be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy - your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.
Belief fuels our decisions - even when we are not clearly aware of those beliefs.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty.
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.
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
You can never really live anyone else's life, not even your child's. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you've become yourself.
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.
Nature provides exceptions to every rule.
Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
In actual life it requires the greatest discipline to be simple, and the acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook upon life.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
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