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American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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As the traveler who has lost his way, throws his reins on his horse's neck, and trusts to the instinct of the animal to find his road, so must we do with the divine animal who carries us through this world.
      - [God : Trust]

As you are old and reverend, you should be wise.
      - [Age]

Battle, with the sword, has cut many a Gordian knot in twain which all the wit of East and West, of Northern and Border statesmen, could not untie.
      - [War]

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee, and do not try to make the universe a blind alley.
      - [Opportunity]

Beauty is its own excuse for being.
      - [Beauty]

Beauty is the mark God sets on virtue. Every natural action is graceful. Every heroic act is also decent, and causes the place and the bystanders to shine.
      - [Beauty]

Besides the general infusion of wit to heighten civility, the direct splendor of intellectual power is ever welcome in fine society, as the costliest addition to its rule and its credit.
      - [Society]

Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.
      - [Thinkers]

Blame is safer than praise.
      - [Blame]

Body cannot teach wisdom; God only.
      - [Wisdom]

Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use? What is the one end, which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire. I had better never see a book than to be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system.
      - [Books]

But what is the imagination? Only an arm or weapon of the interior energy; only the precursor of the reason.
      - [Imagination]

By virtue of the Deity thought renews itself inexhaustibly every day and the thing whereon it shines, though it were dust and sand, is a new subject with countless relations.
      - [Thought]

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self.
      - [Independence]

Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end preexists in the means, the fruit in the seed.
      - [Cause]

Chiefly the sea-shore has been the point of departure to knowledge, as to commerce. The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.
      - [Commerce]

Children are all foreigners.
      - [Children]

Christianity taught the capacity, the element, to love the All-perfect without a stingy bargain for personal happiness. It taught that to love Him was happiness;--to love Him in others' virtues.
      - [Christianity]

Cities force growth, and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial.
      - [Cities]

Cities give us collision. 'Tis said London and New York take the nonsense out of a man.
      - [Cities]

Columbus discovered no isle or key so lonely as himself.
      - [Columbus]

Concentration is the secret of strength.
      - [Concentration]

Congratulate yourselves if you have done something strange and extravagant and broken the monotony of a decorous age.
      - [Self-praise]

Consider what you have in the smallest chosen library. A company of the wisest and wittiest men that could be picked out of all civil countries, in a thousand years, have set in best order the results of their learning and wisdom. The men themselves were hid and inaccessible, solitary, impatient of interruption, fenced by etiquette; but the thought which they did not uncover to their bosom friend is here written out in transparent words to us, the strangers of another age.
      - [Libraries]

Consistency is the bugbear that frightens little minds.
      - [Consistency]

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