Comparatively, tattooing is not the hideous custom which it is called. It is not barbarous merely because the printing is skin-deep and unalterable.
Henry David Thoreau
Actually, the laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day; he cannot afford to sustain the manliest relations to men; his labor would be depreciated in the market. He has no time to be anything but a machine.
No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well.
We should impart our courage, and not our despair, our health and ease, and not our disease, and take care that this does not spread by contagion ...
Throw one arch at least over the darker gulf of ignorance which surrounds us.
Not till we are completely lost or turned around, do we begin to find ourselves.