It is one of those fables, which, out of an unknown antiquity, convey an unlooked-for wisdom, that the gods, in the beginning, divided Man into men, that he might be more helpful to himself; just as the hand was divided into fingers, the better to answer its end.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The populace think that your rejection of popular standards is a rejection of all standard, and mere antinomianism; and the bold sensualist will use the name of philosophy to gild his crimes. But the law of consciousness abides.
Every genuine work of art has as much reason for being as the earth and the sun.
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
That which we call sin in others is experiment for us.
What greater pain could mortals have than this To see their children dead before their eyes.