Man tells his aspiration in his God; but in his demon he shows his depth of experience.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
I am suffocated and lost when I have not the bright feeling of progression.
It is a vulgar error that love, a love, to woman is her whole existence; she is born for Truth and Love in their universal energy.
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
Harmony exists no less in difference than in likeness, if only the same key-note govern both parts.
It should be remarked that, as the principle of liberty is better understood, and more nobly interpreted, a broader protest is made in behalf of women. As men become aware that few have had a fair chance, they are inclined to say that no women have had a fair chance.
But her eye, that torch or the soul, is untamed, and in the intensity of her reading, we see a soul invincibly young in faith and hope.
Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.
Art can only be truly art by presenting an adequate outward symbol of some fact in the interior life.
Drudgery is as necessary to call out the treasures of the mind, as harrowing and planting those of the earth.
Our capacities, our instincts for this our present sphere are but half developed. Let us be completely natural; before we trouble ourselves with the supernatural.
We have waited here long in the dust; we are tired and hungry; but the triumphal procession must appear at last.
It seems that it is madder never to abandon one's self than often to be infatuated; better to be wounded, a captive and a slave, than always to walk in armor.
What concerns me now is that my life be a beautiful, powerful, in a word, a complete life of its kind.
The character and history of each child may be a new and poetic experience to the parent, if he will let it.
Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman... Nature provides exceptions to every rule.
Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved. As far as an amiable disposition and powers of entertainment make you so, it is a happiness; but if there is one grain of plausibility, it is poison.
Genius will live and thrive without training but it does not the less reward the watering pot and the pruning knife.
Reverence the highest, have patience with the lowest. Let this day's performance of the meanest duty be thy religion. Are the stars too distant, pick up the pebble that lies at thy feet, and from it learn the all.
I now know all the people worth knowing in America, and I find no intellect comparable to my own.
The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency.
Let every woman, who has once begun to think, examine herself.
It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.
The use of criticism, in periodical writing, is to sift, not to stamp a work.
There are noble books but one wants the breath of life sometimes.
Beings, likely to be left alone, need to be fortified and furnished within themselves, and educationand thought have tended more and more to regard these beings as related to absolute being ...
Yet, by men in this country, as by the Jews, when Moses was leading them to the promised land, everything has been done that inherited depravity could do, to hinder the promise of Heaven from its fulfilment. The cross, here as elsewhere, has been planted only to be blasphemed by cruelty and fraud.
Would that the simple maxim, that honesty is the best policy, might be laid to heart; that a sense of the true aim of life might elevate the tone of politics and trade till public and private honor become identical.
Be what you would seem to be - or, if you'd like it put more simply - a house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
Two persons love in one another the future good which they aid one another to unfold.
We need to hear the excuses men make to themselves for their worthlessness.
Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.
For precocity some great price is always demanded sooner or later in life.
Above all things; to remember that hypocrisy is the most hopeless as well as the meanest of crimes...
Accursed be he who willingly saddens an immortal spirit---doomed to infamy in later, wiser ages, doomed in future stages of his own being to deadly penance, only short of death.
But the intellect, cold, is ever more masculine than feminine; warmed by emotion, it rushes towards mother earth, and puts on the forms of beauty.