If fame belonged to me, I could not escape her; if she did not, the longest day would pass me on the chase, and the approbation of my dog would forsake me then. My barefoot rank is better.
Category Archive: 1830
They might not need me; but they might. I’ll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity.
A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
I must be free… free to do what I like, say what I like, write what I like, within the limits prescribed for me by my own sense of what is seemly and fitting.
In life there is nothing more unexpected and surprising than the arrivals and departures of pleasure. If we find it in one place today, it is vain to seek it there tomorrow. You can not lay a trap for it.
Every man should follow the bent of his nature in art and letters, always provided that he does not offend against the rules of morality and good taste.
A great man is the man who does something for the first time.
People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
Natural Selection never made it come to pass, as a habit of nature, that an unsupported stone should move downwards rather than upwards. It applies to no part of inorganic nature, and is very limited even in the phenomena of organic life.