Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.
Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.
We are taught by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it.
We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
There is a tendency for things to right themselves.
The German intellect wants the French sprightliness, the fine practical understanding of the English, and the American adventure; but it has a certain probity, which never rests in a superficial performance, but asks steadily, To what end? A German public asks for a controlling sincerity.
Real action is in silent moments.
Let us, if we must have great actions, make our own so. All action is of infinite elasticity, and the least admits of being inflated with celestial air, until it eclipses the sun and moon.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.