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Quote Left Temperament lies behind mood; behind will, lies the fate of character. Then behind both, the influence of family the tyranny of culture; and finally the power of climate and environment; and we are free, only to the extent we rise above these. Quote Right
Quote Left The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet. A bird seems to be at the top of the scale, so vehement and intense his life. . . . The beautiful vagabonds, endowed with every grace, masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds -- how many human aspirations are realised in their free, holiday-lives -- and how many suggestions to the poet in their flight and song! Quote Right
Quote Left Every walk to the woods is a religious rite, every bath in the stream is a saving ordinance. Communion service is at all hours, and the bread and wine are from the heart and marrow of Mother Earth. Quote Right
Quote Left In the fields and woods more than anything else all things come to those who wait, because all things are on the move, and are sure sooner or later to come your way. To absorb a thing is better than to learn it, and we absorb what we enjoy. We learn things at school; we absorb them in the fields and woods. When we look upon Nature with fondness and appreciation, she meets us halfway and takes a deeper hold on us than when studiously conned. Hence I say the way of knowledge of Nature is the way of love and enjoyment, and is more surely found in the open air than in the school room or the laboratory. Quote Right
Quote Left The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet. A bird seems to be at the top of the scale, so vehement and intense his life. . . . The beautiful vagabonds, endowed with every grace, masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds -- how many human aspirations are realised in their free, holiday-lives -- and how many suggestions to the poet in their flight and song Quote Right
Quote Left It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative. Quote Right
Quote Left For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice -- no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service. Quote Right
Quote Left Travel and society polish one, but a rolling stone gathers no moss, and a little moss is a good thing on a man. Quote Right
Quote Left Life is a struggle, but not a warfare. Quote Right
Quote Left The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Quote Right
Quote Left The secret of happiness is something to do. Quote Right
Quote Left Science is a capital or fund perpetually reinvested; it accumulates, rolls up, is carried forward by every new man. Every man of science has a... Quote Right
Quote Left The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood. Quote Right
Quote Left Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral. Quote Right
Quote Left The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood. Quote Right
Quote Left Blessed is the man who has some congenial work, some occupation in which he can put his heart, and which affords a complete outlet to all the forces there are in him. Quote Right
Quote Left The spirit of man can endure only so much and when it is broken only a miracle can mend it. Quote Right
Quote Left The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is 'look under foot.' You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think. Quote Right
Quote Left Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years. Quote Right
Quote Left A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. Quote Right