Experience—making all futures, fruits of all the pasts.
Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things
Men of culture are the true apostles of equality.
Culture is both an intellectual phenomenon and a moral one.
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.
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
Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false impossible shore.
Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world.
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.
Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.
Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.
Unquiet souls. In the dark fermentation of earth, in the never idle workshop of nature, in the eternal movement, yea shall find yourselves again.
Is it so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived the light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done, to have advanced true friends, and beat down baffling foes?
Topics: Blessings, Living
Here is the element or power of conduct, of intellect and knowledge, of beauty, and of social life and manners, and all needful to build up a complete human life.—We have instincts responding to them all, and requiring them all, and we are perfectly civilized only when all these instincts of our nature—all these elements in our civilization have been adequately recognized and satisfied.
They… who await
No gifts from Chance, have conquered Fate.
With close-lipped Patience for our only friend, Sad Patience, too near neighbor to Despair.
Who hesitate and falter life away, and lose tomorrow the ground won today.
Topics: Secrets of Success
Cruel, but composed and bland,
Dumb, inscrutable and grand,
So Tiberius might have sat,
Had Tiberius been a cat.
Mind is a light which the Gods mock us with To lead false those who trust it.
Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.
We must hold fast to the austere but true doctrine as to what really governs politics and saves or destroys states. Having in mind things true, things elevated, things just, things pure, things amiable, things of good report; having these in mind, studying and loving these, is what saves states.
But each day brings its petty dust our soon-choked souls to fill, and we forget because we must, and not because we will.
Life is the application of noble and profound ideas to life.
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