Concord is a classic land. The names of Emerson and Thoreau and Channing and Hawthorne are associated with the fields and forests and lakes and rivers of this township.

Who knows, the mind has the key to all things besides.

Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few.

Prudence is the footprint of Wisdom.

Success is sweeter and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.

Action and blood now get the game. Disdain treads on the peaceful name.

Of books in our time the variety is so voluminous, and they follow so fast from the press, that one must be a swift reader to acquaint himself even with their titles, and wise to discern what are worth reading.

The passions refuse to be organized on a basis of their own; hostile to personal freedom and one another, they rush precipitately into anarchy and mob rule.

Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture.

No one is promiscuous in his way of dying. A man who has decided to hang himself will never jump in front of a train.

Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure..

Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.

The less routine the more life.

To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.

The less of routine, the more of life.

An author who sets his reader on sounding the depths of his own thoughts serves him best.

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.

Ideas first and last: yet it is not till these are formulated and utilized that the devotees of the common sense discern their value and advantages. The idealist is the capitalist on whose resources multitudes are maintained life long. Ideas in the head set hands about their several tasks, thus carrying forward all human endeavors to their issues.

A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.

Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.

All unrest is but the struggle of the soul to reassure herself of her inborn immortality.

Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.

First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.

Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.

A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.

Man must have some recognized stake in society and affairs to knit him lovingly to his kind, or he is wont to revenge himself for wrongs real or imagined.

Devotees of grammatical studies have not been distinguished for any very remarkable felicities of expression.

Who knows the mind has the key to all things else.

Our dreams drench us in senses, and senses steps us again in dreams.

Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.

Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.

Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps.

We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples.

Our ideals are our better selves.

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.

Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.

While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.

Sleep on your writing; take a walk over it; scrutinize it of a morning; review it of an afternoon; digest it after a meal; let it sleep in your drawer a twelvemonth; never venture a whisper about it to your friend, if he be an author especially.

I perceive that I am neither a planter of the backwoods, pioneer, nor settler there, but an inhabitant of the Mind, and given to friendship and ideas. The ancient society, the Old England of New England, Massachusetts for me.

Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.