There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.
Simplicity is the glory of expression.
Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?
He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher.
There is no object so soft but it makes a hub for the wheeled universe.
I accept reality and dare not question it.
To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.
All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.
When I give, I give myself.
Freedom - to walk free and own no superior.
Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.
In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single word.
I heard what was said of the universe, heard it and heard it of several thousand years; it is middling well as far as it goes - but is that all?
Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
If you done it, it ain't bragging.
Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.
Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?
Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?
I exist as I am, that is enough.
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains.
The future is no more uncertain than the present.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
The beautiful uncut hair of graves.
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.