Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.
Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.
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.
Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide.
The virtue in most request is conformity.
Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.
My life is for itself and not for a spectacle.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men that is genius.
God loves to help him who strives to help himself.
An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.
Discontent is want of self-reliance; it is infirmity of will.
What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness.
Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents.