Our faith comes in moments... yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.
The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.
Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?
What is the imagination? Only an arm or weapon of the interior energy; only the precursor of the reason.
It does not need that a poem should be long. Every word was once a poem. Every new relationship is a new word.
Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.
Music causes us to think eloquently.
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
Stay at home in your mind. Don't recite other people's opinions. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
That which we call sin in others, is experiment for us.
No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
Every thought which genius and piety throw into the world alters the world.
The sea, washing the equator and the poles, offers its perilous aid, and the power and empire that follow it... ''Beware of me,'' it says, ''but if you can hold me, I am the key to all the lands.''