I appeal from your customs. I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whateverinly rejoices me, and the heart appoints. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own.
Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.
As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
The connection between dress and war is not far to seek; your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.
Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, while he who has one enemy shall meet him everywhere.
Nothing shall I, while sane, compare with a friend.
Ah, well, then I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means.
I shall state silences more competently than ever a better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo.
I celebrate myself, and what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease... observing a spear of summer grass.
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?
He who seeks for methods without having a definite problem in mind seeks in the most part in vain.
I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an Honest Man.
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.
Who shall measure the hat and violence of the poet's heart when caught and tangled in a woman's body?
Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.
The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.
The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us.
Our moods do not believe in each other.?To-day I am full of thoughts, and can write what I please.? I see no reason why I should not have the same thought, the same power of expression, to-morrow.? What I write, whilst I write it, seems the most natural thing in the world; but yesterday I saw a dreary vacuity in this direction in which now I see so much; and a month hence, I doubt not, I shall wonder who he was that wrote so many continuous pages.? Alas for this infirm faith, this will not strenuous, this vast ebb of a vast flow!?I am God in nature; I am a weed by the wall.