People only see what they are prepared to see.
Self-trust is the essence of heroism.
I pay the schoolmaster, but 'tis the school boys that educate my son.
Let us treat men and women well; treat them as if they were real. Perhaps they are.
You think that it is because I have3 an income which exempts me from your day-labour, that I waste (as you call it) my time in sun-gazing and star-gazing.? You do not know me.? If my debts, as they threaten, should consume what money I have, I should live just as I do now: I should eat worse food, and wear a courser coat, and should wander in a potato patch instead of in the wood?- but it is I, not my twelve hundred dollars a year that love God.
If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
... truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.
Every ship is a romantic object, except that we sail in.
The world is so beautiful that I can hardly believe it exists.
Is it so bad then to be misunderstood??Pythagoras was misunderstoon, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.?To be great is to be misunderstood.
All history resolves itslef very easity into the biography of a few stout and earnest persons.
I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with the roughest courage. When they are real, they are not glass threads or frost-work, but the solidest thing we know.
Make your own bible.? Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of the trumpet.
This deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour,but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one.
Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude tolive after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowdkeeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are shining parts, is the soul.
We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty,to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
There is a principle which is the basis of things, which all speech aims to say, and all action to evolve, a simple, quiet, undescribed, undescribable presence,dwelling very peacefully in us, our rightful lord: we are not to do, but to let do; not to work, but to be worked upon.