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Literature is the Thought of thinking Souls.
 

Little dew-drops of celestial melody.
[Song]
 

Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.
 

Look up, and behold the eternal fields of light that lie round about the throne of God. Had no star ever appeared in the heavens, to man there would have been no heavens; and he would have laid himself down to his last sleep, in a spirit of anguish, as upon a gloomy earth vaulted over by a material arch-solid and impervious.
 

Love is ever the beginning of Knowledge as fire is of light.
[Life]
 

Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith.
[Passion]
 

Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness.
 

Macaulay is well for awhile, but one wouldn't live under Niagara.
 

Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one rascal less in the world.
[Honesty]
 

Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
[Machine]
 

Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope.
[Hope]
 

Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.
[Unhappiness]
 

Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can.
[Duty]
 

Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.
 

Men's hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only.
 

Midas longed for gold.-He got it, so that whatever he touched became gold, and he, with his long ears, was little the better for it.
[Gold]
 

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
[Music]
 

Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.
[Action]
 

Nature admits no lie.
 

Nature is the time-vesture of God that reveals him to the wise, and hides him from the foolish.
[Nature]
 


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