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.[Die Bewunderung einer Eigenschaft oder Kunst kann so stark sein, dass sie uns abhält, nach ihrem Besitz zu streben.]
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?
If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.