

We acquire the strength we have overcome.

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command.

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.

The essence of age is intellect. Wherever that appears, we call it old.

The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.

Fame is proof that the people are gullible.

Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

There is a blessed necessity by which the interest of men is always driving them to the right, and making all crime mean and ugly.

The years teach much which the days never knew.

Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up.

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

A great man is always willing to be little.

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