There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do anything else.
I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now.
'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.
Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
Is the babe young? When I behold it, it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
I have been as sincere a worshipper of Aurora as the Greeks.
I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.
The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.
What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself; but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life.
I have seen how the foundations of the world are laid, and I have not the least doubt that it will stand a good while.
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.
If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
Live the life you've dreamed.