Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
To feel that one has a place in life solves half the problem of contentment.
Always begin anew with the day, just as nature does. It is one of the sensible things that nature does.
The school of life embodies a compulsory education that no man escapes.
Thrashing is not the most noticeably awful of disappointments. Not to have attempted is the genuine disappointment.
I am quite sure that no friendship yields its true pleasure and nobility of nature without frequent communication, sympathy and service.
The willingness to take risks is our grasp of faith.
You must find the ideas that have some promise in them... It is not enough to just have ideas.
We foresee no limit to scientific advancement in the future, and in scientific truth there is nothing dead; science is always a living and growing body of knowledge; but art on the contrary has many times run its course to an end, and exhausted its vital power.
To realize life in the abstract as noble or beautiful or humane, to set it forth so with radiance upon it, that is civilization in the arts. Shakespeare is the chief modern example of this supreme faculty of mankind.
The sweetest roamer is a boy's young heart.
Is there not an art, a music, and a stream of words that shalt be life, the acknowledged voice of life?
If you can't have faith in what is held up to you for faith, you must find things to believe in yourself, for a life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live.
You may name a bronze statue 'Liberty,' or a painted figure in a city hall 'Commerce,' or a marble form in a temple 'Athene' or 'Venus;' but what is really there is only a representation of a single woman.
The language of literature is the language of all the world. It is necessary to divest ourselves at once of the notion of diversified vocal and grammatical speech which constitutes the various tongues of the Earth, and conceals the identity of image and logic in the minds of all men.
A writer is justly called 'universal' when he is understood within the limits of his civilization, though that be bounded by a country or an age.
I believe that ideal character in its perfection is potentially in every man who is born into the world.
A marvellous power of expression over language often distinguishes genius; but Shakespeare in his phrases seems independent of the bonds of language as of the bonds of metre.
I seldom deal in symbolisms; if there be hidden meanings in my verse, they are there without my knowledge.
The poet craves emotion, and feeds the fire that consumes him, and only under this condition is he baptized with creative power.
Our understanding of Shakespeare already depends largely on the vitality of Renaissance elements in our education. Each man must live in his own generation, as the saying is; but the generations are bound together by the golden links of the great tradition of civilization.
My first recollection of hearing Wendell Phillips is from my college days, though of course he was always one of my heroes, and I may have heard him before, for we were an anti-slavery family.
Words are intermediary between thought and things. We express ourselves really not through words, which are only signs, but through what they signify - through things.
The sense that someone else cares always helps because it is the sense of love.
To be faithful to your instincts and the impulses that carry you in the direction of the excellence you most desire and value ... surely that is to lead the noble life.
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