The most characteristic mark of a great mind is to choose some one important object, and pursue it for life.
The great medley of Oregon and California emigrants, at their camps around Independence, had heard reports that several additional parties were on the point of setting out from St. Joseph’s farther to the northward.
Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.
Each person is an enigma. You’re a puzzle not only to yourself but also to everyone else, and the great mystery of our time is how we penetrate this puzzle.
To be a great man and a saint for oneself, that is the only important thing.
A very great Iliad… concerns the creation of a nation.
To write the lives of the great in separating them from their works necessarily ends by above all stressing their pettiness, because it is in their work that they have put the best of themselves.
A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly.
The greatness of man is great in that he knows himself to be wretched. A tree does not know itself to be wretched.