A name pronounced is the recognition of the individual to whom it belongs. He who can pronounce my name aright, he can call me, and is entitled to my love and service.
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- If the fairest features of the landscape are to be named after men, let them be the noblest and worthiest men alone.
- Wherever a man goes, men will pursue him and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.
- Nations! What are nations? Tartars! and Huns! and Chinamen! Like insects they swarm. The historian strives in vain to make them memorable. It is for want of a man that there are so many men. It is individuals that populate the world.
- Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution –such call I good books.
- I have a great deal of company in my house; especially in the morning, when nobody calls.
- To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit it and read it are old women over their tea.