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American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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The universe does not jest with us, but is in earnest.
      - [Universe]

The value of a dollar is to buy just things; a dollar goes on increasing in value with all the genius and all the virtue of the world. A dollar in a university is worth more than a dollar in a jail; in a temperate, schooled, law-abiding community than in some sink of crime, where dice, knives, and arsenic are in constant play.
      - [Money]

The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain; and there is no good theory of disease which does not at once suggest a cure.
      - [Principles]

The virtue of books is to be readable.
      - [Books]

The walking of man and all animals, is a falling forward.
      - [Progress]

The walls of rude minds are scrawled all over with facts, with thoughts. They shall one day bring a lantern and read the inscriptions.
      - [Thought]

The whole of heraldry and of chivalry is in courtesy. A man of fine manners shall pronounce your name with all the ornament that titles of nobility could ever add.
      - [Courtesy]

The world always had the same bankrupt look, to foregoing ages as to us.
      - [World]

The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
      - [Opportunity]

The world is his who can see through its pretension.
      - [World]

The worst of charity is that the lives you are asked to preserve are not worth preserving.
      - [Charity]

The years teach much which the days never know.
      - [Experience]

The youth, intoxicated with his admiration of a hero, fails to see, that it is only a projection of his own soul, which he admires.
      - [Youth]

There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement.
      - [Party]

There are dull and bright, sacred and profane, coarse and fine egotists. It is a disease that, like influenza, falls on all constitutions. In the distemper known to physicians as chorea, the patient sometimes turns round, and continues to spin slowly in one spot. Is egotism a metaphysical varioloid of this malady?
      - [Egotism]

There are faces so fluid with expression, so flushed and rippled by the play of thought, that we can hardly find what the mere features really are. When the delicious beauty of lineament loses its power, it is because a more delicious beauty has appeared, that an interior and durable form has been disclosed.
      - [Face]

There are moods in which we court suffering, in the hope that here, at least, we shall find reality, sharp peaks and edges of truth. But it turns out to be scene-painting and counterfeit. The only thing grief has taught me is to know how shallow it is.
      - [Grief]

There can be no excess to love, none to knowledge, none to beauty, when these attributes are considered in the purest sense.
      - [Excess]

There comes a period of the imagination to each--a later youth--the power of beauty, the power of looks, of poetry.
      - [Imagination]

There is a kind of latent omniscience, not only in every man, but in every particle.
      - [Trifles]

There is a power in love to divine another's destiny better than that other can, and by heroic encouragements, hold him to his task. What has friendship so signal as its sublime attraction to whatever virtue is in us?
      - [Friendship]

There is a property in the horizon which no man has, but he whose eyes can integrate all the parts,--that is, the poet.
      - [Landscape]

There is a remedy for every wrong and a satisfaction for every soul.
      - [Soul]

There is a third silent party to all our bargains. The nature and soul of things takes on itself the guaranty of the fulfillment of every contract, so that honest service cannot come to loss. If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put God in your debt. Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is withholden, the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer.
      - [Fidelity]

There is a time in every man's education when be arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance.
      - [Envy]

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