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" Almost every labourer has his Sunday suit, very often really good clothes, sometimes glossy black, with the regulation 'chimney pot'. His unfortunate walk betrays him, dress how he will. "
" The heart looks into space to be away from earth. "
" It is injurious to the mind as well as to the body to be always in one place and always surrounded by the same circumstances. "
" The impression left after watching the motions of birds is that of extreme mobility - a life of perpetual impulse checked only by fear. "
" If every plant and flower were found in all places, the charm of locality would not exist. Everything varies, and that gives the interest. "
" I desire a greatness of soul, an irradiance of mind, a deeper insight, a broader hope. "
" There are people in this servile world who will endure any trampling, and at the first beck rush delightedly to proffer their assistance. "
" Is there anything so delicious as the first exploration of a great library - alone - unwatched? "
" To the soul, there is no past and no future; all is, and will be ever, in now. For artificial purposes time is mutually agreed on, but there is really no such thing. "
" An inspiration - a long, deep breath of the pure air of thought - could alone give health to the heart. "
" The workman in the true sense of the word - the artist in guns - is either extinct, or hidden in an obscure corner. There is no individuality about modern guns. One is exactly like another. "
" That I may have the soul-life, the soul-nature, let divine beauty bring to me divine soul. "
" I believe in the human form; let me find something, some method, by which that form may achieve the utmost beauty. "
" Beauty - what is beauty, forsooth? Form and color; that is, surface only. Fortune - what is fortune? Nothing is ever a pleasure or a real profit to him who has to labour for it. Truth - you die in the pursuit, and the sea beats the beach as it did a thousand years ago. The stolid are alone happy. "
" A man, to read, must read alone. He may make extracts, he may work at books in company; but to read, to absorb, he must be solitary. "
" This sunlight linked me through the ages to that past consciousness. "
" Now is eternity; now is the immortal life. "
" No tyrant, however evil, has yet lacked ready hands to execute his most abominable will. To read how eagerly men have rushed to serve the despot is the bitterest, the saddest matter of history; it is the saddest sight in our own day. "
" Ever since the world began, it has been the belief of mankind that desolate places are the special haunt of supernatural beings. "
" A kestrel can and does hover in the dead calm of summer days, when there is not the faintest breath of wind. He will, and does, hover in the still, soft atmosphere of early autumn, when the gossamer falls in showers, coming straight down as if it were raining silk. "
" Science, as illustrated by the printing press, the telegraph, the railway, is a double-edged sword. At the same moment that it puts an enormous power in the hands of the good man, it also offers an equal advantage to the evil disposed. "
" The lover of nature has the highest art in his soul. "
" It would seem that the ant works its way tentatively, and, observing where it fails, tries another place and succeeds. "
" Look at another person while living; the soul is not visible, only the body which it animates. Therefore, merely because after death the soul is not visible is no demonstration that it does not still live. "
" Give me power of soul, so that I may actually effect by its will that which I strive for. "