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There is something wrong about the man who wants help. There is somewhere a deep defect, a want, in brief, a need, a crying need,…
Some dying men are the most tyrannical; and certainly, since they will shortly trouble us so little for evermore, the poor fellows ought to be…
To be called one thing, is oftentimes to be another.
Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.
Yet habit – strange thing! what cannot habit accomplish?
They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.
There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too; and goodness that is not greenness, either, no more than sorrow is.
There is nothing namable but that some men will, or undertake to, do it for pay.
There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.
There is all of the difference in the world between paying and being paid.
There are hardly five critics in America; and several of them are asleep.
Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.
Truth is the silliest thing under the sun. Try to get a living by the Truth and go to the Soup Societies. Heavens! Let any…
Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises… the best excellence in the children of any other land.
Art is the objectification of feeling.
Know, thou, that the lines that live are turned out of a furrowed brow.
Where do murderers go, man! Who’s to doom, when the judge himself is dragged to the bar?
Toil is man’s allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that’s more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.
Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?
There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.
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