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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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City life is millions of people being lonesome together.
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But lo! men have become the tools of their tools.
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Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
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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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Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
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Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.
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Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
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The pleasure we feel in music springs from the obedience which is in it.
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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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The way by which you may get money almost without exception leads downward.
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I say, break the law.
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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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The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?
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The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.
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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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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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Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.
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The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
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All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong.
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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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There are nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man.
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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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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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Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.
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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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There is no remedy for love than to love more.
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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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This American government -- what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will.
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To say that a man is your Friend, means commonly no more than this, that he is not your enemy. Most contemplate only what would be the accidental and trifling advantages of Friendship, as that the Friend can assist in time of need by his substance, or his influence, or his counsel. Even the utmost goodwill and harmony and practical kindness are not sufficient for Friendship, for Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody.
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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
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We have not so good a right to hate any as our Friend.
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I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision.
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That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as another s. We see so much only as we possess.
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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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You cannot kill time without injuring eternity.
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If I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior.
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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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