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    Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.

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    City life is millions of people being lonesome together.

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    I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.

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    But lo! men have become the tools of their tools.

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    Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

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    Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.

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    There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.

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    Is not disease the rule of existence? There is not a lily pad floating on the river but has been riddled by insects. Almost every shrub and tree has its gall, oftentimes esteemed its chief ornament and hardly to be distinguished from the fruit. If misery loves company, misery has company enough. Now, at midsummer, find me a perfect leaf or fruit.

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    Almost any man knows how to earn money, but not one in a million knows how to spend it.

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    The broadest and most prevalent error requires the most disinterested virtue to sustain it.

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    A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.

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    The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.

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    Of what significance are the things you can forget.

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    The only wealth is life.

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    Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.

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    Our whole life is startlingly moral. There is never an instant's truce between virtue and vice.

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    Don't be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so.

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    Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

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    The pleasure we feel in music springs from the obedience which is in it.

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    At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.

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    If the fairest features of the landscape are to be named after men, let them be the noblest and worthiest men alone.

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    A name pronounced is the recognition of the individual to whom it belongs. He who can pronounce my name aright, he can call me, and is entitled to my love and service.

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    The way by which you may get money almost without exception leads downward.

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    Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.

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    What is a country without rabbits and partridges? They are among the most simple and indigenous animal products; ancient and venerable families known to antiquity as to modern times; of the very hue and substance of Nature, nearest allied to leaves and to the ground.

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    He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.

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    A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars. What are threescore years and ten hurriedly and coarsely lived to moments of divine leisure in which your life is coincident with the life of the universe?

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    I have received no more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage.

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    The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.

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    Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.

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    If I shall sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society, as most appear to do, I'm sure that, for me, there would be nothing left worth living for.

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    I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life... I wanted to live so sturdily and so Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life... to drive life into a corner to know it by experience and be able to give an account of it in my next excursion.

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    However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are the richest.

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    There is no remedy for love than to love more.

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    Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.

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    Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

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    The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?

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    The mass never comes up to the standard of its best member, but on the contrary degrades itself to a level with the lowest.

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    In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds.

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    We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the Old World some weeks nearer to the New; but perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad, flapping American ear will be that the Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough.

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    The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.

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    I say, break the law.

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    We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets. We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.

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    Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

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    If I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior.

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    Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.

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    We shall see but little way if we require to understand what we see. How few things can a man measure with the tape of his understanding! How many greater things might he be seeing in the meanwhile!

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    The universe is wider than our views of it.

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    One farmer says to me, You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with; and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.

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    I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.

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