To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.
It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances.
Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
Pictures must not be too picturesque.
Christmas makes everything twice as sad.
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.
I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.
The years teach much which the days never know.
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.
People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know.
Power and speed be hands and feet.
I have no hostility to nature, but a child's love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.
Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force - that thoughts rule the world.
A Bachelor of Arts is one who makes love to a lot of women, and yet has the art to remain a bachelor.
Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never.
Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.