Two attempts have been made in the world to found social life: the one was upon religion, and the other was upon social necessity. The one was founded upon spirituality, the other upon materialism; the one upon transcendentalism, the other upon realism.
Every hero becomes a bore at last.
As to the mental essence, we find it in infants devoid of every mental form.
The first essence of journalism is to know what you want to know, the second, is to find out who will tell you.
The very essence of rationalism is that it assumes that the reason is the highest faculty in man and the lord of all the rest.
When it's working, what acting is really about is getting into the essence of a moment in a creative, joyous way - through whatever frees you up.
For more than five years I maintained myself thus solely by the labour of my hands, and I found, that by working about six weeks in a year, I could meet all the expenses of living.
People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
To laugh often and much ... this is to have succeeded. Probably not from Emerson: here's the full quotation and the story.
Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no invention; it is all memory. Reform has no gratitude, no prudence, no husbandry.
To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.
Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you're telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much.
As the moral gloom of the world overpowers all systematic gaiety, even so was their home of wild mirth made desolate amid the sad forest.
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