Sentencje w bazie gavagai:
Never try to make anyone like yourself - you know, and God knows, that one of you is enough.
Great geniuses have the shortest biographies. Their cousins can tell you nothing about them.
Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.
A sect or party is an incognito devised to save man from the vexation of thinking.
No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker with no Past at my back.
Heaven always bears some proportion to earth. The god of the cannibal will be a cannibal, of the crusades a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
Intellect annuls Fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free....The revelation of Thought takes man out of servitude into freedom.
In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.
Love of beauty is Taste...The creation of beauty is Art.
There never was a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep.
A friend is one before whom I may think aloud
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Every mind has a choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both.
Let a man know his worth, and keep things under his feet.
By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.
If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbour, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
By right or wrong Lands and goods go to the strong.
God screens men from premature ideas.
Our best thoughts come from others.
There is properly no history; only biography.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
The religion that is afraid of science dishoners God and commits suicide.
Wszystko, cokolwiek ogranicza nasze działania, nazywamy przeznaczeniem.
Nic tak nie zadziwia ludzi, jak zdrowy rozsądek i proste działanie.
Pieniądze często kosztują bardzo dużo.
Dobre maniery składają się z samych małych ofiar.
Prawdziwa siła rozumienia polega na tym, aby nie dopuścić do skrępowania naszej wiedzy przez to, czego nie wiemy.
The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Wise men put their trust in ideas and not in circumstances.
Every wall is a door.
Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book.
A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
Good writing is a kind of skating which carries off the performer where he would not go.
Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass. There is no such thing as concealment.
No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it.
Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
Every hero becomes a bore at last.
Every reform is only a mask under cover of which a more terrible reform, which dares not yet name itself, advances.
You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong.
Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die.
When it is dark enough you can see the stars.
Take notes on the spot, a note is worth a cart-load of recollections.
To be great is to be misunderstood.
In failing circumstances no man can be relied on to keep his integrity.
We boil at different degrees.
The end of the human race is that it will die of civilization.
The highest compact we can make with our fellow is - "Let there be truth between us two forevermore."
Weed - a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.
Whilst he sits on the cushions of advantage, he goes to sleep.
The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world, is the highest applause.
They can conquer who believe they can. It is he who has done the deed once who does not shrink from attempting it again.
All mankind love a lover.
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.
Hitch your wagon to a star.
Nothing great was ever acchieved without enthusiasm.
To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!
For what avail the plough or sail, Or land or life, if freedom fail?
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist.
Through we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it within us or we will find it not.
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
It is impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself.
The education of the will is the object of our existence.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.
Life is a successon of lessons, which must be lived to be understood.
Skill to do comes of doing.
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 d raw him at every attitude,
Life is a progress, and not a station.
To fill the hour-that is happiness.
A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
Be and not seem.
Character is what can do without success. (Essays)
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
Do not say things. What you are stands over you the while and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well. He has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.
Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind.
Fame is proof that people are gullible.
Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance.
Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.
I hate quotations.
I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquillity which religion is powerless to bestow.
Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such who are in the institution wish to get out; and such as are out wish to get in.
It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age.
The less government we have the better.
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
Make yourself necessary to somebody.
A man is related to all nature.
Men are what their mothers made them.
Never read a book that is not a year old.
Only those books come down which deserve to last . All the gilt edges, vellum and morocco, all the presentation copies to all the libraries will not preserve a book in circulation beyond its intrinsic date.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
The reliance on property is...the want of self-reliance. [Men] measure the esteem of each other by what each has, and not by what each is. But a cultivated man becomes ashamed of his property...(Essays)
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours.
There are always those who think they know what is your responsibility better than you do.
They say the cows laid out Boston. Well, there are worse surveyors.
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.
Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions; the surest poison is time.
To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.
Truth is beautiful, without a doubt. But so are lies.
We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
What I must do is all that concerns me. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.
What is the hardest thing in the world? To think.
The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.
It is easy to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who, in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
In following the strong bent of his genius, he was self assured that he should 'create the taste by which he is to be enjoyed.
Genius borrows nobly.
In every work of genius, we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
Art is a jealous mistress, and, if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband, and an ill provider, and should be wise in season, and not fetter himself with duties which will imbitter his days and spoil him for his proper work.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
The highest virtue is always against the law.
Money often costs too much.
Choćbyśmy cały świat przemierzyli w poszukiwaniu Piękna, nie znajdziemy go nigdzie, jeżeli nie nosimy go w sobie...
Najlepszym sposobem na znalezienie przyjaciela jest być nim dla samego siebie.
Nie próbuj nigdy robić kogoś drugiego takim, jakim ty sam jesteś. Wiesz przecież dobrze - i Bóg wie również - że jeden egzemplarz z tego rodzaju wystarczy.
Niektórych ludzi winno się zażywać tylko w bardzo małych dawkach.
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting -- a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.
An eye can threaten like a loaded and levelled gun, or it can insult like hissing or kicking; or, in its altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance for joy. ... One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily symbol of identity.
Though we travel the world over to find beauty, we must carry it with us or we find it not . . . The difference between landscape and landscape is small, but there is a great difference in beholders.
Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.
There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance ; that imitation is suicide.
Fikcja odkrywa prawdy, które rzeczywistość zaciemnia.