American Educator, Writer, Philosopher and Reformer
"Enthusiasm imparts itself magnetically and fuses all into one happy and harmonious unity of feeling and sentiment."
"Good-humor, gay spirits, are the liberators the sure cure for spleen and melancholy. deeper than tears, these irradiate the tophets with their glad heavens. Go laugh, vent the pits, transmuting imps into angels by the alchemy of smiles. The satans flee at the sight of these redeemers."
"Nor do we accept as genuine the person not characterized by this blushing bashfulness, this youthfulness of heart, this sensibility to the sentiment of suavity, and self-respect. Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds. None are truly great without his ornament."
"The surest sign of age is loneliness. While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot be old, whatever his years may be."
"Thought means life, since those who do not think do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man."
"The wisest and best are repulsive, if they are characterized by repulsive manners. Politeness is an easy virtue, costs little, and has great purchasing power."
"The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence... He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him."
"Truth is inclusive of all the virtues, is older than sects and schools, and, like charity, more ancient than mankind."
"When one becomes indifferent to women, to children, to young people, he may know that he is superannuated, and has withdrawn from whatsoever is sweetest and purest in human existence."
"We mount to heaven mostly on the ruins of our cherished schemes, finding our failures were successes."
"Travel makes all men countrymen, makes people noblemen and kings, every man tasting of liberty and dominion."
"While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be."
"Ideas, when vented in a book, carry with them a kind of dignity and certainty which awe many into implicit belief."
"We mount to heaven mostly in the ruins of our cherished schemes, finding our failures were successes."
"Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man."
"Yet the deepest truths are best read between the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to be written."
"Love designs, thought sketches, action sculptures the works of spirit. Love is divine, conceiving, creating, completing, all things. Love is the Genius of Spirit."
"Every man’s ideas, sentiments, senses, are individual revelations of the Infinite and Spiritual. United, these are the Revealed Will and Truth of God. But then, each sees only that which his own being displays to him, and shutteth his eye to the rest."