Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it
Me too thy nobleness has taught
To master my despair;
The fountains of my hidden life
Are through thy friendship fair.
Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.
The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.
These are the voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world.
Colleges and books only copy the language which the field and the work-yard made.
Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.
It is not the length of life, but the depth of life. He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.
The mind of this country, taught to aim at low objects, feeds upon itself.