These apples have hung in the wind and frost and rain till they have absorbed the qualities of the weather or season, and thus are highly seasoned, and they pierce and sting and permeate us with their spirit.
Henry David Thoreau
I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do.
It seems as if no man had ever died in America before, for in order to die you must first have lived. These men, in teaching us how to die, have at the same time taught us how to live.
I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.
No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well.
Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.
I also have in my mind that seemingly wealthy, but most terribly impoverished class of all, who have accumulated dross, but know not how to use it, or get rid of it, and thus have forged their own golden or silver fetters.
Those who have been bred in the school of politics fail now and always to face the facts.
We worship not the Graces, nor the Parcae, but Fashion. She spins and weaves and cuts with full authority. The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveller's cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same.