The broadest and most prevalent error requires the most disinterested virtue to sustain it.
The earth I tread on is not a dead inert mass. It is a body—has a spirit—is organic—and fluid to the influence of its spirit—and to whatever particle of the spirit is in me.
You cannot kill time without injuring eternity.
Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue; for money comes between a man and his objects, and obtains them for him; it was certainly no great virtue to obtain it.
To enjoy a thing exclusively is commonly to exlcude yourself from the true enjoyment of it.
It is a great art to saunter.
We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
By turns our purity inspires and our impurity casts us down.
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, and it may be that he who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve.
It is a surprising and memorable, as well as valuable experience, to be lost in the woods any time.
Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.
There will be a wide margin for relaxation to his day. He is only earnest to secure the kernels of time, and does not exaggerate the value of the husk.
A lady once offered me a mat, but as I had no room to spare within the house, nor time to spare within or without to shake it, I declined it, preferring to wipe my feet on the sod before my door. It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
I do not know how to distinguish between waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?
Give me a wildness whose glance no civilization can endure.
I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well. Unfortunately, I am confined to this theme by the narrowness of my experience.
No man loses ever on a lower level by magnanimity on a higher. Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.
If a man doesn't keep pace with his companions, perhaps it's because he hears a different drummer.
All good things are wild and free.
I would remind my countrymen that they are to be men first, and Americans only at a late and convenient hour.