What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
The first wealth is health.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.
Pictures must not be too picturesque.
Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
Christmas makes everything twice as sad.
Old age: I fall asleep during the funerals of my friends.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.
Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.
The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.
Earth laughs in flowers.
It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances.
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.
We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.
Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.