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For what avail the plough or sail,
Or land or life, if freedom fail ?

Boston. If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him. 1

Nature. Addresses and Lectures. The American Scholar.
There is no great and no small?

To the Soul that maketh all;
And where it cometh, all things are;
And it cometh everywhere.

Essays. First Series. Epigraph to History. Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts.

History. Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.

Ibid. A man is a bundle of relations, a knot of roots, whose flower and fruitage is the world.

Ibid. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.

Self-Reliance. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

bid. . To be great is to be misunderstood.

Ibid. Discontent is the want of self-reliance : it is infirmity of will.

Ibid. Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.

Compensation. It is impossible for a man to be cheated by any one but himself, as for a thing to be and not to be at the same time.


DISRAELI: Tancred,

1 Everything comes if a man will only wait. book iv. chap. viii.

2 See Pope, page 316.

Proverbs, like the sacred books of each nation, are the sanctuary of the intuitions.

Essys. First Series. Compensation. Every action is measured by the depth of the sentiment from which it proceeds.

Spiritual Laus.

All mankind love a lover.


A ruddy drop of manly blood

The surging sea outweighs ;
The world uncertain comes and goes,
The lover rooted stays.

Epigraph to Friendship. A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature.

Friendship. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.


There is nothing settled in manners, but the laws of behaviour yield to the energy of the individual.

Essays. Second Series. Manners. And with Cæsar to take in his hand the army, the empire, and Cleopatra, and say, “ All these will I relinquish if you will show me the fountain of the Nile."

New England Reformers. He is great who is what he is from Nature, and who never reminds us of others.

Representative Men. Uses of Great Men. Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in ? 1

Montaigne. Thought is the property of him who can entertain it, and of him who can adequately place it.


1 See Davies, page 176.

The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue.

English Traits. Race.

you can do.

I find the Englishman to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes.

Manners. A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence.

Aristocracy. The manly part is to do with might and main what

The Conduct of Life. Wealth. The alleged power to charm down insanity, or ferocity in beasts, is a power behind the eye.

Behaviour. Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.

Ibid. Good is a good doctor, but Bad is sometimes a better.

Considerations by the Way. God may forgive sins, he said, but awkwardness has no forgiveness in heaven or earth.

Society and Solitude. Hitch your wagon to a star.

Civilization. I rarely read any Latin, Greek, German, Italian, sometimes not a French book, in the original, which I can procure in a good version. I like to be beholden to the great metropolitan English speech, the sea which receives tributaries from every region under heaven. I should as soon think of swimming across Charles River when I wish to go to Boston, as of reading all my books in origi. nals when I have them rendered for me in my mother tongue.

Books. We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count.

Old Age.

Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy. Letters and Social Aims. Social Aims.

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.

Quotation and Originality.

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.

Letters and Social Aims. Quotation and Originulity. When Shakespeare is charged with debts to his authors, Landor replies, " Yet he was more original than his originals. He breathed upon dead bodies and brought them into life.”

Ibid. In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.


The passages of Shakespeare that we most prize were never quoted until within this century.

Ibid. Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force; that thoughts rule the world.

Progress of Culture. Phi Beta Kappa Address, July 18, 1867. I do not find that the age or country makes the least difference; no, nor the language the actors spoke, nor the religion which they professed, whether Arab in the desert or Frenchman in the Academy. I see that sensible men and conscientious men all over the world were of one religion.?

Lectures and Biographical Sketches. The Preacher.


'T is always morn somewhere in the world.8

Orion. Book iii. Canto ii. (1843.)

1 There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought. Cardinal du Perron has been heard to say that the happy application of a verse of Virgil has deserved a talent. — BAYLE : vol. ii. p. 779.

Though old the thought and oft exprest,
'Tis his at last who says it best.

Lowell: For an Autograph. 2 See Johnson, page 370.

& 'T is always morn somewhere. – LONGFELLOW : Wayside Inn. Birds of Killingworth, stanza 16.


My country is the world; my countrymen are mankind.

Prospectus of the Public Liberator, 1830. I am in earnest. I will not equivocate; I will not excuse; I will not retreat a single inch ; and I will be heard !

Salutatory of the Liberator, Jan. 1, 1831. Our country is the world; our countrymen are mankind.

Motto of the Liberator, Vol. i. No. 1, 1831. I will be as harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice.

The Liberator, Vol. i. No. 1, 1831. Our country is the world; our countrymen are all mankind.

Prospectus of the Liberator, Dec. 15, 1837. The compact which exists between the North and the South is a covenant with death and an agreement with hell.?

Resolution adopted by the Antislavery Society, Jan. 27, 1843.

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Old England is our home, and Englishmen are we;
Our tongue is known in every clime, our flag in every sea.

Old England is our Home. “Will you walk into my parlour ?" said a spider to a fly; “ 'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy.”

The Spider and the Fly.

1 Socrates said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world. – PLUTARCH : On Bunishment.

Diogenes, when asked from what country he came, replied, “I am a citizen of the world." DIOGENES LAERTIUS.

My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. – THOMAS PAINE: Rights of Man, chap. v.

2 We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement. - Isaiah xxviii. 15.

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