1:I should not intrude my affairs so much on the notice of my readers if very particular inquiries had not been made by my townsmen concerning my mode of life,which some would call impertinent,though they do not appear to me at all impertinent,but,considering the circumstances,very natural and pertinent. 2:I trust that none will stretch the seams in putting on the coat,for it may do good servic...
1:I should not intrude my affairs so much on the notice of my readers if very particular inquiries had not been made by my townsmen concerning my mode of life,which some would call impertinent,though they do not appear to me at all impertinent,but,considering the circumstances,very natural and pertinent.
2:I trust that none will stretch the seams in putting on the coat,for it may do good service to him whom it fits.
3:Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion.what a man thinks of himself,that it is which determines,or rather indicates,his fate.
4:The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.From the desperate city you go into the desperate country,and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats.A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.
5:All men want,not something to do with,but something to do,or rather something to be.Perhaps we should never procure a new suit,however ragged or dirty the old,until we have so conducted,so enterprised or sailed in some way ,that we feel like new men in the old,and that to retain it would be like keeping new wine in old bottles.
6:We worship not the Graces,nor the Parace,but Fashion.
7:Every generation laughs at the old fashions,but follows religiously the new.
8: The childish and savage taste of men and women for new patterns keeps how many shaking and squinting through kaleidoscopes that they may discover the particular figure which this generation requires today.
9: It is the luxurious and dissipated who set the fashions which the herd so diligently follow.
10: I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.I would rather ride on earth in an ox cart,with a free circulation,than go to heaven in the fancy car of an excursion train and breathe a malaria all the way.
11:The best works of art are the expression of man’s struggle to free himself from this condition,but the effect of our art is merely to make this low state to be forgotten.
12:Many think that seeds improve with age,I have no doubt that time discriminates between the good and the bad.
13: When you think of getting a farm turn it thus in your mind,not to buy greedily; nor spare your pains to look at it,and do not think it enough to go round it once.The oftener you go there the more it will please you,if it is good. I think I shall not buy greedily,but go round and round it as long as I live,and be buried in it first,that it may please me the more at last.
14:What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
15: Age is no better ,hardly so we’ll qualified for an instructor as youth,for it has not profited so much as it has lost.
16:Confucius said,“To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know,that is true knowledge ”.
17:Most of the luxuries,and many of the so-called comforts of life,are not only not indispensable,but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
18:To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school,but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates,a life of simplicity, independence,magnanimity,and trust.
19:All memorable events,I should say,transpire in morning time and in a morning atmosphere.The Vedas say,“All intelligences awake with the morning ”. Poetry and art, and the fairest and most memorable of the actions of men,date from such an hour.All poets and heroes,like Memnon,are the children of Aurora,and emit their music at sunrise.
20: The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion,only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive.
21:Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details,worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour .If we refused,or rather used up, such paltry information as we get,the oracles would distinctly inform us how this might be done.
22:To a philosopher all news,as it is called, is gossip,and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
23:Be it life or death,we crave only reality.
24:I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time.To be in company, even with the best,is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone.
25: Solitude is not measured by the miles of space that intervene between a man and his fellows.
26:The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening.It is a little star-dust caught,a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.
27:However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life ,poor as it is.
28:Cultivate poverty like a garden herb,like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things,whether clothes or friends.Turn the old;return to them.Things do not change;we change.Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do not society.If I were confined to a corner of a garret all my days,like a spider, the world would be just as large to me while l had my thoughts about me. The philosopher said:“From an army of three divisions one can take away its general,and put it in disorder; from the man the most abject and vulgar one cannot take away his thoughts ”Do not seek so anxious to be developed,to subject yourself to many influences to be played on; it is all dissipation .Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights.”
29:It is life near the bone where it is sweetest.
30:Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only.Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.
31:A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prepay through the power of the majority.