When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.
The essence of a democracy is a free electorate.
Even as empiricism is winning the mind, transcendentalism continues to win the heart.
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
Integrity is the essence of everything successful.
The essence of humanity's spiritual dilemma is that we evolved genetically to accept one truth and discovered another. Is there a way to erase the dilemma, to resolve the contradictions between the transcendentalist and the empiricist world views?
As for Doing-good, that is one of the professions which are full.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.
I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.
The real essence of work is concentrated energy.
Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so.
We do not enjoy poetry unless we know it to be poetry.
There are always two parties;
the establishment and the movement.
The Transcendentalist adopts the whole connection of spiritual doctrine. He believes in miracle, in the perpetual openness of thehuman mind to new influx of light and power; he believes in inspiration, and in ecstacy.
A walk in the woods can reveal many things, and it is a good time to practice transcendentalism. Look at a tree and realize it's not just a tree, its roots may go into the ground but it may also go into other worlds, other eternities.
I am, indeed, an absolute materialist so far as actual belief goes; with not a shred of credence in any form of supernaturalism—religion, spiritualism, transcendentalism, metempsychosis, or immortality.
Mystery is in the morning, and mystery in the night, and the beauty of mystery is everywhere; but still the plain truth remains, that mouth and purse must be filled.
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.
Almost every sect of Christianity is a perversion of its essence, to accommodate it to the prejudices of the world.
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