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American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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The firmest and noblest ground on which people can live is truth; the real with the real; a ground on which nothing is assumed, but where they speak and think and do what they must, because they are so and not otherwise.
      - [Truth]

The first lesson of history is the good of evil.
      - [Evil]

The first wealth is health.
      - [Health]

The flowering of civilization is the finished man, the man of sense, of grace, of accomplishment, of social power--the gentleman.
      - [Gentlemen]

The foible of weak minds.
      - [Consistency]

The foundation of culture, as of character, is at last the moral sentiment.
      - [Culture]

The genius of life is friendly to the noble, and, in the dark, brings them friends from far.
      - [Friends]

The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders, a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.
      - [Gods]

The god of victory is said to be one-handed, but peace gives victory on both sides.
      - [Peace]

The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape.
      - [Lawyers]

The great make its feel, first of all, the indifference of circumstances. They call into activity the higher perceptions, and subdue the low habits of comfort and luxury; but the higher perceptions find their objects everywhere; only the low habits need palaces and banquets.
      - [Greatness]

The great man is he who, in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
      - [Solitude]

The greatest success is confidence, or perfect understanding between sincere people.
      - [Success]

The Greek epigram intimates that the force of love is not shown by the courting of beauty, but where the like desire is inflamed for one who is ill-favored.
      - [Courtship]

The heroic soul does not sell its justice and its nobleness. It does not ask to dine nicely and to sleep warm. The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough. Poverty is its ornament. It does not need plenty, and can very well abide its loss.
      - [Heroes]

The history of persecution is a history of endeavor to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.
      - [Persecution]

The idiot, the Indian, the child, and unschooled farmer's boy stand nearer to the light by which nature is to be read, than the dissector or the antiquary.
      - [Discernment]

The imaginative faculty of the soul must be fed with objects immense and eternal.
      - [Soul]

The instincts of the ant are very unimportant, considered as the ant's; but the moment a ray of relation is seen to extend from it to man, and the little drudge is seen to be a monitor, a little body with a mighty heart, then all its habits, even that said to be recently observed, that it never sleeps, become sublime.
      - [Analogy]

The intelligent have a right over the ignorant; namely, the right of instructing them.
      - [Intelligence]

The judge weighs the arguments and puts a brave face on the matter, and since there must be a decision, decides as he can, and hopes he has done justice and given satisfaction to the community.
      - [Judges]

The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.
      - [Thought]

The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues the better we like him.
      - [Self-conceit]

The loud type of vulgarity.
      - [Profanity]

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
      - [Honor]

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