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Every artist was first an amateur.
[Art]
 

Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
 

Every burned book enlightens the world.
[Censorship]
 

Every calamity is a spur and valuable hint.
[Adversity]
 

Every evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor. - As the Sandwich Islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes into himself, so we gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
 

Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.
 

Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other: given the upper, to find the under side.
 

Every genuine work of art has as much reason for being as the earth and the sun.
 

Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm. - Nothing great was ever achieved without it.
[Enthusiasm]
 

Every great man is a unique. - The Scipionism of Scipio is precisely that part which he could not borrow.
[Individuality]
 

Every hero becomes a bore at last.
 

Every individual nature has its own beauty. - In every company, at every fireside, one is struck with the riches of nature, when he hears so many tones, all musical, sees in each person original manners which have a proper and peculiar charm, and reads new expressions of face. - He perceives that nature has laid for each the foundations of a divine building if the soul will build thereon.
[Individuality]
 

Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.
 

Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.
[Courage]
 

Every man I meet is in some way my superior.
 

Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults.
 

Every man is a borrower and a mimic; life is theatrical and literature a quotation.
[Imitation]
 

Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer. He is by constitution expensive, and needs to be rich.
 

Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool. It seems as if heaven had sent its insane angels into our world as to an asylum. And here they will break out into their native music, and utter at intervals the words they have heard in heaven; then the mad fit returns, and they mope and wallow like dogs!
[Man]
 

Every man is a hero and an oracle to somebody, and to that, person, whatever he says, has an enhanced value.
[Heroism]
 


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