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Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
I suppose that I have not many months to live: but of course I know nothing about it. I may add that I am enjoying existence as much as ever, and regret nothing.
If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
My enemies are worms, cool days, and most of all woodchucks.
The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
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.
For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms and did my duty faithfully though I never received one cent for it.
Be not simply good - be good for something.
It's only by forgetting yourself that you draw near to God.
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.
It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience. But a corporation of conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience.
I silently smiled at my incessant good fortune.
Amid a world of noisy, shallow actors it is noble to stand aside and say, 'I will simply be.
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
Those who have been bred in the school of politics fail now and always to face the facts.
A distinguished clergyman told me that he chose the profession of a clergyman because it afforded the most leisure for literary pursuits. I would recommend to him the profession of a governor.
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
The world is but a canvas for our imagination
That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
Commonly men will only be brave as their fathers were brave, or timid.
Whate'er we leave to God God does and blesses us.
Truth strikes us from behind and in the dark, as well as from before and in broad daylight.
Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society.
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
To enjoy a thing exclusively is commonly to exlcude yourself from the true enjoyment of it.
Gnaw your own bone gnaw at it bury it unearth it gnaw it still.
Now-a-days, men wear a fool's cap, and call it a liberty cap.
We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to let alone.
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.
It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
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.
I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.
Things do not change we change.
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
Men have become the tools of their tools.
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
Beware all enterprises that require new clothes.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.
Is there not a sort of blood shed when the conscience is wounded? Through this wound a man's real manhood and immortality flow out, and he bleeds to an everlasting death
Wildness is the preservation of the World.
What are these pines & these birds about? What is this pond a-doing? I must know a little more.