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The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind.

The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind.


         

Without the emotion of the beautiful, the sublime, the mysterious, there is no art, no religion, no literature.

Without the emotion of the beautiful, the sublime, the mysterious, there is no art, no religion, no literature.


         
Fear, love, and hunger were the agents that developed the wits of the lower animals, as they were, of course, the prime factors in developing the intelligence of man.

Fear, love, and hunger were the agents that developed the wits of the lower animals, as they were, of course, the prime factors in developing the intelligence of man.


         
Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.

Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.


         
I go to books and to nature as the bee goes to a flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey.

I go to books and to nature as the bee goes to a flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey.


         

Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.

Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.


         
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.


         
Few persons realize how much of their happiness such as it is is dependent upon their work.

Few persons realize how much of their happiness such as it is is dependent upon their work.


         
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.


         
Wisdom cannot come by railroad or automobile or aeroplane, or be hurried up by telegraph or telephone.

Wisdom cannot come by railroad or automobile or aeroplane, or be hurried up by telegraph or telephone.


         
How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.

How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.


         

I have discovered the secret of happiness - it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy.

I have discovered the secret of happiness - it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy.


         
The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.


         
I was born with a chronic anxiety about the weather.

I was born with a chronic anxiety about the weather.


         
The secret of happiness is something to do.

The secret of happiness is something to do.


         
Serene I fold my hands and wait.

Serene I fold my hands and wait.


         
In October, a maple tree before your window lights up your room like a great lamp. Even on cloudy days, its presence helps to dispel the gloom.

In October, a maple tree before your window lights up your room like a great lamp. Even on cloudy days, its presence helps to dispel the gloom.


         
He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.


         
The spirit of man can endure only so much and when it is broken only a miracle can mend it.

The spirit of man can endure only so much and when it is broken only a miracle can mend it.


         
If you think you can do it, you can.

If you think you can do it, you can.