Every people have gods to suit their circumstances.
After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing.
Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
God reigns when we take a liberal view, when a liberal view is presented to us.
As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.
If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.
Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.
Be not simply good - be good for something.
The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.
It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.
Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.
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.
How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.
There is no just and serene criticism as yet.