"The first duty of love is to listen."
"Alone in distant woods or fields, in unpretending sprout lands or pastures tracked by rabbits, even on a black and, to most, cheerless day, like this, when a villager would be thinking of his inn, I come to myself, I once more feel myself grandly related, and that the cold and solitude are friends of mine. I suppose that this value, in my case, is equivalent to what others get by churchgoing and prayer. I come to my solitary woodland walk as the homesick go home… It is as if I always met in those places some grand, serene, immortal, infinitely encouraging, though invisible, companion, and walked with him."
"Sacred writings are bound in two volumes—that of creation and that of Holy Scripture."
"All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others."
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
"For all things difficult to acquire, the intelligent man works with perseverance."
"Becoming 'awake' involves seeing our confusion more clearly."
"A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs."
"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this."
"You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine."
"It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose your own."
"Make up your mind to rejoice in this paradise called life."
"All generalizations are false, including this one."
"What many of us miss, in our physical dis-ease, is that our bodies remain God’s best way of getting to us. . . . Deep suffering makes theologians of us all. The questions people ask about God in Sunday school rarely compare with the questions we ask while we are in the hospital."
"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced."
"I can live for two months on a good compliment."
“We hear and apprehend only what we already half know.”
"Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation."
"The hangman whom I have seen cannot hang me. The earth which I have seen cannot bury me."
The life which society proposes to me to live is so artificial and complex - bolstered up on many weak supports, and sure to topple down at last - that no man surely can ever be inspired to live it, and only “old fogies” ever praise it. At best some think it their duty to live it. I believe in the infinite joy and satisfaction of helping myself and others to the extent of my ability. But what is the use in trying to live simply, raising what you eat, making what you wear, building what you inhabit, burning what you cut or dig, when those to whom you are allied insanely want and will have a thousand other things which neither you nor they can raise and nobody else, perchance, will pay for? The fellow-man to whom you are yoked is a steer that is ever bolting right the other way."