I would not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.
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- I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.
- If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
- You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.
- There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
- A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.
- The earth is not a mere fragment of dead history, stratum upon stratum like the leaves of a book, to be studied by geologists and antiquaries chiefly, but living poetry like the leaves of a tree, which precede flowers and fruit — not a fossil earth, but a living earth; compared with whose great central life all animal and vegetable life is merely parasitic. Its throes will heave our exuviate from their graves.