The highest that we can attain to is not Knowledge, but Sympathy with Intelligence.
Henry David Thoreau
Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion.
To many creatures there is in this sense but one necessary of life, Food.
Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. But we love better to talk about it: that we say is our mission. Reform keeps many scores of newspapers in its service, but not one man.
The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well? You.