Thou art to me a delicious torment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The wise man in the storm prays God not for safety from danger but for deliverance from fear.
The vegetable life does not content itself with casting from the flower or the tree a single seed, but it fills the air and earth with a prodigality of seeds, that, if thousands perish, thousands may plant themselves, that hundreds may come up, that tens may live to maturity; that, at least one may replace the parent.
A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree; or draw a child by studying the outlines of its form merely… but by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature and can then draw him at every attitude.
To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty.
Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody.
The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.
Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.