A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
Men have become the tools of their tools.
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.
A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.
A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
The world is but a canvas to the imagination.