To say that a man is your Friend, means commonly no more than this, that he is not your enemy.
Henry David Thoreau
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
Trade and commerce, if they were not made of India-rubber, would never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are continually putting in their way.
Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! The actual world! The common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? Where are we?
It is remarkable how long men will believe in the bottomlessness of a pond without taking the trouble to sound it.
Life in us is like the water in a river.