I have thought there was some advantage even in death, by which we mingle with the herd of common men.
Things do not change we change.
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now.
The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.
That government is best which governs least.
The perception of beauty is a moral test.
Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar.
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.
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
The man who goes alone can start today but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
There is danger that we lose sight of what our friend is absolutely, while considering what she is to us alone.
No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
There is always a present and extant life, be it better or worse, which all combine to uphold.
he price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Live the life you've dreamed.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.
My life has been the poem I would have writ, But I could not both live and utter it.
It's not worth our while to let our imperfections disturb us always.
If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend.
My friend is one who takes me for what I am.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
It is not enough to be busy... The question is: what are we busy about?
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.