We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character.
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- Visit the Navy-Yard, and behold a marine, such a man as an American government can make, or such as it can make a man with its black arts — a mere shadow and reminiscence of humanity, a man laid out alive and standing, and already, as one may say, buried under arms with funeral accompaniments.
- I fear chiefly lest my expression may not be extravagant enough, may not wander far enough beyond the narrow limit of my daily experience, so as to be adequate to the truth of which I have been convinced. Extravagance! it depends on how you are yarded.
- Is not disease the rule of existence? There is not a lily pad floating on the river but has been riddled by insects. Almost every shrub and tree has its gall, oftentimes esteemed its chief ornament and hardly to be distinguished from the fruit. If misery loves company, misery has company enough. Now, at midsummer, find me a perfect leaf or fruit.
- We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language.
- Pity the man who has a character to support –it is worse than a large family — he is silent poor indeed.
- It takes two to speak truth — one to speak, and another to hear.