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"Universities are of course hostile to geniuses, which, seeing and using ways of their own, discredit the routine: as churches and monasteries persecute youthful saints."
"So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours."
"To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men-that is genius."
"It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age."
"The less government we have the better."
"What I must do is all that concerns me. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it."
"To be great is to be misunderstood."
"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons."
"The reason why all men honor love is because it looks up, and not down; aspires and not despairs."
"We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body."