The sublime is excited in me by the great stoical doctrine, obey thyself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
As we are, so we do; and as we do, so is it done to us; we are the builders of our fortunes.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
I am only an experimenter. Do not set the least value on what I do, or the least discredit on what I do not, as if I pretended to settle any thing as true or false. I unsettle all things. No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker.
Every natural action is graceful.
What is the foundation of that interest all men feel in Greek history, letters, art, and poetry, in all its periods, from the Heroic or Homeric age down to the domestic life of the Athenians and Spartans, four or five centuries later? What but this, that every man passes personally through a Grecian period.