It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.
Things do not change, we do.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
We falsely attribute to men a determined character -- putting together all their yesterdays -- and averaging them -- we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support -- it is worse than a large family -- he is the silent poor indeed.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.
If you give money, spend yourself with it.
The generative energy, which, when we are loose, dissipates and makes us unclean, when we are continent invigorates and inspires us. Chastity is the flowering of man; and what are called Genius, Heroism, Holiness, and the like, are but various fruits which succeed it.
City life is millions of people being lonesome together.
Category: Cities And City Life
Why level downward to our dullest perception always, and praise that as common sense? The commonest sense is the sense of men asleep, which they express by snoring.
Category: Common Sense
I have a great deal of company in my house; especially in the morning, when nobody calls.
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked what I thought, and attended to my answer.
The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.
As to conforming outwardly, and living your own life inwardly, I have not a very high opinion of that course.