Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
I felt in my bones that Alfred Kazin was right to suggest that ‘the deepest side of being American is the sense of being like nothing before us in history’ – a historical conceit that privileged biography as the narrative of the exceptionalist experience.
If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
The ancestor of every action is a thought.
Wherever the invitation of men or your own occasions lead you, speak the very truth, as your life and conscience teach it, and cheer the waiting, fainting hearts of men with new hope and new revelation.
A man in debt is so far a slave.
The method of nature: who could ever analyze it?
Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.
There is a blessed necessity by which the interest of men is always driving them to the right; and, again, making all crime mean and ugly.