What does education often do? It makes a straight cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.
I have lived some thirty odd years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language.
What a man thinks of himself that is what determines, or rather indicates his fate.
Government never furthered any enterprise but the alacrity with which it got out of the way.
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till the other is ready, and it may be along time before they get off.
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
Things do not change we change.
The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good be good for something.
None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.
There are now a days professors of philosophy but not philosophers.
Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
Time is but the stream I go a fishing in.
As if we could kill time without injuring eternity!
Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.