Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
Truths and roses have thorns about them.
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself; but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life.
We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
There is danger that we lose sight of what our friend is absolutely, while considering what she is to us alone.
What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.
To be admitted to Nature's hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
It is the greatest of all advantages to enjoy no advantage at all.
I have thought there was some advantage even in death, by which we mingle with the herd of common men.
True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.