It is one thing to be carried through an endless life, another thing to embrace the whole presence of an endless life together, which is manifestly proper to the divine Mind. The temporal world seems to emulate in part that which it cannot fully obtain or express, tying itself to whatever presence there is in this exiguous and fleeting moment - a presence which, since it carries a certain image of that abiding Presence, gives to whatever may partake of it the quality of seeming to have being. But because it could not stay, it undertook an infinite journey of time; and so it came to pass that, by going, it continued that life, whose plenitude it could not comprehend by staying.
The trouble of the many and various aims of mortal men bring them much care, and herein they go forward by different paths but strive to reach one end, which is happiness. And that good is that, to which if any man attain, he can desire nothing further... Happiness is a state which is made perfect by the union of all good things. This end all men seek to reach, as I said, though by different paths. For there is implanted by nature in the minds of men a desire for the true good; but error leads them astray towards false goods by wrong paths.
Silence is the understanding of fools, and one of the virtues of the wise.
The fear of one evil often leads us into a worse.
The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of work.
In love one has need of being believed, in friendship of being understood.
To resist the frigidity of old age one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study and love.
A child asked a man to pick a flower for her. that was simple enough. But when she said, "Now put it back," the man experienced a baffling helplessness he never knew before. "How can you explain that it cannot be done?" he asked. "How can one make clear to young people that there are some things which, once broken, once mutilated, can never be replaced or mended?"
It is a conscience very ill informed that violates the rights of one man, for the convenience of another.
Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it.
Habit is not mere subjugation, it is a tender tie; when one remembers habit it seems to have been happiness.
If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.
Hate no one - hate their vices, not themselves.
When you have overcome one temptation, you must be ready to enter the lists with another. As distrust, in some sense, is the mother of safety, so security is the gate of danger. A man had need to fear this most of all, that he fears not at all.
The average child is an almost non-existent myth. To be normal one must be peculiar in some way or another.
There is only one Duty. It is to realize the divinity within... our most sacred life purpose, the most honored ground of existence, and everything else must be made to subserve it.
Discourtesy does not spring merely from one bad quality, but from several - from foolish vanity, from ignorance of what is due to others, from indolence, from stupidity, from the distraction of thought, from contempt of others, from jealousy.
If one wishes to be esteemed, one must live with estimable people.
The slave has but one master; the ambitious man has as many as there are people useful to his fortune.
Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked.