No nobler feeling than this of admiration for one higher than himself dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man’s life.
Topics: Heroes/Heroism, Admiration, Respect
A noble book! All men’s book! It is our first, oldest statement of the never-ending problem,—man’s destiny, and God’s ways with him here on earth; and all in such free-flowing outlines,—grand in its sincerity; in its simplicity and its epic melody.
There is endless merit in a man’s knowing when to have done.
Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.
What an enormous magnifier is tradition! How a thing grows in the human memory and in the human imagination, when love, worship, and all that lies in the human heart, is there to encourage it.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule.
The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart.
Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist.
Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness on the confines of two everlasting hostile empires, – Necessity and Free Will.
Only the person of worth can recognize the worth in others.
One life – a little gleam of Time between two Eternities.
The purpose of man is in action not thought.
Look up, and behold the eternal fields of light that lie round about the throne of God. Had no star ever appeared in the heavens, to man there would have been no heavens; and he would have laid himself down to his last sleep, in a spirit of anguish, as upon a gloomy earth vaulted over by a material arch—solid and impervious.
Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school fees are heavy.
Society is founded upon cloth.
The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.
Skepticism, as I said, is not intellectual only; it is moral also; a chronic atrophy and disease of the whole soul. A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things. A sad case for him when all that he can manage to believe is something he can button in his pocket, and with one or the other organ eat and digest! Lower than that he will not get.
Topics: Argument, Skepticism
All great peoples are conservative.
Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.
Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
Topics: Perseverance, Virtues, Persistence
The meaning of song goes deep. Who is there that, in logical words, can express the effect music has on us? A kind of inarticulate, unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for moments gaze into that!
The soul gives unity to what it looks at with love.
Pin your faith to no ones sleeves, haven’t you two eyes of your own.
Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.
In the huge mass of evil as it rolls and swells, there is ever some good working toward deliverance and triumph.
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