Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance.. Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.. If a man could undertake to make use of all the things in his dustbin, he would be a broader genius than Shakespeare.
If you know what a man's doing, get in front of him; but if you want to guess what he's doing keep behind him.
Odd, isn't it, that a thief and a vagabond should repent, when so many who are rich and secure remain hard and frivolous, and without fruit for God or man?
Men may keep a sort of level of good, but no man has ever been able to keep on one level of evil.
A man making the confession of any creed worth ten minutes' intelligent talk, is always a man who gains something and gives up something. So long as he does both he can create: for he is making an outline and a shape.