The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor.
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance.
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
I have thought there was some advantage even in death, by which we mingle with the herd of common men.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars.
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.
When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
If it is surely the means to the highest end we know, can any work be humble or disgusting? Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder, the means by which we are translated?