It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.
Henry David Thoreau
To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
He has no time to be anything but a machine. How can he remember well his ignorance—which his growth requires—who has so often to use his knowledge? We should feed and clothe him gratuitously sometimes, and recruit him with our cordials, before we judge of him.
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
I have thought there was some advantage even in death, by which we mingle with the herd of common men.