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American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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Without a rich heart wealth is an ugly beggar.
      - [Wealth]

Without the rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.
      - [Wealth]

Women see through Claude Lorraines.
      - [Women]

Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words.
      - [Words]

Would we codify the laws that should reign in households, and whose daily transgression annoys and mortifies us, and degrades our household life, we must adorn every day with sacrifices. Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
      - [Sacrifice]

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
      - [Kindness]

You cannot hide any secret. If the artist succor his flagging spirits by opium or wine, his work will characterize itself as the effect of opium or wine. If you make a picture or a statue, it sets the beholder in that state of mind you had when you made it. If you spend for show, on building, or gardening, or on pictures, or on equipages, it will so appear. We are all physiognomists and penetrators of character, and things themselves are detective.
      - [Secrecy]

You cannot see the mountain near.
      - [Blindness]

You must elect your work; you shall take what your brains can, and drop all the rest. Only so can that amount of vital force accumulate which can make the step from knowing to doing. No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken. It is a step out of a chalk circle of imbecility into fruitfulness.
      - [Method]

You will always find those who think they know your duty better than you know it.
      - [Duty]

Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.
      - [Goodness]

Youth is everywhere in place.
      - [Youth]

Books are the best things, well used: abused, among the worst.
      - American Scholar [Books]

Character is higher than intellect. . . . A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.
      - American Scholar [Character]

The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul.
      - American Scholar [Soul]

Alas for the unhappy man that is called to stand in the pulpit, and not give the bread of life.
      - An Address to the Senior Class in Divinity College, Cambridge

The April winds are magical,
  And thrill our tuneful frames;
    The garden-walks are passional
      To bachelors and dames.
      - April [April]

Bring me wine, but wine which never grew
  In the belly of the grape,
    Or grew on vine whose tap-roots, reaching through
      Under the Andes to the Cape,
        Suffered no savor of the earth to escape.
      - Bacchus (st. 1) [Wine and Spirits]

He thought it happier to be dead,
  To die for Beauty, than live for bread.
      - Beauty (l. 25) [Death]

The sea returning day by day
  Restores the world-wide mart.
    So let each dweller on the Bay
      Fold Boston in his heart
        Till these echoes be choked with snows
          Or over the town blue ocean flows.
      - Boston (st. 20) [Boston]

We grant no dukedoms to the few,
  We hold like rights and shall;
    Equal on Sunday in the pew,
      On Monday in the mall.
        For what avail the plough or sail,
          Or land, or life, if freedom fail?
      - Boston (st. 5) [Freedom]

My angel,--his name is Freedom,--
  Choose him to be your king;
    He shall cut pathways east and west,
      And fend you with his wing.
      - Boston Hymn [Freedom]

Every sweet hath its sour, every evil its good.
      - Compensation [Sweetness]

Proverbs like the sacred books of each nation, are the sanctuary of the intuitions.
      - Compensation [Proverbs (General)]

An eye can threaten like a loaded and levelled gun, or can insult like hissing or kicking; or, in its altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance with joy.
      - Conduct of Life--Behavior [Eyes]

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