All good things are cheap: all bad are very dear.
Henry David Thoreau Quotes
It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look. To affect the quality of the day – that is the highest of […]
The highest condition of art is artlessness.
I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes. Could you, in such a case, tell surely of any company of civilized men which belonged to the most respected class?
The mice which haunted my house were not the common ones, which are said to have been introduced into the country, but a wild native kind not found in the village. I sent one to a distinguished naturalist, and it interested him much. When I was building, one of these had its nest underneath the […]
Governments show thus how successfully men can be imposed upon, even impose on themselves, for their own advantage. It is excellent, we must all allow. Yet this government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way. It does not keep the country free. It does […]
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.