They… who await
No gifts from Chance, have conquered Fate.
The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.
With aching hands and bleeding feet
We dig and heap, lay stone on stone;
We bear the burden and the heat
Of the long day, and wish ’twere done.
Not till the hours of light return
All we have built as we discern.
For the creation of a masterwork of literature two powers must concur, the power of the man and the power of the moment, and the man is not enough without the moment.
The brave, impetuous heart yields everywhere to the subtle, contriving head.
Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.
‘Tis not to see the world
As from a height, with rapt prophetic eyes,
And heart profoundly stirred;
And weep, and feel the fullness of the past,
The years that are not more.
Topics: The Past
Who hesitate and falter life away, and lose tomorrow the ground won today.
Topics: Secrets of Success
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things
Experience—making all futures, fruits of all the pasts.
One thing only has been lent to youth and age in common—discontent.
Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.
Culture is both an intellectual phenomenon and a moral one.
Culture is the passion for sweetness and light, and (what is more) the passion for making them prevail.
Mind is a light which the Gods mock us with To lead false those who trust it.
If experience has established any one thing in this world, it has established this: that it is well for any great class and description of men in society to be able to say for itself what it wants, and not to have other classes, the so-called educated and intelligent classes, acting for it as its proctors, and supposed to understand its wants and to provide for them. A class of men may often itself not either fully understand its wants, or adequately express them; but it has a nearer interest and a more sure diligence in the matter than any of its proctors, and therefore a better chance of success.
Unquiet souls. In the dark fermentation of earth, in the never idle workshop of nature, in the eternal movement, yea shall find yourselves again.
People think that I can teach them style. What stuff it all is. Have something to say and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style.
Topics: Authors & Writing
Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.
Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world.
With close-lipped Patience for our only friend, Sad Patience, too near neighbor to Despair.
The working-class is now issuing from its hiding-place to assert an Englishman’s heaven-born privilege of doing as he likes, and is beginning to perplex us by marching where it likes, meeting where it likes, bawling what it likes, breaking what it likes.
Cruel, but composed and bland,
Dumb, inscrutable and grand,
So Tiberius might have sat,
Had Tiberius been a cat.
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