It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them – the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.
We want a world where life is preserved, and the quality of life is enriched for everybody, not only for the privileged.
The admiration of a quality or of an art may be so strong as to deter us from aspiring to possess that quality or art.
A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in, not out.
When a man is taken in a mystical sense, his qualities are often signified by his actions, and by the circumstances of things about him.
Since all motives at bottom are selfish and ignoble, we may judge acts and qualities only be their effects.
Much less is it adviseable for a Person to go thither who has no other Quality to recommend him but his Birth. In Europe it has indeed its Value, but it is a Commodity that cannot be carried to a worse Market than to that of America, where People do not enquire concerning a Stranger, What is he? but What can he do?