The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked what I thought, and attended to my answer.
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- We are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspected.
- He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.
- My facts shall be falsehoods to the common sense. I would so state facts that they shall be significant, shall be myths or mythologies. Facts which the mind perceived, thoughts which the body thought — with these I deal.
- It takes two to speak truth — one to speak, and another to hear.
- You must get your living by loving, or at least half your life is a failure.
- There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. I please myself with imagining a State at last which can afford to be just to all men, and to treat the individual with respect as a neighbor; which even would not think it inconsistent with its own repose if a few went to live aloof from it, not meddling with it, nor embraced by it, who fulfilled all the duties of neighbors and fellow-men. A State which bore this kind of fruit, and suffered it to drop off as fast as it ripened, would prepare the way for a still more perfect and glorious State, which also I have imagined, but not yet anywhere seen.